MOUNT DESERT — The town’s Safety Committee is applying for a $500 grant from the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) to cover two-thirds of the cost of 10 safety stepstools for town offices and Mount Desert Elementary School.
The Board of Selectmen last week authorized the grant application and voted to have the town pay the entire $750 cost if the grant isn’t awarded.
Josh Jordan, deputy harbormaster and chairman of the Safety Committee, said one each of the aluminum stepstools would go to the police department, wastewater department, town office and harbormaster’s office, and the school would get six.
“The school has a sideboard [along the walls], and they have to jump up on it to open or close the windows,” Jordan said.
The other stepstools can be used by town employees for various tasks such as stocking supply shelves, he said. “It’s a lot better than standing on … something you shouldn’t.”
This is the first year of the MMA’s Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grant Program. It was established in memory of the longtime loss control manager in MMA’s Risk Management Services, who died in a traffic accident in January 2016.
Municipalities that are members of the MMA’s Workers Compensation Fund are eligible to apply for grants to purchase “safety equipment or services that assist in reducing the frequency and severity of workplace injuries.”
If Mount Desert is awarded the $500 grant, $175 of the local share of the $750 total cost of the stepstools would come from the town’s administrative supplies account, and $75 would come from the elementary school’s supplies account, Jordan said.