AUSTIN CO. APPROVES PURCHASE OF FOUR NEW DRONES

  

Austin County will soon have new sets of eyes in the sky.

Austin County commissioners recently approved the purchase of four Yuneec Typhoon H Plus drones.

The drones, which are remote-controlled flying cameras, cost $2,756.98 each and were purchased with grant money from the Rebuild Texas Fund. They will be used by three of the four precincts.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Rinn stated at the meeting that he could not see a use for them and only agreed to vote for the purchase if his precinct’s drone went to the county’s emergency management office.

On the other hand, Precinct 4 Commissioner Chip Reed was thrilled about the new equipment because the county has to perform inspections under bridges and in hard-to-reach places, where an aerial resource could be useful.

County Judge Tim Lapham said the drones will only be used by licensed operators.

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