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L.E.P.C. is a volunteer organization of Coshocton County citizens that develops, revises and exercises the Coshocton County Hazardous Materials Plan and establishes procedures for providing citizens information about dangerous materials in the county.

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                                 MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2014
L.E.P.C. Meetings are held at 12:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of the following months:
January, March, May, July, September and November
All meetings are held at the County Services Building, 724 S. 7th Street - Lower Level, Room B-100. 


Minutes from the Tuesday, March 4, 2014 LEPC Meeting follow:

Coshocton County

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 12:00 Noon

Meeting Site :   Coshocton County Services Building

724 South Seventh Street, Lower Level - Room B-100, EOC Location

Coshocton, Ohio   43812



The bi-monthly meeting of the Coshocton County Local Emergency Planning Committee was called to order at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, by Chairperson, Glenn Hill, with attendees standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

(15) Members :        

Rob McMasters, Coshocton County EMA Director

Sue Vance, Coshocton County EMA / LEPC Administrative Assistant

Troy Cole, Coshocton County EMA Deputy Director

Glenn Hill, Chairperson, Chief, West Lafayette Fire Department

Dane Shryock, Coshocton County Commissioner

Steve Wheatcraft, Coshocton County ARES

Jim Baker, Coshocton City Council

Becky Beiter, Coshocton County Health Department

Mark Frank, Coshocton City Health Department

Don Carpenter, Citizen Member

Jeff Courtright, Coshocton County REACT

Andy Jones, Coshocton Co. Engineer’s Office

Lt. Jim Crawford, Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office

Dan Hardy, Coshocton County ARES

Kelly Jo Long, AK Steel - Coshocton

(7) Excused Absences

Kathy Reed, Coshocton Co. Memorial Hospital

Lt. Dean Hettinger, Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office

Capt. Rick Mills, City Fire Department

Ken Smailes, WTNS Radio

Ralph Beegan, Muskingum Area C.I.S.M.

Bernie Minet, Coshocton County EMS

Mark Westbrook, Organic Technologies



A motion was made by Dane Shryock to approve the January 7, 2014 meeting minutes, and was seconded by Andy Jones. Motion carried.

The Financial Report was given by Rob McMasters.   The unencumbered balance as of March 1, 2014 is $35,020.89. Mark Frank made a motion to approve the financial report as given, and the motion was seconded by Troy Cole.   Motion carried.

Old/Unfinished Business

Rob McMasters reported that no Haz-Mat responses were made during January – February 2014.

New Business

Rob McMasters asked members if there were any comments or questions regarding the LEPC By-Laws, which were discussed at the January 2014 meeting. Each member was given a copy of the LEPC By-Laws at the January 2014 meeting.   Members were asked to review the By-Laws prior to today’s meeting. There were no comments or questions asked.

Sue Vance gave an update on this year’s SERC filers.   To date, there are five (5) filers who have not reported their 2013 inventory.   She also reported that to date, she has received inventories from (68) Oil and Gas filers, which included a total of (938) sites.   Rob McMasters noted that due to the extreme volume of the oil and gas filers, their data will not be entered in to the CAMEO system.   Their reports will be kept on file, in alphabetical order, and can be retrieved quickly, should there be any inquiries or need.

An update on the annual 2014 LEPC Exercise was given by Rob McMasters. The exercise, which will begin a new 4-year cycle, will be a Table Top exercise scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014. Objectives have yet to be determined. Rob noted that the exercise would have a somewhat different plot twist this cycle, and would involve law enforcement as a key player. A Haz-Mat / transportation situation will be included in the scenario. Rob is considering a western county location as the site for the incident.   An Exercise Committee has been formed, and includes Rob McMasters, Troy Cole, Glenn Hill, Don Carpenter, and Dean Hettinger.

Troy Cole discussed trainings that have been scheduled or are in planning stages to take place from March through August 2014:

·          Grain Bin Rescue is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, 2014, with approximately 40 participants registered. Prior to the Saturday and Sunday training, the AG community will be meeting on Friday at the Grain Bin Trailer for their own training and familiarization of the trailer.

