January 28, 2016
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) met
on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at
10:00 a.m. with the following members present: John Alford, EKAE; Mike
Barger, East Kansas Agri-Energy; Todd Barnes, EKAE; Mick Brinkmeyer, Anderson
County Emergency Mgt./Fire; Tabitha Clark, USD #365; Marvin Grimes, USD #365;
Kristie Kinney, LEPC Secretary/City of Garnett; Dave Kueser, Southern Star
Central Gas Pipeline; Tom Laiter, Anderson County Deputy; Samantha Mason, SEK
MCHD; J.D. Mersman, LEPC Chairman/Anderson County Fire/Emergency Mgt./Fire; Bob
Mills, City of Garnett Power Plant; Dawn Moody, Anderson County Communications
Center; Don Nungesser, Anderson County Coroner; Kevin PeKarek, City of Garnett
Police Chief; Kevin Ryan, KDOT; Pat Tate, City of Garnett Fire Chief; and Mike Thweatt, Kansas Highway Patrol.
Don Blome, USD #365; Vern Brown, Advocate Newspaper; Josh DeHoux, KDWP; Tanya
Ewert, Anderson County Hospital; Jerry Howarter, Anderson County
Commissioner; Trent McCown, KDWP;
Michelle Miller, Anderson County Public Information Officer – Road Dept.; Keith
Peine, Kansas National Guard; Robert Robbins, LEPC Vice-Chairman and Anderson
County EMS; Leslea Rockers, East Central KS Agency on Aging; Travis Rockers,
Anderson County Hospital Engineering; and Vern
Valentine, Anderson County Sheriff.
CALL TO ORDER
J.D. Mersman called the meeting to order at 10:00
a.m. Introductions were made of committee members.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes of August 27, 2015 were reviewed. Mike
Barger stated the minutes should reflect his title as Environmental Health
& Safety (EHS) Manager. A motion was made by Mick Brinkmeyer, seconded
by Mike Thweatt to approve the minutes of August 27, 2015 as amended. Motion
J.D. Mersman reported that he is working to find
replacements for Bob Palmer who was with Lybarger Oil, and Glenn Mudd who was
with Beachner Grain. Tom Lasser, Hawkins, has been added to the LEPC. Hawkins
is on the Federal Chemical Stockpile list so they have federal inspections and
a good safety program.
J.D. Mersman reported that the current officer’s
terms expired on December 31, 2015, so we need to have an election of officers.
Current officers are: J.D. Mersman, Chairman; Robert Robbins, Vice-Chairman;
and Kristie Kinney, Secretary. A motion was made by Bob Mills, seconded by Dave
Kueser to reappoint all current officers for another term expiring December 31,
J.D. Mersman provided preliminary updates for the
2016-2018 Exercise Calendar. Today’s workshop is part of the program. The
Cornstock event will count as an exercise in the 3rd Quarter. The
LEPC will review the Anderson County Emergency Operation Plan (EOP).
Kristie Kinney questioned whether the State was
still going to be able to come in with the city model for a utility exercise
for NIMS review. Once a date that staff would be available, J.D. Mersman will work on getting it
Robert Robbins reported that the hospital is
working on hazmat training.
J.D. Mersman stated the exercise calendar is open
to discuss any future ideas for exercises and is subject to change.
Mick Brinkmeyer reported that there was a recent
emergency call for a grain engulfment in the county, and it served as good training.
He was the incident command on scene. Westphalia, Harris and Garnett fire
departments responded. They performed an air check and dispatched grain tubes
that surrounded the man while they augured out the grain. Medical first
responders were inside and monitored the victim’s vitals. The man was safely
rescued with no injuries. He thanked all the donors on the equipment because
without it, he didn’t think it would have been a successful rescue. The grain
bin was 10-feet by 18-feet tall and was three-fourths full. The victim had gone
in on the side rather than the top. Rescue crews were able to identify areas
that they need more training.
