Olaeris’ YouTube video says the company still wants to open its southeastern headquarters in Macon. It claims Olaeris will create new jobs and invest millions of dollars in the city. Olaeris also says it will create programs to help educate students in local schools about the drone industry.
Representatives with Olaeris claim the drones reduces emergency response times and improves public safety transparency. The video also blames the media for the agreement not passing in July.
Commissioners voted to table the agenda item, which means they will need to vote to reopen the discussion. Some commissioners said the price was their biggest concern. The company’s CEO Ted Lindsley told commissioners at a meeting on July 14 the drones are about 50 pounds and the size of a "king size mattress."
Macon-Bibb commissioners were considering purchasing about 16 of the drones.
During his presentation to commissioners, Lindsley said "to my knowledge, we’re the only drone company in the world that’s aligned with a major civil rights organization. The ACLU will participate in this with us."
Stacy Sullivan from the ACLU headquarters in New York called 41NBC and said the ACLU does not endorse Lindsley’s product, nor have any sort of agreement with the company. Lindsley explained Olaeris doesn’t have a partnership with the national office, but rather a working relationship with state affiliates.
The video says if commissioners vote no on the agreement, Olaeris will go to another city. If commissioners vote yes, Olaeris and the county will come up with an agreement that makes Olaeris deliver on all its promises before the county spends any money, according to the video.
The video asks people to click "like" if they support Olaeris in Macon. As of 12:45 p.m., there were 19 likes and 21 dislikes. The comments are disabled.
County spokesperson Chris Floore said there is no meeting scheduled between the county and Olaeris.