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January 17, 2008


Don Button called the meeting to order at 6:15 PM with 6 members present.  Jerry Jo Deckert, John Crosby, Roger Gardner, Richard Everett, Don Button, and Vivian Button.


Jerry Jo Deckert made a motion to approve the Minutes to the last meeting. John Crosby seconded. Motion carried.


Jerry Jo made a motion to retain the LEPC officers as is.  Roger Gardner seconded. Motion carried. Officers are Don Button as Chairman, Al Baker as Vice Chairman and Vivian Button as Secretary.


We applied for 2 HMEP (Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning) Grants. The first grant is for four people to attend the Railcar Specialist Training at TTCI. Second grant is for one person to attend the 80 Hour HazMat Technician class at TTCI. 


At the last meeting we passed out section of the new Local Emergency Operations Plan, Don asked if anyone had any questions or recommendations.  Since the last meeting the state has passed our ESF (Emergency Support Function) 10. We discussed the need to attach Standard Operating Guides to the LEOP.


Continuity of Operations Planning (Coop) Training on January 16 was attended by 42 participants.  We had a really good turnout considering the weather. 


The National Weather Service in Dodge City will be in Ulysses on March 18 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 pm for the Annual Storm Identification and Spotter Training.  Training times is surrounding areas are: Liberal on February 28 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Sublette on March 3rd at 7:00 PM, Johnson on March 4th at 7:00 PM, Garden City on March 10th at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Hugoton on March 11 at 7:00 PM.


The State of Kansas is receiving additional EMPG Funds for Resource Typing of equipment and Credentialing of responders. Only 2007 EMPG counties are eligible and the EMPG counties may also have to match as much as 50% of the funds received.  Grant County is an EMPG county.  February 7 in Salina is the Kansas Planning team meeting to discuss this further.


Kansas Animal Health Dept will be holding training in Dodge City on February 13.


Kansas University will be sponsoring trainings. They are looking at Emergency Operation Center and Command training.  These training will not have a big drill like they did in Wichita.


Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad will hold training in Garden City on January 23 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, on January 24 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on January 25 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  These training are the same just multiple times so more people can attend.  BNSF HazMat Specialist will be conducting the training.


Kansas Pipeline training will be January 22 at 9:00 AM at the Civic Center.  This training included information on 34 Pipeline Companies.


The committee looked at some of the E-911 mapping updates.  When the maps are ready we hope to put a copy in our EOC and use them to assist our Emergency Services.


We need to make an Equipment resource lists for the LEOP.  This is a list from each department of their equipment and its capabilities.


Jerry Jo Deckert stated she would like to see the county get a satellite phone.  Richard Everett stated the Health Department has a satellite phone.


The 07 NIMS compliance needed a point of contact for each county.  The 08 NIMS compliance wants a point of contact in each department.


We discussed having an informational meeting about the CERT Training - Community Emergency Response Team training.  The meeting will be February 18 or February 11 at the Fire Department.  No one attending the meeting will be under any obligation to attend the training.  It will be a meeting to give out information and set up a time to start the training for those interested.


We have not had a very good turn out at the last few meeting. Vivian made a suggestion to have the next meeting at noon and do a brown bag lunch.   Jerry Jo made a motion to move the LEPC meeting to 12:00 Noon.  John seconded.  Motion passed.


John Crosby made a motion to adjourn.  Roger Gardner seconded.  Motion carried.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 PM.


Next meeting 2-21-08