J.D. Mersman added that the City Fire Department
had the 75-foot ladder truck on scene. There was a lot of manpower and
equipment there quickly. Mick Brinkmeyer said that Westphalia Fire Department
was on scene in less than 10-minutes and they were fully staffed within
approximately 20-minutes. The family donated an augur and grain vacuum loading
truck. Crews used the vacuum to drain the grain out so it came out fast. The
County has a drill pump. If the batter is dead on the drill pump, they have
hand scoops and one-gallon buckets for backup.
J.D. Mersman said the mats and pop crates to
stand on helped. Everyone in the County and City were working together and it
East Kansas Agri-Energy and Beachner Grain would
also be good places for the firemen to train.
Dave Kueser reported that all the houses in
Colony that were fed off the gas wells will be moved to Kansas Gas this year.
The town border will not be moved out of the City of Colony until 2017. It will
move over south of the cemetery. The current town border sits about two (2)
blocks south of the water department. The wells are all gone but the lateral
lines are still there. Kansas Gas will run new service to all the residents.
There were 18 wells and 20 residents are served off the Southern Star lateral
services. All City of Colony will be Kansas Gas customers.
J.D. Mersman reported that he and Lieutenant Mike
Thweatt will participate in a full scale active shooter scenario in Moran,
Kansas, in March, at the Marmaton Valley School District. Law Enforcement,
Fire, EMS, Red Cross and KDOT will all participate. This will be an ALICE training,
which trains on Fight, Flight, or Run. They plan to have a mass fatality in the
plan so Don Nungesser, County Coroner, might be interested in participating and
asked him to let him know if he plans to attend.
Tom Laiter reported that this training is on the
law enforcement side and how to enter the building. They presented it to USD #
365 but they turned it down. Mike Thweatt reported that Crawford County has
embraced this and they have implemented it in all their schools and are looking
at college level too.
Marvin Grimes added that this training is for
teachers only, not students. Tom Laiter agreed and said this training is to
encourage teachers and custodians who would be telling kids what to do, or they
could do a full training and involve the kids. Tabitha Clark asked if the
training took all day. Tom Laiter replied that is can be 1 ½ hours to all day.
Tabitha Clark reported that Homeland Security just did an in-service on active
shooter, so they may be more open to it now.
J.D. Mersman reported that he invited Don Blome,
USD # 365 Superintendent, to the March 11, 2016 exercise. Check in time at
Moran is 8:00 a.m. and the exercise kicks off at 9:00 a.m. This training will
be good to familiarize ourselves with the school in case Anderson County ever
had provide assistance. This is one of the largest exercises in the area.
Mike Thweatt reported a training was done in
Chanute a few years ago and they identified a lot of areas of support that was
J.D. Mersman said in addition to law enforcement,
EMS triage will be set up. Red Cross will set up a Lollypops & Hugs area
for the children. Marvin Grimes stated that parents and the public are the
Mike Thweatt stated that when it all comes down
to it, schools are responsible for the kids and they should have a system in
place to know where kids are and parent contacts. The school will be able to
find out how well their system works. Moran has the school on cameras that feed
to dispatch. Marvin Grimes stated we need to check on getting camera access on
phones in the school back, because we are not able to now.
J.D. Mersman stated we need to get Crest school
involved with our LEPC. Robert Robbins will try to contact someone at Crest.
COMMUNICATION AND REPORTS
J.D. Mersman reported February 21-27, 2016 is
Grain Bin Safety Week. March 21-25, 2016 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.
March 23, 2016 is the State-wide tornado drill at 6:30 p.m., and sirens will be
J.D. Mersman reported that on February 18, 2016
at 7 p.m., Anderson County Storm Spotter training will be at the community
Pat Tate reported that there was a traffic
accident due to ice south of Welda with people trapped in a van. A person was
in an electric wheelchair and two severely injured women behind the electric
wheelchair had to be extracted out. The driver of the van was paralyzed so they
had to extricate him as well. The emergency responder’s footing was terrible.
