Safety Committee Minutes

Atchison County

Safety Committee Meeting

December 16, 2021

The Atchison County Safety Committee met on Thursday, December 16, 2021 via the Zoom platform and in person.  Those members in attendance were: Amanda Dishong, Appraiser; Kalee Vanderweide, County Clerk; Wesley Lanter, EM/IT; Kim Glover, Road & Bridge; Melissa Smith, HR; Dirk Saragusa, Jail; Brian Oswalt, Maintenance; Cathy Crockett, Community Corrections; Kim Pruett, Joint Communications; Eric Noll, Commissioner; and Teresa Thomas, Treasurer.

Minutes were recorded by Kalee Vanderweide.

Amanda Dishong, Chairperson, called the meeting to order.


Minutes of November 18, 2021 Meeting – Dirk Saragusa made a motion to accept the minutes with no corrections noted.  Wesley Lanter seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.  


Accident/Incident Reports: 

Senior Village: Employee hurt her neck and back.   Follow up with the doctor will be on December 24, 2021. 

Election of Officers:

Wesley Lanter made a motion to have all officers stay the same as current.  Dirk Saragusa and Brian Oswalt seconded the motion.   The motion passed unanimously.   The President is Amanda Dishong, the Vice-President is Teresa Thomas, and the Secretary is Kalee Vanderweide.  

First Quarter Training suggestions were given.  Those were as follows: fire drill, tornado drill, Stop the Bleed, Supervisor Training, and CPR/First Aid. 

Cathy Crockett made a motion to have Stop the Bleed as the First Quarter Training.  Dirk Saragusa and Wesley Lanter seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.  

Wesley Lanter made a motion to allow New Supervisor Training as the First Quarter Training as well.  Kim Pruett seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 

The County W.A.Y. nomination sheet and information on the program will be sent out Countywide.  At the end of the year, all nominations will be wiped clean and will start anew for the new year.  

A question was asked about doing Accident-Free Bonuses.  Amanda Dishong spoke to Travis Bennett and he stated that people will be less likely to report accidents in order to get the bonus.   More near-miss reports need to be completed. 


A suggestion was placed in the drop box.  It read as follows: Would be nice if there was a cross-walk from the Courthouse parking lot to the sidewalk to the courthouse side of the street.  With cars parking on the side of the street, it is difficult to see on-coming traffic.  It is unsafe to try and walk across the street safely when the streets are lined with cars.  Would it be difficult to get this to happen?  Thanks.

This has been brought up before.  This is a city street and the City did not want to allow a crosswalk there, as there is a crosswalk to the south for the Atchison Middle School and one to the north at Parallel Street.  

Wesley Lanter will email department heads for a count on how many Stop the Bleed kits would be needed for each department.  This will be voted on at the next meeting.  

The next meeting has been set for Thursday, January 20, 2022.  There being no further business, Dirk Saragusa made a motion to adjourn the meeting.   Brian Oswalt seconded the motion.   The motion passed unanimously.