Campus Safety Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
December 4, 2002
There were 11 participants.
Meeting convened at 4:02 p.m. in the Counseling Center Group Room.
Dorothy welcomed everyone who introduced themselves and mentioned their status with the college.
Dorothy provided an update of activities that generated interest at the last meeting. Randy Bevins, who was unable to attend the meeting due to illness, scheduled a date for fire extinguisher training for staff members: December 18 at 2:00 p.m. behind the Safety Office. We will post notices for this training.
Another item, handicap access signs across campus, will be reported on at the next meeting, as Don Huie was not present to give an update.
Dorothy advised that she has been attempting to meet with Jessica Kyle who expressed a concern about the lighting between the Wellness Center and Panhellenic. Dorothy has walked the area on several occasions in the evening hours.
The new grass parking lot to the east of Publix Commons opened up since the last meeting. Dorothy noted the lot is in use every time she's been in the area.
Dorothy asked the group to express their concerns. Mary Haselier volunteered to go first. Mary asked if the safety staff would stop by the Bandshell during the evening hours to check on their personnel. She complimented Officers Lee Feuer and Penny Schnoor for their pleasant visits and recommended that other staff members stop by as well. Mary also asked us to look into the possibility of lit exit signs over the doorways in the bandshell. The building was converted from a storage area to a computer lab and offices. When the lights go out due to lightning, it is dark in the area. Dorothy advised she would ask Randy Bevins to remedy this situation.
Gina expressed a concern about the swipe cards over the holidays. She was a student who stayed in her residence, but she had to call safety every night after returning home late from work as her card would not read properly. She was told the safety office personnel who could fix the system was gone for the weekend. Dorothy thanked Gina for mentioning this situation. Dorothy advised that her staff had informed her of a delay in changing over the swipe cards for the Thanksgiving break, but was not aware that any students had to contact us repeatedly throughout the weekend. Dorothy mentioned that the safety office works together with the residence life office to ensure the students who are scheduled to stay are authorized and others are not. Dorothy advised they would continue to work on the swipe card situation for the next holiday break.
Jeff Simmons was concerned about vandalism in the Hollis Hall. Jeff mentioned the ceramic urinal that was broken. He was concerned there were no signs placed around the broken tile after it was broken. Someone suggested the Hall Coordinators have access to place caution signs when incidents occur after hours. Dorothy advised the safety officers should also have access to them and should place them out when needed.
As Jeff was concerned about vandalism, the group was asked if they thought an anonymous tip line would be beneficial. Buddy indicated he has seen bright green flyers in Hollis Hall for an anonymous vandalism tip line. He thought Chad Smith was responsible for posting them.
Buddy then asked if there was any possibility of having motorcycle parking spaces throughout the college in more secure areas. He keeps his motorcycle off campus as he's concerned with theft. He mentioned how easy it was for four guys to pick up a bike and place it in the back of a pick-up truck. If the area for motorcycles were in an interior lot, he would feel more comfortable with having his bike on campus. Dr. Hurner mentioned that motorcycles take up less room than cars so this could be a partial solution to our parking problem. Note: there are approximately 4 - 6 motorcycle owners at FSC according to Buddy.
Dr. Hurner had a concern about students not registering their vehicles to avoid receiving parking tickets. Dorothy advised she would check into this further. Billy Langston advised we might be able to work together with the admissions or business office where students couldn't register prior to registering their vehicles.
Billy mentioned that we might want to consider a parking campaign where we compare the parking fines at FSC with those at other institutions. It is a privilege to park at the school. We don't want to keep freshmen from parking on campus, but we need to teach responsible parking by our entire community.
The question of towing cars was raised. Dorothy mentioned that the circle drive is the only area that signs are posted for towing vehicles. Oftentimes the person will move their vehicle prior to the tow truck's arrival. Jeff mentioned that an immobilizer, also known as a boot, might solve that problem.
Mary Haselier asked if we could test the phones across campus to ensure they're working.
Pat Hartley complimented the safety staff for assisting their department with transporting sick students back to their residences.
Dr. Hurner also complimented the safety staff and mentioned that the staff he's encountered has had excellent demeanors.
It was asked if VI and VF lots could be relined. Since the parking lots have undergone cosmetic changes, some of the spaces need to be relined to accommodate additional vehicles. Dorothy advised she would pass this along to the facilities department.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.