When the committee in charge of keeping the city staff safe accomplishes its mission, they celebrate with a party.
On June 15, the city of Monmouth’s safety committee hosted a picnic at the Main St. Park in Monmouth, celebrating one year of zero safety incidents or violations of city employees. The event was put on by the city’s safety council president, Scott Allen, who hosted the event as a “thank you” for the safe work performed by Monmouth city employees.
Monmouth’s own Koyotes Tacos catered the event, and according to Allen, about 60 city employees would be at the event, including library staff, police, and city managers.
“We are doing a safety committee meeting, it’s an annual meeting that we do for the appreciation of the employees for a safe work-year, we have it catered by Koyotes the local restaurant,” Allen said.
Allen stood under the gazebo where the tables and trays were set up, full of beans, rice, and fixings for steak and chicken fajitas. He kicked off the event by saying a couple of words about their accomplishments to the city employees about having an incident-free work year.
“I appreciate all of your safe work over the year, and enjoy your lunch,” Allen said.
The city employees quickly lined up to get their lunch after a small but audible cheer could be heard once the announcement was made that Koyotes was going to be the restaurant catering the event.
Allen also announced that there would be a raffle during the lunch, where four winners will receive a gift card valued at $25.
“I’m really proud of all of them, literally zero incidences this year. We are very safe conscience; we have safety meetings at least once a month. We also have monthly safety meetings with the city committees where we discuss everything to make sure that we are safe,” Allen said. “They have really come a long way.”
Allen said in previous years, there have been a few minor incidences “here and there,” but nothing too bad. The shutdowns that Covid placed on everyone were a significant factor contributing to the low safety infractions over the last couple of years.
“It tapered off over the last couple of years, Covid had a lot to do with it, but even before then they were doing well, but this year there were absolutely zero,” Allen said.
“It’s not easy to oversee the safety of all the city employees. It is not always fun but putting on events like this picnic is one of the rewards I am proud to give city employees and one of the fun aspects of the job,” Allen said.