Powering Safe Communities Annual Grants Program Supports Community Resilience with $ 170,000 Funding for Public Safety Initiatives
CHICAGO, August 10, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – To support critical public safety initiatives and improve the quality of life in communities across northern Illinois, ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus today announced a total of 170,000 $ in grants to 20 public agencies as part of the annual ComEd Powering Safe conference. Communities program. This year, the program has focused on clean transportation projects, which can reduce carbon emissions, improve public health outcomes, and advance community resilience.
This year’s recipient projects range from installing electric vehicle charging stations and flashing signs for high traffic areas, to replacing outdated warning sirens that alert residents to unsafe conditions even during an outage. current. Each of this year’s recipient projects improves community safety and meets basic community needs.
“By providing reliable and affordable electricity to communities in northern Illinois for over 100 years, ComEd understands the important role safety plays in all of our lives,” said Melissa Washington, senior vice president of business governmental and external at ComEd. “Each community that has received this grant is committed to ensuring the safety of its residents and we commend them for their efforts. ComEd is proud to work with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to help these communities meet their public safety needs.
Over the past seven years, the Powering Safe Communities program has provided more than $ 1 million in grants for 136 local public safety projects in northern Illinois. Since 2016, ComEd has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a council of Chicagoland’s top elected officials, on the program. Through this partnership, ComEd provides program funding, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus reviews applications and administers grants to local communities, and grant recipients match ComEd’s contribution with their own funding of equal or greater value.
“For the past six years, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has been grateful to partner with ComEd and administer the Powering Safe Communities program,” said Kevin Wallace, Mayor of Bartlett and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mayors Caucus. . “We are proud to help local governments across the region provide more effective public health and safety services.
Additional information on the ComEd Powering Safe Communities program is available at http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/psc/.
The 20 winners of the ComEd Powering Safe Communities program for 2021 are:
Bolingbrook Police Department: This grant will support the purchase of two electric all-terrain utility vehicles (UTVs). UTVs will allow the department to be more visible and better prepared to access and serve citizens at local parks and public events, including the annual July 4th event which attracts over 10,000 spectators each year.
Broadview Police Department: This grant will support the purchase and maintenance of a pole-mounted license plate reader, which will be used to identify suspicious vehicles in criminal and serious traffic violations, and three flashing solar-powered traffic signs with Amber LED warning lights for high traffic areas.
Chicago Heights City Police Department: This grant will support the purchase and maintenance of three flashing traffic signs with amber LED warning lights and five flashing LED stop signs. Flashing signs will be built near Lincoln-Gavin, Jefferson, Garfield and Greenbriar schools.
Crete Village Fire Department: This project will support the purchase of six Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to equip the village’s front-line engines, the rescue team and utility response vehicles. A unit will also be installed in the business office and the council room of the town hall of the village.
City of DeKalb: This project will support the installation of an electric car charging station in downtown DeKalb to encourage the use of green technologies and support the use of electric cars as a clean transportation option.
Fox metro water collection district: This project will support the installation of an electric vehicle charging station in Fox Metro’s main administrative building. The charging station would be the first step in adding electric vehicles to the neighborhood’s fleet.
Glencoe Village: This project will support the installation of two ChargePoint level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, each equipped with two charging stations to accommodate four vehicles at a time. The charging stations will also provide data on the use of the stations and allow the village to set different rates and conditions for visitors, downtown tenants and vehicles in the village’s fleet.
Hawthorn Woods Village Police Department: This project will support the replacement of three obsolete camera systems used in the police cars of the Village Police Department. The ministry will upgrade video systems with improved technology.
Village of Hoffman Estates: This project will support the replacement of the 20-year-old fire department ventilation fans with new battery-powered positive pressure ventilators that will be placed on the department’s four front-line fire trucks.
Department of Justice and Police: This project will support the purchase of a speed watch trailer to improve safety for children around Commissioner’s Park and in George T. Wilkins and Frank A. Brodnicki elementary schools.
Kildeer’s font: This project will support the purchase of a full matrix message board with trailer for use by the Village and Community Response Team in Southwest Lake County, Illinois. The ministry will use the message board to meet public safety needs and improve government communication to residents and the public about health and education.
Kirkland Police Department: This project will support investment in electronic radar speed monitoring devices to create a safer environment for residents and visitors to the downtown business district and school grounds.
Norridge Police Department: This project will support the purchase and maintenance of three flashing traffic signs with amber LED warning lights to improve the health and safety of residents and visitors to the village. The signs will be installed near Leigh Grammar School, James Giles Grammar School and Norridge Park.
Village of Port Barrington: This project will support the purchase of an electric vehicle for municipal use. This purchase will showcase the village’s commitment to energy conservation.
Richton Park Fire Department: This project will support the replacement of the fire department’s gasoline-powered positive pressure ventilation (PPV) ventilators with electric and battery-powered PPV ventilators.
River Forest Village: This project will support the installation of an electric vehicle charging station near River Forest Town Hall for future electric vehicles and visitors to River Forest Town Hall and nearby parks and businesses.
Schaumburg village: This project will support the replacement of obsolete warning signs, which have been in use since the 1970s, with improved panels with sirens compatible with newer battery backup systems. The new signs alert the village to dangerous conditions, even during a power outage. Advance warning will give residents ample time to shelter from incoming threats.
Westchester Police Department: This project will support the purchase of four new automated external defibrillators and associated training accessories that will allow officers to provide immediate assistance while waiting for fire and emergency medical service personnel to arrive in emergency situations. ’emergency.
Wilmette Village: This project will support the purchase of an electric vehicle charging station in downtown Wilmette. The weatherproof, commercial-grade charging station will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day and will allow the village to set different tariffs and conditions for users.
City of Woodstock: This project will support the purchase and training of crime scene and accident scene camera equipment with 3D laser scanners. The 3D cameras will recreate in real time the investigative scenes of the police and will offer direct assistance to improve the results of situations concerning forensic medicine, accident reconstruction, crime scene investigations, arson investigations, post-explosion investigations, fire and safety advance planning, bullet trajectory, blood trace analysis and augmented / virtual reality operations. The use of forensic verification of reported details in law enforcement can defuse many situations that could otherwise result in sensational or controversial public interpretation.
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The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is an organization of members from the 275 towns and cities in the Chicago area. Founded in 1997 by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the principal mayors of nine suburban municipal groups, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus pushes geographic boundaries and local interests to work on public policy issues. The caucus provides a forum for the principal elected officials of the Chicago metropolis to collaborate on common issues and work towards a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home. For more information visit http://mayorscaucus.org/.
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