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Avon plans new middle school and expands school P.D. jurisdiction

Compiled by Peg McRoy

The Avon Town Council met Aug. 10. Meetings can be viewed at avonindiana.gov/livestream. The council normally meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Avon Town Hall, 6570 E. U.S. 36. Beginning in Sept. the council will meet the first and third Thursdays of the month for the balance of the year. The next scheduled meeting is Sept. 7.

What happened: The council was introduced to the request for the rezoning of land located roughly west of CR 400 E. and south of E. CR 100 S. This site is designated for the building of a new Avon Middle School West. That land where it will be built is currently zoned agricultural and the request is to rezone it institutionally, allowing for the construction of the new school. This introduction is the first step in the rezoning process.

What this means: The current plans for the new Avon Middle School West include a gymnasium, cafetorium, two-story academic wing, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, a football and track field, a discus and shot-put area, and practice fields. The middle school will accommodate sixth, seventh, and eighth graders with a target capacity of between 937 to 987 students at opening.  If the community continues to grow the facility can grow too by expanding its capacity to 1,150 students. A new institutional master plan will be developed after the rezoning.

What happened: A resolution was approved that allows the Avon Community School Corporation Police Department to have concurrent territorial jurisdiction with the Town of Avon Police Department.

What this means: This allows the school police department to carry their police powers beyond the property limits of the school. School officers are sometimes required to travel from school to school and police action might be required between the school properties.

What happened: The council approved a change order to the D.C. Construction Services contract in the amount of $126,532 for the paving of CR 100 S. section proximate to Oxford Park Subdivision and Oxford Park Boulevard from CR 100 S. to Bally Bunion Drive.

What this means: The original contract with D.C. Construction Services was $99,628. The staff recommended installing a speed table at White Lick Creek Trail Crossing at CR 625 E. This installation is at an additional cost of $26,904 bringing the total for the contract to $126,532.  A speed table, as opposed to a speed bump, is a traffic slowing table that raises the entire wheelbase of a vehicle to reduce its speed. A speed table is longer than a speed bump.

What happened: The public works department was given the go ahead to purchase a fleet truck for at a cost of $47,566.

What this means: Quote requests were sent to five dealerships and the lowest bid came from Andy Mohr Ford in the amount of $47,566. The budget for the purchase of this vehicle was $42,000. The balance of the cost will be pulled from the MVH (Motor Vehicle Highway) funds. The new vehicle is a 2023 Ford F-150 XL truck.

What happened: An ordinance was introduced that puts stops on various intersections within the Oxford Park Annexation.

What this means: Eleven vehicle stops will be put into various intersections of Oxford Park. These include the southwest corner of Dunewood Way and Bally Bunion Dr., the northeast corner of Baltustrol Run and Bally Bunion Dr., the southwest corner of CR 525 E. and Baltustrol Dr., the southeast corner of Dunewood Way and Baltustrol Dr., the northwest corner of Dunewood Way and Balustrol Run, the northeast corner of Baltustrol Run and Dunewood Way, the southwest corner of Baltustrol Dr. and Dunewood Way,  the southeast corner of Baltustrol Dr. and Kingston Heath, the northwest corner of Bally Bunion Dr. and Oxford Blvd., the southeast corner of CR 100 S. and Oxford Blvd., and the northwest corner of Bally Bunion Dr. and Shinnecock Crest.

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