The Eatonville Town Council approved a pair of resolutions authorizing the use of American Rescue Plan Act Funds for the purchase of equipment for the police department.
The ARPA is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden last year meant to speed up the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eatonville’s allocation of ARPA funds is $844,702, with half provided in June 2021 and the balance expected this month.
The council authorized the purchase of five tasers from Scottsdale, Arizona-based Axon Enterprises for $13,954.27.
“Our current tasers are five years old,” Police Chief Jason Laliberte explained. “They’re technically outdated. They have to be replaced, whether we choose to go with the new model or not.”
He described the new tasers as more advanced, requiring less maintenance and more effective.
The council also passed an ordinance authorizing the town to spend $4,000 from its ARPA funds to purchase five in-vehicle docking cradles from Warminster, Pennsylvania-based Havis, Inc.
The docking cradles are to be used with surplus laptops acquired by the police department for its vehicles. The new laptops are not compatible with the current docking cradles.