On Nov. 4, Avondale city council unanimously agreed to approve the funding of three projects.
The brief meeting was held at Avondale City Hall, with council members participating telephone.
Mayor Kenn Weise thanked the citizens who attended the meeting in person to listen to the telephone conference.
“We’re not normally that quick and we’re not normally this easy,” Weise joked.
Council members accepted a grant award of $16,629 for barrier hoods designed to protect firefighters from chemicals, the city council report says.
More fires today are considered hazardous materials events due to the higher amount of synthetic and plastic materials found in buildings, the report said.
The barrier hoods will better shield firefighters from the dangerous particles plastics give off when burned.
Council authorized the purchase of land at Avondale Blvd. between Coldwater Springs Blvd. and Civic Center Drive for $581,526.
The city will buy the land from Sundt Construction, who had purchased the land in 2003, and developed a headquarters for four businesses including ISM Raceway. The remaining parcels have not been developed.
The original agreement allows the city to repurchase the land if nothing was built within eight years.
In June, council was presented plans to develop office buildings.
This purchase was not included in the original budget for fiscal year 2019-20. Council agreed to use money from the general fund.
Council also approved $21,408 for the construction of a screen wall around the emergency generator located at the Emergency Operations Center on S. Avondale Blvd.
The screen wall is meant to improve the overall look of the building, the report says. The generator provides power to the center and the 911 backup call center when there is a “discontinuance of electrical service,” the city council report says.
The next Avondale city council meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 12.