Avon Town Council approves police vehicle purchase, leadership training.

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Avon Town Council met on Sept. 23, at Avon Town Hall. The meeting can be viewed on the town’s Facebook page and YouTube. The next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m., Oct. 7, 6570 E. U.S. 36. The ICON will report on that meeting in the next issue.

 

What happened: The council approved for the police department to purchase three Chevrolet Tahoe police pursuit vehicles. Five were ordered last year. The budget for the 2021-22 year allows for the purchase of six vehicles. 

What this means: APD placed an order in September 2020 with Kelley Chevrolet, which has the state bid for police pursuit vehicles, for five Tahoes. Due to supply chain problems, they are expected to arrive in mid-October 2021. In JulyKelley Chevrolet ordered three additional police pursuit Tahoes and offered them to the Avon police department at the same base price of $34,490 as the ones bought in 2020. The additional vehicles are also expected to arrive in October. Given the difficulty in acquiring new vehicles, the council approved the purchase. The cost of three vehicles is $103,470, with a total expenditure of $275,920 for all eight. This does not include the cost to install emergency equipment. 

 

What happened: The council approved the quote for a staff leadership training session with the Gallagher-Westfall Group. This training series is for 25 employees, will last 10 days and costs $34,200. 

What this means: Town manager Ryan Cannon said the town previously offered this training to town, and it establishes a cohesive leadership culture and ensures department heads implement proper leadership techniques. Ten people from the town and 15 from the police department will participate on topics including leading self, leading others, the leader as coach and leading within an organization.

 

What happened: Joe Lenehan, director of land development for Olthof Homes, delivered an introductory presentation for a planned unit development (PUD) on County Road 200 North and a request for the rezoning of 122 acres of farmland located at E. County Road 100 S and S. County Road 450 E. Olthof Homes takes feedback from the council before presenting these proposals to the redevelopment commission. 

What this means: The proposed PUD is 16.6 acres of farmland between County Road 900 East and North Ronald Reagan Parkway. The proposal includes a single-family townhome apartment complex with a 55 and older community. The council responded that they liked Olthof’s product but not the location of this PUD. 

The rezoning of the 122 acres of farmland located at E. County Road 100 South and S. County Road 450 E received strong statements of opposition from council members Greg Zusan and Dawn Lowden. When this property was annexed to the town two years ago, promises were made to adjacent landowners, and this proposal does not fit into those commitments. Zusan said that Olthof needs to have a conversation with the adjacent landowners regarding their proposal for developing this land. 

Lenehan said they would pursue talks with adjacent landowners of the 122 acres.