Safety is the number one concern for most communities across Nebraska, but in smaller communities, cost can be a real issue. This is where LARM steps in.
According to larmpool.org, LARM or League Association of Risk Management is a distinct non-profit organization that provides its 166 members reliable and continuous service that effectively manages their financial risks and promotes rate and coverage stability. LARM provides coverage and risk management services to cities, villages and other governmental agencies in Nebraska. York Risk Pooling Services Inc. provides many of the membership services.
LARM also offers a $500 grant to LARM members to fund or partially fund safety items that will assist in reducing or preventing injuries, property losses, workers’ compensation claims, and/or liability claims.
The Lean on LARM safety grant has helped numerous villages, townships, and departments throughout the state in getting the safety equipment that is needed. In Custer County, there are ten participating members with eight cities or villages and two rural fire departments.
Two of those villages, Ansley and Comstock, were both awarded $500 grants this past year to help improve the safety of the towns.
Comstock was awarded the grant to help purchase street barricades, safety lights, traffic cones and a welding helmet.
Ansley was also awarded the grant which they used to make improvements to the Ansley Park this past summer. The grant helped in purchasing rubber mulch that was placed in the playground area next to the picnic shelter. New equipment, and extension to the playground border and concrete approach were all part of the park improvement project. For more information on LARM or on the Lean on LARM safety grant, go to larmpool.org.