Vehicles speeding on 4th Street parking continues to be a common complaint. The committee discussed the following options:
Updates on the traffic revision plan and implementation will follow in 1-2 month's time.
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 speeding and not stopping for pedestrians in cross walks. The committee agreed the cross walks in these locations are not sufficient. It was recommended the city add flashing cross-walk signs at these intersections. Security indicated the city does not have money in their budget to do that, but the city would install the signage if the college pays for it. The recommended flashing signs are very costly. Security offered an alternate idea, (that would fit within the college's budget) of sand buckets with flags for pedestrians to pick up and use when they need to cross the street at the above listed locations. Security did not think the flags would be stolen.
Updates on improving safety at the corner crossings will follow in 1-2 months.
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.
A person reported a trip fall injury due to a cracked sidewalk near Talkington Hall. Unfortunately this is a common problem on campus sidewalks with half inch cracks or more causing trip/fall hazards. The Director of Physical Plant indicated there is money earmarked for repairing the sidewalks that cause tripping hazards. It was noted most sidewalk cracks have been located by the ADA committee through Student Counseling and the worst have been repaired but many remain. The committee will obtain a copy of that report and use it to prioritize the cracks and work on fixing the worst ones first. The Director of Student Activities said he may be able to find students to help refine the current list and prioritize and catalog the cracks for Physical Plant to repair.
Look for updates to improve side walk safety in 1-2 months.
A faculty member tripped over a thick cable in a classroom holding several wires together from the wall to the lectern. 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 was contacted the following day, and after they reviewed it, they will mitigate the tripping hazard by extending the cables so they run the length of the table next to the lectern. Once past the desk, the cable could bend 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 would be put in a humped cover instead of the round tube. Then the cables will be covered in tape down the raceway so they don’t move and, yellow and black caution tape will be added. The faculty member who teaches in this room will be contacted for feedback on this fix.
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.
The committee agreed an email and/or memo to all faculty and staff would work 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/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.