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LEPC Meeting Minutes November 17, 2005


Members attending Sharon Phelps, Richard Everett, John Crosby, Matt Traster, Richard Banes, Ruben Flores, Cindy Howard-Reeves, David Wagner, Sherry Thompson, Alan Olson, Vivian Button and Don Button and one guest Matt Mercer, Kansas Homeland Security.

Don Button called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

A NIMS (National Incident Management System) and ICS (Incident Command System) class has been scheduled for December 20, at 6:30 PM at the Grant County Fire Station.  This class is for all Grant County Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, Grant County Law Enforcement, Sheriff and Ulysses Police Department, Department Heads, City Administrator, City Clerk and elected officials – County Commissioners, County Clerk, County Treasurer, City Counsel, and Mayor.

Matt Mercer, Kansas Homeland Security, discussed the regionalization effort by the state.  The ODP Funds for 2006 and future will be shared between counties and regions.  A committee with representative from the local areas will discuss what areas need to be worked on, for example a bomb disposal squad for western Kansas.

The department heads need to meet to discuss how we will spend our ODP Funds for 2005.

Don discussed CEDAP (Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program) from the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP).  CEDAP transfers equipment to smaller jurisdictions and eligible metropolitan area and they will accept applications until January 13, 2006.  This is for Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS.

Sherry and Sharon from the Health Department reminded everyone to get their flu shot and to keep up to date on Tetanus shots.  They also have a Tetanus and Pertussis booster.  Kansas has several Pertussis out breaks.

Richard Everett, Southwest Kansas Health Initiative, stated they would have a regional meeting on December 15, in Hugoton.  KDHE is sponsoring a Packaging and Shipping of Diagnostic Specimens and Infectious Substances in Liberal on December 16, 2005.

John Crosby, Grant County Fire Chief stated Stanton County would be holding a Confined Space Class in January.  They are trying to get the HazMat Trailer stocked and ready for use.

Matt Traster, Grant County Commissioner, reminded everyone that the Kansas Association of Counties meeting starts Sunday, November 20.

Richard Banes, City of Ulysses, has some questions on the new Planning Standards he will visit with Don about these.

Cindy Howard-Reeves stated the hospital is revising their emergency Plans to work with the SHERT Plan (Southwest Hospital Emergency Response Team).

David Wagner, Transfer Station, stated they are still working with Road and Bridge to complete their trench closure.  The paper work for Ulysses to be a Hazardous Household Waste Satellite site is still at KDHE waiting to be approved.


Don Button, Emergency Management, will attend a Tetra Tech meeting on Friday November 19 in Dodge City.  Tetra Tech is the firm Kansas Animal Health hired to help the state and counties write their Foreign Animal Disease Plan.  Grant Co. Feeders has an approved burial site.  Cactus who owns Ulysses Feeders East and Ulysses Feeders West have submitted approved burial sites.  Don still need to visit with Rocking E Feeders, Santa Fe Dairy and Seaboard.

Next meeting will be December 15, 2005 at 5:00 PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.


Vivian Button