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McHenry County municipalities receive ComEd grants

In support of innovative public safety initiatives that are essential to local communities across northern Illinois, ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus recently announced grants of up to $10,000 to 21 communities to fund local public safety projects.

Each of the 21 projects to receive a Powering Safe Communities grant proposed a unique way to improve the efficiency and delivery of public safety programs, increase community resiliency and address unmet safety needs. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus – a council for the Chicago-area’s chief elected officials to collaborate on public policy issues – reviewed all applications.

“At ComEd, safety is our No. 1 priority – not just for our employees and our customers, but for the greater communities where we live, work and play,” said Terence R. Donnelly, president and chief operating officer of ComEd. “For the last few years, we’ve delivered on that promise by partnering with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to carry out the Powering Safe Communities program. We are pleased to see proposals from this year’s grantees to invest in innovative technologies that will strengthen their response to critical safety and health concerns.”

ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus share a commitment to ensuring that residents of northern Illinois are protected in their communities. Working together through the Powering Safe Communities partnership, they have put this commitment into action, delivering more than $500,000 in funding to 70 public safety projects in the past three years. ComEd has provided funding for the program since its inception four years ago, and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has served as the program administrator for the past three grant cycles.

“The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus knows that we are stronger as a region because of the tireless work of our public servants. That’s why it’s so important to us that our local municipalities have the resources they need to keep both our public servants and the community members they protect safe and secure,” said Joseph Mancino, mayor of Hawthorn Woods and chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Information on the Powering Safe Communities program can be found online at mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/psc.

The 21 Powering Safe Communities grant recipients for 2018 include:

• Village of Barrington – This grant funds the purchase of two Lucas CPR mechanical assist devices. These battery-powered units enhance paramedics’ lifesaving efforts for cardiac arrest patients through automated chest compressions, allowing paramedics to concentrate on more advanced resuscitative skills, such as IV access, medication delivery, defibrillation and advanced airway management.

• Village of Bull Valley – This grant helps purchase a front-end loader, a tailgate-mounted salt spreader and a ditch bank mower – three pieces of equipment that will improve the safety of village roads. Funding from the village also will aid in the purchase and provide safety training for employees who use the equipment.

• Village of Cary – This grant allows the village to buy two solar-powered RADAR message signs with trailers. The village currently possesses only a single arrow board that does not have the capability to display other messages. The new units will serve as replacements for both the arrow board and radar trailer, providing greater flexibility for the public works and police departments.

• City of Crystal Lake – This grant enables the city to install electronic speed limit displays along Country Club Road to aid in calming traffic. The road, which is in a residential area, currently experiences a high incidence of speeding, with measurements at various locations showing speeds between 36 and 39 mph when the posted speed limit is 25 mph.

• Village of Hebron: This grant allows the village to buy a new squad car to provide full-time police protection coverage. The village recently added two full-time officers and made the chief of police a full-time position; however, its current squad cars are not reliable and break down often. With the grant, the village will buy a 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit through the NWMC Suburban Purchasing Cooperative.

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the nation’s leading competitive energy provider with about 10 million customers. For information, visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a membership organization of the Chicago area’s 275 cities, towns and villages. For information, visit mayorscaucus.org.

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