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Brunswick road crews to be tracked

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BRUNSWICK — Software to document what road crews are doing soon will find its way into city service vehicles following a unanimous City Council vote Monday night.

The vote authorizes City Manager Carl DeForest to request proposals for the installation of the activity-tracking devices.

DeForest said the Automated Vehicle Location devices are in the 2018 budget, and Paul Barnett, the city’s director of public service, will handle pricing for the city.

“An estimated cost is about $48,000 for the initial installation and then probably around $6,000 each year after that,” Barnett said.

Once installed in city vehicles, the devices will document what the road crews are doing.

“We know where they are at, what they are doing and what services they are providing,” Barnett said.

During a heavy storm, for example, Barnett said the city can get up to 150 calls from people who believe road crews are doing something wrong, but the city lacks any way to determine whether or not that is the case.

“This is the proof of what actually went on,” he said.

Barnett said he instituted this technology while working for Akron.

“I would say for every 1,000 complaints we got that we proved were inaccurate, we had one complaint that was accurate,” Barnett said. “Basically, it helps protect the guys.”

Other business

  • Ardy Thiffault from the Brunswick Food Pantry thanked council members for their support over the past year. She said 2017 was a record-breaking year for the pantry, which served 2,265 families, an increase of 317 families from the previous year.
    “It is a continuing, growing need, so we just really appreciate the support that the city gives to the food pantry,” Thiffault said. “We are grateful that you let us bring donations here. It is an awesome, awesome thing.”
  • Ward 1 Councilman Mike Abella Jr. was selected to serve as the city’s vice mayor and council president.
    “My No. 1 commitment is still to the residents of Ward 1, that won’t change at all,” Abella said. “This position that I have accepted, I will work on bringing this great council together (and) continuing doing great things.”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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