BATAVIA – The city chooses to use panic button software to keep its staff safe.
On Wednesday, city council members passed a resolution to purchase Little Green Button’s service on the recommendation of the city’s insurance provider, the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal.
“New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) inspected city facilities because of the exposures local governments face and the importance of protecting employees, members of the public, and municipal assets. In the absence of security devices, NYMIR recommended panic buttons for the clerk’s office,” board member Sharon White said at the meeting. “Little Green Button, a cloud-based service, offered a 14-day free trial for the panic button.The city began the trial on Wednesday, August 10…with on-site employees and offices using it.
The annual cost of the service is $1,875 for up to 50 users/devices.
After the meeting, Assistant City Supervisor Dan Underhill said it would be for city staff in the event of an emergency or if someone is unruly or threatening a city employee, whether in a office or in the field.
“When your insurance company makes recommendations, you have to follow through or you’re going to create higher premiums,” City Clerk Teressa Morasco said after the meeting.
The city has approved a professional services agreement for traffic engineering services between Batavia and SRF Associates, DFC of Rochester.
“The City of Batavia continues to require traffic engineering services for ongoing development, growth and transportation needs,” Underhill said. He noted that SRF provided a letter proposing a transportation impact study related to the proposed expansion of Country Meadows at 5121 Clinton Street Rd. The cost of the study would not exceed $6,600.
The city also approved a resolution for a change order for the renovations to City Hall to be carried out by Whitney East Inc. of Rochester. The city had previously contracted with Whitney East Inc. to complete the renovations to City Hall for up to $108,400.
“The City Engineer has requested additional work from the courthouse and council chambers, to include three consulting rooms for the court’s needs,” council member Patti Michalak said. The change order to add these consulting rooms for an increased amount of $35,040, bringing the contract amount with Whitney East to $143,440.
Morasco said project workers have yet to install flooring in the town hall conference room.
“It will be as soon as they are done with the flooring of the main part of the office. Then they will come here (to the courtroom) – probably in the first part of September, maybe earlier”, she said.
In the courtroom, partitions will be erected towards the back of the room to create three lawyer/client discussion rooms.