The Department of Transportation (KDOT) had a salt truck ¼ mile ahead.
Semi-truck drivers were going by too fast. Next time there is an accident in
inclement weather, is has been decided the highway will be shut down.
Thankfully no one was injured with the traffic issues.
Pat Tate reported there were five (5) injury
accidents in the ice. Dawn Moody added there was a total of nine (9) slide off
accidents that day. J.D. Mersman reported there was also a gasoline truck roll
over at the Anderson County and Linn County line during all the ice and accidents.
Pat Tate reported there was a house fire this
past Saturday where smoke level was below 4-feet and was mostly nicotine smoke.
The floor furnace hadn’t been cleaned in ten to fifteen years. The dust and pet
hair ignited. J.D. and the City gas department came in with the CO2 monitors.
The CO2 level was high in
the bedrooms. With the police department’s help, they asked the people to leave
the house. The smoke detector was open, but there was no battery but it
probably wouldn’t have helped with the amount of nicotine on the walls.
Mike Barger reported new East Kansas Agri Energy
Renewable Plant is scheduled for operation in late March. April 4-7, 2016 the
ethanol plant will be shut down.
Mike Barger reported that the ethanol plant is
getting rid of the ammonia tank and Caldwell Farms has purchased the tank. As
soon as he gets the pad poured, they will move the tank. The State has
inspected the tank and said its okay.
Mike Barger reported that the ethanol plant has
two (2) half million bushel bins going up and separate electrical building
going up for them. They also have a closed dump pit back by the southeast
corner of the facility to transfer over to where the other four (4) bins are.
J.D. Mersman said as soon as Dave Faries, City of
Garnett Assistant Fire Chief, gets a calendar the fire department will come out
and work with the ethanol plant. Mike said they welcome working together to
understand all of the hazards of the new renewable plant so that will be good.
Dawn Moody reported that dispatch just finished
installing the next generation 911 system. The process with smooth, even with a
2-week gap in the training and the go-live date where they were not able to
practice some of the things without having gone live. Currently they have the
calling and mapping capabilities that they had before. As more agencies in the
State start getting onto the system they will start adding texting, video,
telematics, and other functions.
Mick Brinkmeyer reported that staff have started
putting infrastructures outside of Garnett city limits into the dispatch
computer system so that first responders can see the building and floor plan.
Mick Brinkmeyer reported burn season will start
in a couple weeks. Last year there were many suspicious fires. If anyone sees a
suspicious vehicle contact dispatch so it can be checked out.
Mike Thweatt reported the highway patrol is
starting to get short staffed on incidents. They hope there will be new hires
in the next year or two. They are more than 100 officers short. The State has a
no visible tattoo policy and that may be a deterrent for new applicants, so
there is an online survey to see gather the publics opinion on whether they
approve of the tattoos or feel that it should be prohibited. Nonemergency calls
Kristie Kinney reported that Garnett City Hall is
undergoing a major software conversion. The first phase is the finance general
ledger and payroll, which went live this month. Once the training is completed
for this phase, court will be converted and then the most extensive conversion
of the utilities will be done.
Robert Robbins reported that the State removed
the Ebola risk. Medical staff no longer is required to ask the specific
questions related to Ebola. In March, the emergency room director and other
staff will be in Alabama for one week for hazmat training.
J.D. Mersman reported Square Fair is May 7, 2016.
Cornfest will be September 24, 2016 with Montgomery Gentry as the headline
artist. GAPP will bring more youth to the County to help residents paint and
other projects. Emergency Management will keep them updated on weather
notification. The weekend of October 14, 2016, Lake Garnett Grand Prix will be
at the North Lake Park.
J.D. asked Kristie Kinney to let him know
whenever there are boy scouts camping at the lake or reservoir for weather
alerts if needed.
The next LEPC meeting will be on April 28, 2016.
There being no further business, a motion was
made by Pat Tate, seconded by Mick Brinkmeyer to
adjourn the meeting at 11:25 a.m. Motion carried.