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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 Flores.

            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 both days.

            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 April.

            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 December 21.