Village of Ashton receives grant for safety signage


ASHTON – The Village of Ashton is the recipent of two grants that will support the purchase of information display signs that help protect the lives of residents, guests, and those passing through the village in emergency situations and during festivities.
ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus awarded the village a grant for $5,300, while the Blume Family Foundation is giving another $6,000.
“We plan to use these signs to notify the village residents of emergency situations, weather alerts, Amber alerts and so forth,” said Ashton Police Chief Jared Yater. “We are hoping to have three or four signs around town for the most exposure. The message can be updated from my cell phone or from the village office computer. The grant money, which is $5,300 and a Blum Family Foundation Grant for $6,000 will be used for this project.”
ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have come together to award Powering Safe Communities grants to 25 Illinois municipalities – each receiving up to $10,000 to fund local public safety projects.
In the program’s third year, ComEd has increased both funding and the number of projects supported through their Powering Safe Communities Program.
“ComEd serves nearly four million customers throughout northern Illinois, and our dedication to these customers goes beyond providing energy to power their everyday lives. Keeping our communities safe is ComEd’s number one priority, and therefore, we knew it was essential to expand the program this year in order to help communities maximize the impact of their public safety initiatives,” said Fidel Marquez, Senior Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd.
These grants will provide additional resources to help each winning municipality improve the efficiency and delivery of public safety programs, increase community resiliency, and address unmet safety needs. The Metropolitan Planning Council reviewed all of the applications, and grants of up to $10,000 were offered to support the most innovative, impactful, and essential public safety projects.
“From purchasing lifejackets at a community pool to installing a new emergency tornado siren, all of the municipalities receiving grants through this program have proposed innovative ideas to help enhance safety for the people they serve. We commend them for championing this important effort,” said Marquez.
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a regional council of governments that fosters collaboration to improve the quality of life for communities in the region, will administer the Powering Safe Communities grants.
“Municipal governments throughout the area are constantly seeking resourceful ways to keep their communities safe. We applaud the tireless work of our public servants who are dedicated to assuring the safety and well-being of community members where they live and work,” said Jim Holland, Mayors Caucus Executive Board Chairman and Mayor of Frankfort. “Thanks to ComEd’s generous partnership, over two-dozen municipalities will be able to address unmet safety concerns, thereby protecting both public servants and the residents they serve.”
Additional information on the Powering Safe Communities Program can be found here: http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/psc/

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