Security Committee Update, April 2018

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Written by Anthony Morelli

On April 21, 2018

FROM THE SECURITY COMMITTEE: At its organizational meeting in December, the Security & Safety Committee elected Gene Bétit chair and Pat Majewski volunteered to be secretary. Keri Mounts is Board Liaison. Members include Juan Hernandez, Rand Meston, John Szally, and Tony Tolkach, who have extensive police, security, and information technology backgrounds .

The committee identified eighteen areas that merited effort, subsequently combined into six:

1. Establish liaison with the Sheriff department and Haines Security; create monthly incident reports; review and combine four Haines security contracts into one for more effective service. The committee noted that Haines is employed to protect Association common area, and is not responsible for individual private property. Residents experiencing an issue should call the Sheriff’s office, (540) 662-6162 or 911 in emergencies. The committee reviewed the effectiveness of security cameras at the front gate, and is pursuing recommendations for enhancement. Haines has recommended the installation of additional cameras at the school bus stop as well.

2. Work toward establishing the back gate as a fully operative entrance/exit option. Secondly, a permanent exit is required for Southside. Both roads will be clearly indicated by maps posted on the website and by directional signage. Perimeter security will need to be enhanced, as presently there are multiple vulnerable points. We need to develop plans to close them.

3. There is need to develop a “Fire-Wise” program to reduce the danger of forest fires. We will contact state and local officials for resources. Ideas suggested so far include contacting logging companies to harvest lumber while clearing fire lanes, thereby acquiring some revenue for other activities; using tree trunks to create barriers along our perimeter in lieu of costly fencing. This is a long-range project. Further, rental a tub grinder will permit safe disposal of leaves and smaller branches while garnering compost available for Maintenance, and possibly for the community at large, depending on volume processed. We will probably have to engage contractors to perform this work, but there may be grant money available.

4. Traffic calming has been identified as a serious issue. The committee submitted a budget proposal for deployment of solar panel-powered flashing speed displays. The intent is not to catch speeders so much as to deter speeding, but should that not work, there is always the option of issuing citations and possibly inviting the Sheriff’s department to enforce speed limits.  Spring is here and it is not reasonable to rely solely on children’s awareness. Adults must be more responsible.

5. Develop a text-based emergency contact system. Already researched by Rand Meston, with recommendations sent to TechComm Committee for implementation. The system allows for voicemail messages for residents without smartphones.

6. Develop an emergency plan for natural, or local, regional and national emergencies. This will be on the agenda for our May3 meeting.

In the interim, we solicit the names of resource people such as doctors, nurses, EMTs, and others who could play important roles in emergencies. Contact Gene Bétit at genebetit@gmail.com to volunteer.

The committee anticipates additional activities, such as developing a security plan for a new boat storage area. The committee is also looking into sponsoring CPR classes, and should there be enough interest, Red Cross baby-sitting courses in the community.

We welcome new members and meet in the Clubhouse on first Thursdays at 7 PM.  Even if you don’t plan to join the committee, please do come to the meetings to express your ideas, concerns, or just gain a greater understanding of what we’re working on.

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