The city of Columbia City was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Safety Grant Award by Indiana Public Employers Plan Inc. IPEP partnered with human resource director Beth Igney and Mark Coonrod, STAR Insurance Agency, to maximize opportunities to promote a safe work environment and assist with stretching risk management resources. The grant funds will be used to purchase safety equipment or safety training programs that will reduce or limit workers’ compensation exposure. IPEP was created in 1989 as a risk-sharing pool for public entities, as a response to the need for public employers to find affordable workers’ compensation coverage. IPEP has grown to provide workers’ compensation claims administration for more than 700 public entities including cities, towns, counties and schools.