Safety Ministry Report Annual Meeting January 2006
Prepared by Jim Lewandowski
TIM 1 (6:20) I thank Him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus Our Lord, because He judged me faithful by appointing me to His service.. TIM (2) (l:12)...I am sure He is able to guard until that day what has been Entrusted to me.
As the year started construction again seemed to be a way of life for St. Luke. The Old basement had to be waterproofed, sump pumps installed, placing a tool room seemed to produce a reason to do Spring cleaning early. Also bids for a new sidewalk had to be put on hold till the spring. We are now back on a regular security rotation for church closings. Security for Holy Pascha Season was conducted by volunteers who maintained parking lot, traffic direction, and safety for the Procession's. There were no summer speakers this year; no one seemed to be interested in hearing speakers during the summer months. There were no youth programs this year. So security was not needed. New keys were issued this year to those who need them, also the code was changed. Surprisingly enough this went over with out many problems. Maintaining security of the collection money was solved last year by getting the money to the Recording Secretary who counts and stamps checks before leaving the church. This is done in Father's office while the door is locked. This method seems to work well. Moving the cleaning supplies to the mop room solved any potential problems for any of the young children to get hurt. Five elevator keys were made and given to those who use the elevator on a regular basis, this is working out well. An audit for this years keys shows, 0 missing keys. The keyless system is still on this year's wish list.
Practice Fire Drills were conducted, and an actual Fire Drill was preformed by the Palos Hills Fire Department this year and the Parish passed with flying colors evacuating the Church in less than two minutes. This was a blessing in disguise because of the fire drill we found out that the alarm system did not notify the Fire Department. Thanks to Steve Hansen we got this problem solved. On December 18 2005 the Fire Dept. ran a test on the system and all is now working. During the snow season the Sheriff will again monitor sleders as best as they can. The Sheriff's Dept. is very short handed. Bring up at the next Council meeting the possibility of a temporary snow fence. In reference to the Criminal background checks on all members who deal with our children, this was not done as of yet. Three years ago this writer brought up this issue. It is to our advantage to do this as soon as possible. This also affects our insurance rates. Fire extinguishers will be checked on a yearly basis. During the Sermon on Sundays, parking lot security is always checked by me. The undersigned writer was called out 3 times this year by the Alarm Company. Ref: Breech of Alarm System. All were mistakes made by Parishioners forgetting the format when leaving the building.
PROPOSALS FOR 2006 #1 Keyless Entry System
Proposed budget for Safety/Security $2,500.00.
In Christ, Jim L.
Jim has done a wonderful job with all the responsibilities we have pressed upon him. He also has the unenviable task of dealing with the Sunday Sledding problem. So far there have been no serious problems outside of one unhappy dad. Also recently we had what appeared to be a deserted car in the parking lot on Sunday. It turned out to be a 22 year old who had been thrown out of his house the night before. We thank Jim for all of his efforts to keep us save while we worship.