Vehicles speeding on 4th Street parking continues to be a common complaint. Ongoing action taken by the safety committee:
A parking lot study was commenced Spring 2017 to collect data regarding traffic behavior and speed on 4th Street parking. The data recorded on 4th street showed the average speed was 14 mph.
Speeding is most active in the morning between 7-8 am. Security purchased a speed gun in October 2018 and they have already ticketed two people for speeding on 4th street parking. When word of the speed gun gets out, the committee believes that will have a huge impact on encouraging people to comply with the speed limit of 10 mph. The study also revealed that most drivers do not slow down for the speed bumps and they would drive around the speed bumps when no parked cars prohibited that behavior. Based on the data collected the committee agreed that longer speed bumps from curb to curb, and thicker speed bumps would also assist with the reduction of speeding. No time frame is set for completion, because those are costly fixes and funding has to be approved first.
The 4th St. speeding discussion led to another re-occurring safety complaint from students, faculty and staff; crossing the street to campus is a safety hazard at 4th and 11th, 7th and 4th, 7th and the Library and, 7th and 6th Streets. Cars are not stopping for pedestrians in cross walks.
Student government has money in their budget set aside to place brightly colored flags at each cross walk listed above. Physical Plant volunteered to install the flags and use this method to determine if it helps with the safety issue at cross walks.
A person reported a trip fall injury due to a cracked sidewalk near Talkington Hall. The Director of Physical Plant indicated there is money earmarked for repairing the sidewalks.
Physical Plant repaired the cracked sidewalks around Talkington Hall. There is money left to repair one more area which has already been identified as the sidewalk near the Library behind the parking lot.
A faculty member tripped over a thick cable in a classroom holding several wires together from the wall to the lectern in the Sam Glenn Center. The committee talked about contacting IT to see if using wire molding or rerouting the cables under the floor to prevent the tripping hazard would work.
IT corrected the issue by extending the cables so they run the length of the table next to the lectern. Once past the desk, the cables were bent directly to the wall at a 90 degree angle so they are not in the way when standing at the table. For the run that is not under the table, the cable was encased in a humped cover instead of the round tube. Then the cables were covered in tape down the raceway so they don’t move and, yellow and black caution tape was added to remedy the tripping hazard.
Human Resources reported a safety hazard. HR said employees are not aware they can request help from the Physical Plant to move heavy boxes to prevent back injuries.
An announcement was placed on MyLCSC to inform employees they can contact Physical Plant for help by completing the short “service request” located on the first page of their website. Security said there is a tutorial for proper lifting at: http://lcsc.id.safecolleges.com/ The website tutorial entitled "back injury and lifting" is located in the extra training portion under the environmental section.
An employee reported sharp points of flashing at the East entrance of RCH. She said she takes her kids up those steps and could see little kids getting cut on the sharp points of steel sticking out.
A work order was entered with Physical Plant on December 6, 2017 and the flashing was repaired by removing the sharp points.
An employee/student reported three dark areas on campus after dark between Talkington Hall and SAC Hall and the gazebo. Physical Plant indicated these areas should have plenty of lighting.
The committee asked Security to check out these areas after dark and it was reported the darkness concern was due to burned out lights. A work request was filed with Physical Plant to replace the burned out lights.
An employee on the landscape team said the tree in the middle of the campus fountain is hollow and over half dead and is a falling hazard, especially during a wind storm. He said it is past its 60-70 year life span and it should be cut down.
The committee agrees to contact the President with our recommendation to cut it down after graduation in a month’s time.
Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College (ASLCSC) wanted to report speeding on 4th St through the parking lots. This is an ongoing safety complaint. Many things have been done to reduce the speeding including speed bumps, stop signs and speed limit signs, but speeding continues to be a problem.
A couple more speed limit signs was suggested or planting an LCSC Security Officer with a “speed gun” from 10:00 to noon to prevent people from speeding during a high traffic time. Security responded to these suggestions indicating they have several more 10 mph signs on order and they are looking into the florescent yellow cross-walk signs that are used frequently at grade schools. Security does not have access to or own a speed gun.
The visibility is blocked for cars turning left from 6th St. onto 11th Ave. at the southeast corner of campus by the trunk of a large sycamore tree on the northwest corner of that intersection.
