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LEPC Meeting Minutes for 6/15/2006


            The LEPC Meeting was called to order by Al Baker, in the absence of Don Button who was attending the Regional Council Summit Meeting in Salina, with 13 members present. Richard Everett, Todd Hampton, Ruben Flores, Charles McKellar, Al Baker, David Wagner, John Leisher, Nahum Manzano, George Bushnell, Mitz Stamey,  Tom Kramer, Frank Goldsby, and McKenzie Atchison.

            Discussed the six steps to build the County Emergency Operations Plan and what and who would be involved in ESFs (Emergency Support Functions).

            Grant County’s 2006 Grant Funds are State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds $21,094 and Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP) $15,343 for a total $36,437.

            The Southwest Kansas Regional 06 Grant Funds are $363,459 SHSP and $264,376 LETPP for a total of $627,836 with approximately $18,835 taken out for maintenance and administrative fees.  The money may be available by the first of September to start spending.

            We are looking at doing a full scale Foreign Animal Disease Exercise in October.

            KDHE and Southwest Kansas Health Initiative (SWKHI) will be conducting an exercise to help prepare for a Pandemic Flu on July 10 at the Courthouse in Hugoton.  Morton, Stanton, Stevens, Seward and Grant Counties will be involved.  Each county needs at least 4 disciplines represented ( Fire, Emergency Medical Service, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Emergency Management, Public Works).  The area Hospital also has to be invited. Richard Everett from SWKHI had the Grant County Emergency Operation Plan-Biological Incident Annex which needed to be approved by the departments involved and the LEPC. 

            Avian (Bird) Flu Training will be June 17 at 10:00 AM at Pioneer Electric with Dr. Hubert Peterson, District Coroner and Dr Sam Graham, Kansas Animal Health Department and Matt Mercer, Kansas Homeland Security.  We have about 37 signed up.

            Requirements for NIMS compliance are IS 700, IS 100 and IS 200 at the minimum.  The committee looked at diagram of who needs what classes.  We need to set up training for the IS 200, IS 300 and IS 400.  Don will be teaching NIMS and IS 100 Basic Incident Command for the City of Ulysses Police Department.  As soon as we have dates we will let the departments know in case they have someone who wants to attend.

            House Bill 2982 mutual aid bill passed.

            We had a Hazmat Spill June 12, 2006, 14 miles East and 5 miles South of 15% hydrochloric Acid Solution, approximately 30 gallons was spilled.

            Grant County Fair is July 15 – 22.  Set up (Monday 17, --12 noon to 9 PM, Tuesday 18 --from 8 AM to 9 PM and Wednesday 19-- from 8 AM to 11 AM) Booths open at 11AM on Wednesday July 19 and close at 9:30 PM: Thursday July 20 booths are open 11AM to 9:30PM and Friday 20 - 11 AM to 9 PM.  We have 5 booths reserved for EMS, Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Management and LEPC.

            Pioneer Communications is setting up an Emergency Services Channel for information and training.  They will no longer be able to provide the cable override.  Al Baker reminded everyone how important it is for everyone to have a NOAA radio for alert and storm information. Ulysses Building Supply is still carrying the NOAA Radios for the Project Community Alert.

            Grant County Emergency Management is going to up date our Web page.  The Committee was asked, “What they would like to see put on the Web page?”

            John Leisher stated that seven employees from the hospital attended the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System training in Garden City.

            David Wagner from the Transfer Station stated they had decided to not burn the tree pile until we get some rain.  David also invited everyone to his and Kathy’s 25 Wedding anniversary at the Commercial Building, Sunday June 18, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

            The lack of rain was discussed and George Bushnell said we should all pray for rain.

            McKenzie Atchison, The Grant County Gazette, talked about the new Regional Gazette that will be coming out on Tuesday and be free to every household.

            Next meeting will be July 20 at 1:30 in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.

            Tentative meeting dates for the rest of the year:  August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16 and December 21.


Meeting adjourned at 2:25 PM.


Addendum:  The next meeting will be August 17 at 1:30 PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.  We will not have a meeting in July because of commitments to the Grant County Fair.