Redding Safety Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Town Hall Hearing Room
The meeting was called to order at 4:04 p.m.
Present: Mark O’Donnell (co-chair), Jeff Hanson (co-chair), Krista Gramer (secretary), Ken Larkin, Helen Gore, Willie Roman, Shaun Donnelly, Alice Smith
Minutes of the June 1, 2017 meeting were approved. (O’Donnell/Gore)
• Willie Roman reported that an estimate has been received from Positively Electric for installation of a pole with lights at the rear of the Annex building parking lot. The installation would require trenching. The estimate has been presented to the First Selectman for approval.
• Willie Roman reported that a quote for the magnetic emergency door openers at the Heritage Center was received in the amount of $1300 for 13 doors. The installation is pending discussion with the Social Services Director and Parks & Recreation Director for prioritizing which doors will have the magnetic openers. Shaun Donnelly noted that the fire-rated doors must have the magnetic door openers and the project will require a permit and fire marshal approval.
• Helen Gore noted that the split rail fence at the Historical Society has been repaired.
Board of Education:
Ken Larkin indicated he was aware of one non-preventable injury at JRMS- a custodian sustained injury to the mouth, requiring stitches. The custodian was lifting a table and it slipped.
Jeff Hanson noted that correspondence was received from the DOT/DEEP regarding the salt contamination of the well at JRMS, which indicates the contamination is due to excessive salting from the Highway Department during the winter season. Jeff Hanson noted that the State salts the road every three hours and the Highway only once a day and disagrees with the State’s findings. Doug Hartline continues to control ongoing testing in regards to the effect of salt in the water at the schools. Jeff Hanson noted that there was no known health hazard at this time.
Krista Gramer reported three non-preventable injuries:
– A police officer was exposed to blood from a rabid raccoon. A suggestion of using a shield was given.
– A volunteer fireman sustained a neck injury due to their helmet getting caught on a door hinge.
– A highway employee sustained a repetitive-motion shoulder injury from equipment operation.
Krista Gramer noted that the Town has added a new facility, OrthoPrompt, for evaluation of worker’s compensation injuries. The facility offers a wide range of hours, including evenings and weekends, and can offer services such as x-rays and stitches in lieu of an emergency room visit. The procedure and forms are accessible in the Virtual Town Hall forms and will be emailed to all Department Heads.
Alice Smith suggested that temporary signs be posted for traffic flow and parking for special Town events.
Jeff Hanson reported that curbing, crosswalk lines, parking lines and handicap signage will be installed. The handicap parking space will have a wider space with hash lines. Alice Smith suggested the installation of ‘no idling’ signs as well.
Annette D’Augelli was not able to attend the meeting but sent notice that two ‘panic button’ alarms were installed for use at the food pantry. The alarms are audible and the police department will be dispatched should the alarms be set off.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 PM – Town Hall conference room
The meeting was adjourned at 4:43 p.m. (Hanson/Larkin)
Submitted by Krista Gramer, Secretary