City of Montrose Safety Coordinator Lisa Kuczmarski was awarded the 2018 Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) Safety Champion Award during the CIRSA general membership meeting June 18 in Breckenridge, according to City Communications Manager William Woody.

Kuczmarski is a member of the city’s Human Resources Department and has a long history of safety advocacy throughout the community.

“Lisa has worked hard to be a strong safety advocate for the City of Montrose,” said Terri Wilcox, human resources director. “She brings forth the city’s core beliefs of respect, ethics, leadership, accountability, transparency and excellence in her service as our safety coordinator. She believes that being proactive rather than reactive is the key to establishing and maintaining a strong safety culture.”

In her nomination, Kuczmarski was described as being instrumental in promoting monthly Safety Committee meetings to increase regular communication and reinforce the city’s high expectations regarding workplace safety.

“This creates a sense of buy-in to the organization and shows the importance placed on the Safety Committee members,” Wilcox said.  

In 2018, Kuczmarski’s efforts helped raise awareness of best hygiene practices during the cold, flu and whooping cough seasons. She helped get welded ladders placed on two city dump trucks, installed winter survival kits for city administrative vehicles and installed a fully compliant fuel system for the Black Canyon Golf Course.

Kuczmarski worked with the city’s engineering and public works departments to ensure EPA and the Colorado Department of Water Resources compliance, as well as safe working conditions during remediation of the city’s fire-damaged pedestrian bridge over the Uncompahgre River.

“Lisa also taught basic worker safety classes to over 500 employees during the city and county’s 2018 annual Education Day training,” Wilcox said. “Her commitment and positive attitude toward safety were well received and gave positive exposure to our safety programs to the Montrose County audience.”

In addition, Kuczmarski started meeting with the city’s Public Works Department each month to provide increased training opportunities, monitor housekeeping efforts and help establish a respirator fit testing program.

According to CIRSA, the Safety Champion Award “recognizes individual employees, groups, managers, etc. who go above and beyond the call of duty to foster a positive safety culture within their entity.”

CIRSA is a member-owned self-insurance pool supported by more than 270 member municipalities and public entities throughout Colorado.

BYNUM ELECTED

City of Montrose Mayor Pro-Tem Barbara Bynum was elected to the Colorado Municipal League (CML) executive board June 20 at the organization’s annual conference in Breckenridge. Bynum joins 20 other Colorado elected and appointed officials who comprise the executive board.

As part of her service on the executive board, Bynum will remain current in civic, state and national trends that may impact and affect member municipalities and the organization as a whole. In addition, the role will give Montrose and western Colorado an important voice at the state level regarding matters affecting local government.

“The Colorado Municipal League does important work on behalf of cities and towns across our state,” Bynum said. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the CML executive board. Montrose is a highly respected city with a strong legacy of participation within CML. And I’m honored to continue that tradition.”

Founded in 1923, CML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing services and resources to assist municipal officials in managing their governments and serving the cities and towns of Colorado. The organization focuses on advocacy, member engagement, training, research and information, and leadership for municipalities across the state of Colorado.

“I am very proud of Barbara for taking the time to serve not only Montrose but all Colorado communities by being a member of the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board,” City Manager Bill Bell said. “Barbara was elected to serve by her professional colleagues from all around the state, which shows the trust and respect that our neighboring communities have for Barbara and the City of Montrose.”

The City of Montrose has been an active member of CML for decades. Notably, Robert A. Finlayson from Montrose was president of CML for the 1939-40 term.