·          Haz-Mat Operations will be scheduled in April 2014

·          Railcar Incident Response is still in planning stages, and hope to have a representative from Ohio Central Railroad attend the May 6 LEPC meeting.

·          Haz-Mat IQ is still in planning stages. Funding for this training will be from a grant.

·          Rob McMasters discussed his recent ICS Train-the-Trainer course, which will allow him to do ICS Training. He noted that he is applying to be a Certified Instructor for the Ohio EMA.

Rob McMasters asked for a motion to approve funding for the purchase of food and miscellaneous expenditures associated with the Haz-Mat trainings in April 2014.   Jim Crawford made the motion to provide funding for food/miscellaneous items required for the April 2014 Haz-Mat trainings.   Motion was seconded by Mark Frank. Motion carried.

Rob McMasters asked for a motion for approval to cover meal and other expenditures relating to the May 22, 2014 LEPC Table Top Exercise. A motion was made by Becky Beiter to approve these expenses, and seconded by Andy Jones. Motion carried.

Rob McMasters spoke briefly about the Ohio Weekend Training at the Ohio Fire Academy on June 20 – 22, 2014. He would like to offer this experience again this year to local firefighters, who are interested in attending.   Cost is $200 per person, with a max set at seven (7) attendees. Rob asked for a motion to provide funding for up to seven (7) firefighters to attend this training.   Don Carpenter made the motion to pay for this training, with Mark Frank seconding the motion.   Motion carried.

Prior to adjournment, Glenn Hill asked members to share any updates that they would like to report. Comments noted were:

  • Dan Hardy (A.R.E.S.) gave details of NACCHO offering a series of webinars, designed to teach public preparedness officials about Amateur Radio and help them to get licensed.   He also noted that there are local ARES members who can train and review for radio testing.
  • Steve Wheatcraft (A.R.E.S.) noted that Coshocton County SkyWarn, A.R.E.S., and Coshocton County Amateur Radio Association (CCARA) members will be participating in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 Wednesday, March 5.   Members will be located throughout the county to listen for siren activations. A log will be submitted to the local EMA office and to the Coshocton County Sheriff’s office. Steve will be stationed at the EMA office during the drill.
  • Steve Wheatcraft also mentioned that an Advanced SkyWarn class (webinar) is being offered on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. here at the EOC location. To be eligible for this training, the Basic SkyWarn training is a pre-requisite.
  • Steve Wheatcraft reported that Coshocton County A.R.E.S. has a display at the Coshocton Public Library for the month of March.   A photo of their display is posted on CodeRed’s (ECN) Facebook page. Steve noted that the local A.R.E.S. has been recruited by the Coshocton County Sheriff’s office to assist with the Child Abduction Response Team. GOBA will be coming through Coshocton County in June, and multi-county amateur radio operators will be lending their expertise in radio communication during this event.
  • Jim Baker (Coshocton City Council) thanked members for understanding the situation of the City’s streets. He encouraged those who could, to support the May 6th Street Levy.
  • Glenn Hill noted the outstanding job that Rob McMasters and Troy Cole did with their WTNS broadcast on Monday’s “Talk Show”.   Subject matter included Ohio Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, CodeRed importance, and familiarizing listeners to the basic functions of the local Emergency Management office.
  • Rob McMasters provided members with a hand-out, explaining essential National Weather Service (NWS) terms, such as the difference between a Watch, Warning, and Advisory. He also spoke briefly about Severe Weather Awareness Week, and EMA’s procedure used to prepare the public for this event.  

Following the round table updates, Glenn Hill asked for a motion for adjournment.   A motion for adjournment was made by Dane Shryock and seconded by Jim Crawford. Motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Please mark your calendars for the next scheduled noon LEPC meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, here at the County Services Building location.     

Respectfully submitted,



Sue Vance

EMA/LEPC Administrative Assistant

Coshocton County Emergency Management Agency / LEPC Committee

Phone: 740-622-1984             

Fax:      740-623-6510
































































































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