Follow-up: Improvements to main campus underway

By: Shaya Rogers, Staff Reporter

Safety and Security staff members have been working to fix security issues on all campuses.

The CNM Chronicle Volume 18, Issue 10 arti­cle of the titled “Second Safety Walk Finds More Campus Hazards” reported problems discovered during the Campus Safety Walk and the Volume 18, Issue 11 article titled “Lack of Accessibility Disrupts Learning Environment ” reported accessibil­ity issues with auto­matic door openers.

S a f e t y Director Gilbert Gallegos said CNM staff and contractors have been repairing the code blue phones so they are more visible around campus and more acces­sible in case of an emergency.

“You’ll proba­bly be seeing ven­dors on campus in the coming weeks, doing a little cosmetic work, buffing and polishing them, giving them wax jobs, bringing out the color of the code blues,” he said.

The college has contracted with ven­dors to service the blue emergency posts but trying to get them to come out in a rea­sonable amount of time is sometimes dif­ficult, and is an extra expense, he said.

“Due to the safety walk, the project was given more of a pri­ority. Because of this inspection, we were able to get funding to entice the vendors to come out and take care of these issues,” he said.

The safety walk was sponsored by the Executive Council of Students in November, 2012. During the walk, many emer­gency call boxes were found to be broken or poorly maintained, said ECOS President Stephen Martos.

“I am very happy that we were able to help in finding these problems and I am even happier that the prob­lems were attended to so quickly,” he said.

Gallegos said the school has a long-term plan to replace most of the boxes with new ones, but for now they are working on improv­ing the existing ones.

“The college has been really good about funding the repairs. It wasn’t due to fund­ing or repairs, it was a matter of trying to get qualified vendors to come out,” he said.

Safety and Security is also working on replacing the lights on the boxes with LED bulbs to save money and energy.

“CNM is all about the green initiative so we’ve been trying to change out all of our code blue lights with LEDs,” he said.

As for the auto­mated door openers, a locksmith was sent out to discover why they were not working and he was able to pinpoint a few different reasons.

Some of the devices just had a weak signal, while many of them had drained batteries, he said.

“[The locksmith] worked with a door company that special­izes in ADA openers and they switched out some with a stronger signal, but unfortu­nately with those, they go through the batter­ies quicker,” he said.

The Safety and Security team mem­bers have created a schedule to ensure that the buttons are better maintained, he said.

“I don’t know if they actually had a mainte­nance routine before, but they have one now and what they will do now is switch out the batteries at the beginning of each semester and maybe more often in certain areas,” he said.

Safety Specialist Jim Moffett said that he recently scoured all CNM campuses look­ing for trip hazards.

“I got together with Dennis Serna, who is the head of main­tenance. He and I walked every inch of all of our campuses to check for uneven surfaces, making a determination for if it needed to be ground down, if it needed to be uplifted, or replaced all together,” he said.

The areas they found have been recorded and they are working on get­ting every one of them fixed, he said.

“We have identified the areas that need some type of repair, and now the repairs are in process,” he said.

He and Serna have also added stop signs and crosswalks to the parking lot by the Smith-Brasher building to ensure fewer acci­dents, Moffett said.

Moffett and Gallegos would both like students to know that if they notice any­thing that needs atten­tion, especially if it is a high security con­cern, that they should contact a teacher, administrator, or a work-study student so that the problem can be fixed.

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