Cadillac City Council Considering Purchase of New Type of Restraint for Police Officers | New
CADILLAC – Cadillac city council is expected to discuss on Monday purchasing a state-of-the-art restraint system for officers that will give them another tool to apprehend suspects in a way that minimizes the use of force .
According to council documents, the police department has researched a new less-than-lethal tool called BolaWrap and is seeking approval for the acquisition of 13 units.
The units will be assigned to four sergeants, eight patrollers and a school resources manager.
âThe system uses small hooks around a cord which, when deployed, wraps around the ends,â the board’s document says. âThe hooks are designed to prevent minor puncture injuries, and the packaging ensures that the ends cannot be moved, but the person still has the option of protecting themselves in the event of a fall. More importantly, the use of this type of system falls much lower on the force use continuum and is classified in the same way as restraint with handcuffs. The main objective of deploying this system would be to prevent events from escalating to the point where a higher level of force is required. “
The other advantages of using the BolaWrap are as follows: they do not work by inflicting pain on the suspect; they can be used on subjects for which other strength options may not be adequate or appropriate (ie, elderly, mentally ill); and there is a larger area to target for deployment – the entire leg area (optimal from the knees down) as well as the arms (optimal from the elbows down).
The cost for 13 units is $ 16,272.50 and acquisition is only available through a regional distributor, Vance’s Law Enforcement. Staff recommended that the board forgo the tenders due to the fact that Vance’s Law enforcement is the only source available to acquire the units.
Funds for the purchase are available in the general fund.
Also on Monday, the board is expected to consider a recommendation to purchase a new HVAC system for the building used by the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
The city owns the office building located at 120 W. Chapin St. which is currently leased to EGLE under a lease that runs until 2037.
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Cadi This building is now over 25 years old and the mechanical systems need to be improved, according to council documents. The control system is outdated and parts are difficult if not impossible to find for repairs. The cooling system experienced regular and catastrophic failures throughout the summer of 2021.
City staff consulted with a mechanical engineering firm to perform a systems analysis and recommended a plan to replace these systems.
Offers were recently posted for this project and the recommendation from mechanical engineering firm, Nealis Engineering, is to award the offer to the lowest bidder, Top Notch Heating, Cooling and Geothermal for $ 257,800.
Staff also recommended that a 10% contingency be allowed for the project in the event of unexpected changes in the scope of the project.
Funds for this project are available in the building authority’s operating fund.
The Council will also hold a public hearing on Monday on a proposed transfer of ownership in the industrial park to Cadillac Renewable Energy.
In 1994, the city and the Cadillac Local Development Finance Authority entered into an agreement with Beaver Michigan Associates Limited Partnership to supply the company with water from a well located on property in Harry Vanderjagt Industrial Park.
When the deal expires on October 31, it was stipulated that the city and LDFA could transfer ownership of the well to Beaver, which is now Cadillac Renewable Energy.
Cadillac city manager Marcus Peccia told council last month that staff had considered the option of transferring ownership of the well to Cadillac Renewable Energy and believed it would benefit the city.
The town currently has one employee who works five hours a week maintaining the well. By transferring ownership, Cadillac Renewable Energy would perform this maintenance itself and the municipal employee would be free to perform other duties.
Additionally, Peccia said the transfer of the well would also benefit the city as it is able to charge Cadillac Renewable Energy per 100 cubic feet of water; under the current arrangement developed in the 1990s, the company pays a fraction of what other users pay.
Cadillac City Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. at the Cadillac Municipal Complex, located at 200 North Lake Street.