February 16, 2006 LEPC Meeting Minutes
Attending the meeting were Vivian Button, Sherry
Thompson, Jeff Baier, Richard Everett, David Wagner, Richard Banes, Sharon
Phelps, Deb McDaniel, Al Baker, John Crosby, Don Button, Alan Olson, Matt
Traster, John Leisher, Dave Harbour, Mitzi Stamey, Jason Nelson and Ruben
Don Button called the meeting to order at 5:00
PM. Minutes from last meeting were approved.
National Weather Service Severe Weather
Identification and Strom Spotter Training will be March 7, at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
at the Lawson Room at the Civic center.
March 8 and 9th will be the Debris
Management Course at the Pioneer Communication Training Room 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
EMSAK Conference March 29, 30 and 31, a class on
IS 800 The National Response Plan, an introduction will be held on
the 29, 8 to Noon. This class looks at the roles and responsibilities and how
the National Response Plan should work.
Don Button and John Crosby attended the Regional
meeting in Wichita. Don was made chairperson of the Southwest Kansas Regional
Council. They did a risk analysis of the 18 counties in the region. The
counties are Greeley, Wichita, Lane, Scott, Hodgeman, Hamilton, Kearney, Finney, Ford, Stanton, Grant, Haskell, Gray, Morton, Stevens, Seward, Meade and Clark. The committee will consist of the following functional groups; Public Health,
Hospital, Public Works, Fire, Emergency Medical, Emergency Management, Law
Enforcement and a member at large with agriculture background and a member at
large from a volunteer/not for profit organization. Each county and/or city of
the first class (Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal), that are not represented
by one of the functional groups, will have a representative. The LEPC looked at
a printout, of the capabilities the council thought our region has to deal with
the risks associated with our area. The 2006 ODP Grant Funds will be issued on
a Risk bases and not a Population bases with half of the monies will go to the
region and half to the counties. When the committee looks at projects Don will
bring that information back to the LEPC for discussion.
Don will be going to a meeting in March to look
at an electronic filling system for the Local Emergency Operations Plan that
the state is putting together.
Don and Todd Hampton will also attend training
on a new State Mitigation Template to update our mitigation plans in February
in Garden City.
We have one person going to the HazMat Tech
Class in Pueblo in March and three more going in July. We have been approved
for Grants to send these people to the classes.
Pioneer Communication and Pioneer Electric’s
Health Fair will be March 11.
Deb McDaniel stated Columbia Chemical was busy
doing training and rewriting their plans.
Mitzi Stamey and John Leisher stated the
hospital is working on remodeling plans and the hospital has been very busy.
The Hospital has also been approved for another bioterrorism grant.
David Wagner stated the Transfer Station has
been approved for a Household Hazardous Waste satellite site thru Seward County
Landfill. He hopes to have it up and going for the spring cleanup the end of
Fire Chief John Crosby stated they had 8 people
going to the Air Monitoring Class in Liberal. He also stated that Grant County is not in a Burn Ban.
Matt Traster stated he was in Topeka for the
County Government Day. The state has approved a tax abatement for new
construction. He said they also met with Senators and Representatives to
discuss local problems. Senator Steve Morris will be in Ulysses Saturday
Morning at 7:00 AM at the Pioneer Communications Multi Media Room. He also
asked if anyone new where the Flu Epidemic of 1918 started? It is believed to
have started in western Kansas.
Richard Everett and Sherry Thompson talked about
some of the equipment the regional Health Department Group has.
Don Button stated they are in the process of
spending the 2005 ODP Grant Monies. Some of the monies will be going into
radios for the Communication Trailer.
The Next Meeting will be March 16 at 5:00 PM in
the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.
Meeting adjourned 5:40 PM.
Tentative meeting dates for the rest of the year April 20,
May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, and