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CITY OF THOMASVILLE AWARDED GMA LIABILITY MANAGEMENT GRANT Article PhotoThe City of Thomasville was recently awarded a Liability Grant in the amount of $7,790 from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). These funds will be used by the City to purchase safety barrier and barricades.

“We are pleased to be awarded this grant by GMA that will allow us to replace older, heavy, wooden barricades with reflective, plastic A-frame barricades,” said Justin Kuhns, Risk Management Coordinator. “The new barricades will be safer for drivers and also much easier for our Public Works staff to carry and load into position.”

The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since the inception of the program, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program and over 500 grants were approved, totally nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear, and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment and training.

Eileen Thomas, Marketing Field Manager for GMA stated, “This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees.” The Safety and Liability Management Grant program is made available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s worker’ compensation insurance program (GMA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Fund).

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its over 500 member cities. The new barricades were received by the City of Thomasville in January.

Pictured (l to r) are: Erica Powell, GMA District Representative for South Georgia, Mayor Greg Hobbs, and Justin Kuhns, Risk Management Coordinator (click picture to enlarge)