A new wrought iron fence will allow for substantially increased visibility at the intersection and alleviate the problems reported over the past several years.
Students reported to the Vice President of Associated Students of LCSC (ASLCSC) that they are having difficulty crossing the street safely on the north side of campus. The students suggested a cross-walk sign at 6th St. and 7th Ave., and a cross-walk and a cross-walk sign on 7th Ave. near the Library to resolve this issue.
As this is city property the Vice President of ASLCSC will go to the city traffic advisory counsil to request cross-walks and signs be installed on 7th avenue so students and other pedestrians can cross safely.
The committee enlisted the assistance of the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College, ASLCSC, to choose the content of the safety posters this year. ASLCSC arrived at six safety concerns they feel are the most pressing issues for any student: alcohol consumption, stress management, motorcycle safety, safe driving, safe sex, and on a different note, educating students about all the security services available at LCSC. The graphic arts students are assisting by creating the posters on each of these issues to educate, promote, and encourage safe behavior. The posters will be displayed in the Student Union Building with a banner asking students to vote for the poster they feel represents the biggest safety hazard for students. The posters with the most votes will be printed and displayed in each building on campus to encourage safe practice. With the Cabinet’s approval the posters and the voting process will be shared with the high schools in Lewiston and Clarkston.
A member of the Safety Committee identified an ongoing issue for the campus, the need to handle hazardous waste in a timely and accurate manner.
The Director of the Physical Plant included the recommendation from the Safety Committee on their Unit Action Plan to create and fund an Environmental Safety/Industrial Hygiene specialist to deal with hazardous waste handling, disposal and storage for the entire campus. This request is pending.
The parallel parking on 11th Avenue between 4thand 6th streets was reported as a safety hazard. They would like to see the parking spots eliminated. Matt Graves indicated that the street belongs to the city and LCSC does not have control on what the city chooses to do. Matt has tried to encourage the city many times to eliminate the parking spots to no avail. The city indicated the next time they work on maintenance on 11th Avenue, they will tar over the parking spots at our request. However we have to wait until the city's next scheduled maintenance on 11th Avenue.
The city will be completing routine street preservation on 11th Ave between Prospect Ave & 7th St. sometime between June 15th and July 31st 2015. LCSC Administration has given the city approval to re-stripe the centerline and relocating it to the center of the road. When the centerline is relocated it will be moved south, eliminating all the existing on-street parking. The safety committee requested this years ago from the city to protect pedestrians, and prevent car accidents and is happy to see this project will come to fruition this summer.
Erick Cummings wanted to report a safety issue. When the Mechanical Technical building was evacuated this spring students were sent out the back door, but Erick discovered students were still coming in the front door after the evacuation.
Barb said she would train a new building evacuation coordinator (BEC) and new building evacuation monitors (BEMs) in that building to make sure evacuation is successful with all doors being guarded so no one enters or re-enters the building during an evacuation.
Administration tasked the committee with getting the word out about safe winter driving.
The Safety Committee enlisted the help of Diane Driskill and Andy Tuschhoff’s five graphic art students to create their own design/poster to promote safe winter driving. Phil Liggins from the “skid shop” provided guidance to the students before they began their first drafts. The safe driving posters were displayed at LCSC, Clarkston High School and Lewiston High School with a banner asking people to vote for their favorite poster. All three schools choose “Drive Slow in the Snow” as their favorite and that poster is now displayed at various locations on all three campuses.
Fisher systems emergency notification system in some buildings is not loud enough for people to hear from their offices on campus and it is not available in some dorms.
Security discovered a new mass emergency notification system for cell phones call Now Force. It is a free application that includes a panic button with a drop down box to add details to any reported emergency. The first training session is Feb 19, 2015 and after that Security will begin to offer it on a voluntary basis to students, staff and faculty.
People drive too fast on 6th Street between campus and the parking lots.
Barb Pierce the Director of Security talked to the city and the city does not have money to install two to three speed bumps on 6th Street. However, the City Traffic Advisory Committee is still reviewing our request for speed bumps on 6th Street, and if approved, the college would purchase and install them. This is still pending as of February 2016.