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SATELITTE BEACH ― The Satellite Beach city council voted Wednesday, Feb. 5 on a proposed item to increase awareness and solutions for city employees who work in the area's hot temperatures.

A committee to provide solutions for heat-related illnesses and workers compensation was presented and discussed. Aspects like increasing heat during summer months, providing canopies and water source availability were brought up as well as informative awareness information that can be taught.

Mayor Frank Catino commented that regulating the summer work day hours to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. has helped for often above average temperatures.

"I think there were 154 straight days last year over 92 degrees. This is important for healthier and more productive employees," Mayor Catino said.

Councilman Dominick Montanaro concurred with the mayor, citing rising temperatures as a crucial factor to consider.

"It's only going to get hotter," Mr. Montanaro said. "I think the mower canopy idea is great and will make a huge difference to the person riding that mower."

The approval of the item received unanimous support by the other city council-members. It was presented by Satellite Beach City Intern Marcie Singleton.

City Manager Courtney Barker stated that the city is drafting a policy that will regulate breaks, canopy usages and informational lunches designed to identifying the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and countermeasures that can be taken.

The introduction of the committee for heat-related illnesses became vital in the wake of 2019's above average temperatures.

"After the summer, it was one of the hottest on record, we starting thinking about what we were going to do; we have to start earlier, what kinds of precautions do we need to take. We wanted to get ahead of that emerging issue," Mrs. Barker said.

Mrs. Barker also introduced Brevard County School District Member Matt Susin's effort to collaborate with local cities in an effort to share ideas and solutions together. Brevard County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi will sponsor the effort along with sponsoring, as well as Mrs. Barker assisting with drafting the resolution.

More information will be made available in future meetings as proposed discussion items.

For more information, call 321-773-4407 or visit www.satellitebeachfl.org

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