Gerke to present Axon proposal to supply OPD

Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke will ask the city council Tuesday to consider entering a 10-year $7 million agreement with Axon to supply his officers with specialized equipment such as Tasers and body-worn cameras, along with software and training programs.

According to the proposal from Axon, the city could save $5 million over 10 years by entering the agreement rather than purchasing the items “a la carte.”

Gerke will make a presentation during Tuesday’s council workshop.

In other matters:

The council will also be asked to consider signing a $356,797 contract with ONYX General Contractors to improve drainage, handicap access and sidewalks at 10 intersections, including those at Penbrook Street and Bonham Avenue, Dixie Boulevard and Walnut Avenue and P Bar Ranch Road and King Ranch.

The council will also be asked to consider accepting a $20,000 donation to Odessa Fire Rescue from the Occidental Petroleum Company and $10,000 to OFR from Chevron.

In addition, the city will be asked to give an $82,900 contract to Crafro of Chandler for five-years worth of crack sealing compound.

There will also be a discussion on future work sessions.