San Jacinto fire stations designated newborn baby ‘Safety Surrender Sites’

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San Jacinto fire Chief Bill Weiser asked and received the San Jacinto City Council approval to designate the city’s fire stations as Safety Surrender Sites where, under special circumstances, newborn babies can be surrendered to the designated fire stations in the city.

The local fire department required the council to give its approval before the designation can go into effect. The action is a part of the city’s participation in the Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month of February.

The Safely Surrender Sites complies with the state’s “The Safely Surrendered Baby Law” that was passed by the California State Legislature Jan. 1, 2001, with the intent to prevent harm and possible death to newborns according to California Health and Safety Code, section 1255.7.

Under the SSB law, a parent or person with lawful custody can safely surrender a baby confidentially, and without fear of prosecution, within 72 hours of birth.

The city Resolution No. 3787 will designate appropriate employees required to take physical custody of a surrendered newborn.

In other actions, the council approved the appropriation of $14,600 increasing the budget for San Jacinto Power. The staff said while initializing preparations for the 2020-2021 budget process found a discrepancy in the 2019-2020 budget for the money in five different accounts, but not included in the final presented and approved by the council June 18, 2019. Those accounts and amounts were: postage and freight, $150; contract services, $2,500; printing and duplicating, $6,800; bad debt expense, $150, and marketing and promotional, $5,000, totaling $14,600.

Staff said the appropriated funds would be covered by budgeted revenues for San Jacinto Power. There is no impact on the general fund.

Earlier in the short meeting new San Jacinto police Chief Lt. Ken Reichle introduced police K9 Yanik with his handler Cpl. Jeff Hurd. The introduction of the K9 officer was done from the hallway, so he would not be unduly distracted by the crowd.

An award presentation was given by the council to Deputy Bronson Gram and Reichle for their law enforcement work in the city.

The council recognized and praised outgoing Planning Commission Leslie Moore or his years of work on the commission. Mayor Andrew Kotyuk made the presentation.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.