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October 19, 2006


LEPC Meeting


            Members present were Don Button, Sherry Thompson, Richard Everett, Carl Higgs, Marty Long, Richard Banes, Alan Olson, Cindy H. Reeves, George Bushnell, John Crosby, John Leisher, Sharon, Phelps, Jerry Jo Deckert, Terry Crosby, Lance Babcock, Al Baker, Vivian Button and Matt Traster.  Guests were Kathy Schwarzer, Johnnie Lira, Rodney Wilson, Tawnya Foutch, Matt Miller, Bill Brubaker, Charlene Miller, John Duran, Dennis Colsden, Linda, McHenry. Dave Harbour and Randy McCauley

            The meeting was called to order by Don Button at 7:00 PM with 28 participants.

            Members were asked if they found any problems with the minutes from the last meeting.  No one said they did.

            The Hazmat Symposium is in Wichita October 24 to October 29.

            Our December meeting date would be the 21st.  We have decided to not have a December meeting.

            The FAD exercise for October 20 and 21 was discussed.  Safety of all the players and the citizens of Grant County is the main concern.  While Grant County is playing out their exercise, Stanton County will be doing a stop movement exercise.

            Sherry Thompson stated they would have more flu vaccine by Halloween.  They should have plenty.

            Richard Everett from Southwest Kansas Health Initiative talked about the Four State Pandemic Influenza Table top Exercise coming up on November 15.  It is an exercise of boarding counties, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. Richard invited the LEPC members to come and observe.

            Jerry Deckert, Grant County Emergency Medical, talked about the good turn out at the Meth Workshop and the good training from Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Chief of Police – Alan Olson, Maggie Myers of Area Mental Health, Robin Hathaway the county attorney and Lois Limes, Community Prevention Consultant for Southwest Kansas Regional Prevention Center.

            John Crosby, Grant County Fire Chief, stated they had been doing Fire Department tours.  They have had several hundred children tour the facility.  The have received the new tanker and it is in service and ready to go.

            George Bushnell, Pioneer Electric, stated the company is under REA and RUS which is under USDA and they have to develop a response plan for all disasters.  They have to have a stage 2 table top drill soon.

            John Duran of Grant County Road and Bridge said they have an active Safety Program. He thanked the commissioners for the equipment they have.  They are still working on Road 9 and Stubbs Road. They will be blacktopped from highway 160 to highway 25.  By next year they should have the roads primed and sealed and ¾ inch rock and a 6 inch overlay.

            Matt Traster, County Commissioner, stated he had just come from a meeting at the Seward County Landfill. Everything is still running smoothly at this time.

            Cindy Howard-Reeves, Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, stated the hospital had completed the State survey and the Fire Marshall’s inspection.  They are working on correcting the concerns that were found at these inspections.  The hospital is also working on their safety and hazard plans.

            Lance Babcock, Grant County Sheriff, talked about the testing BP will be doing for the next 2 weeks of their pipeline system.

            Richard Banes, City of Ulysses, stated the cleaning and repair of the water tower is almost done.  It should be completed by Tuesday.  He also thanked everyone for their patience with the water pressure going up and down.

            Jerry Jo Deckert also reminded people of the PEPP Class, Pediatric Education for the Pre-hospital Professionals, to be held at the Grant County Emergency Medical Services building.  The dates of each session are October 28-29, November 11-12 and December 2-3.

            The next meeting will be November 16, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.

            Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.


Submitted by Vivian Button