Chicago Heights, Crete, and Richton Park are recipients of ComEd public safety grant

Chicago Heights, Crete, and Richton Park are recipients of ComEd public safety grant
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Chicago Heights, Crete, and Richton Park are recipients of ComEd public safety grant (Chicago, IL) – In a press release received by The Southland Journal, ComEd, coupled with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, announced the recipients of their annual ComEd Powering Safe Communities Program. According to the release, the grants are aimed at supporting public safety initiatives and the enhancement of the quality of life. This year, the program focused on clean transportation projects, which can reduce carbon emissions, improve public health outcomes, and advance community resiliency.

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“By delivering reliable and affordable electricity to northern Illinois communities for more than 100 years, ComEd knows the important role safety plays in all of our lives,” said Melissa Washington, senior vice president of governmental and external affairs at ComEd. “Each community that was awarded this grant is committed to the safety of their residents and we commend them for their efforts. ComEd is proud to work with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to help these communities’ address their public safety needs.”

This year’s recipients include three public bodies in the Southland region. Those award details are as follows:

  • City of Chicago Heights Police Department: This grant will support the purchase and
    maintenance of three flashing traffic signs with amber LED warning lights, and five LED-lighted flashing stop signs. The flashing signs will be constructed in the vicinity of Lincoln-Gavin, Jefferson, Garfield and Greenbriar schools.
  • Village of Crete Fire Department: This project will support the purchase of six automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to equip the village’s frontline engines, rescue squad and utility response vehicles. One unit will also be placed in the Village Hall business office and board room.
  • Richton Park Fire Department: This project will support the replacement of the fire department’s gas-powered positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans with electric and battery-operated PPV fans.

According to the release, “Over the past seven years, the Powering Safe Communities Program has provided more than $1 million in grants for 136 local public safety projects throughout northern Illinois. Since 2016, ComEd has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a council for Chicagoland’s chief elected officials, on the program. Through this partnership, ComEd provides the program funding, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus reviews applications and administers the grants to local communities, and grant recipients match ComEd’s contribution with their own funding of equal or greater value.”

“For the past six years, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has been grateful to partner with
ComEd and administer the Powering Safe Communities Program,” said Kevin Wallace, mayor of Bartlett and Mayors Caucus executive board chairman. “We are proud to help local governments throughout the region provide more effective public health and safety services.”

Chicago Heights, Crete, and Richton Park are recipients of ComEd public safety grant

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