Locals appointed to Emergency Planning Commission


Multiple individuals have been appointed to the local Emergency Planning Commission, according to information from a recent Fayette County Commissioners’ meeting.

The term for the appointments is two years and begins Aug. 1. The following were appointed:

– Elected Officials: Commissioner Dan Dean and Jeffersonville Mayor Bob Kinzer

– Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth

– Washington Police Chief Jeff Funari

– Washington Fire Department Chief Tim Downing

– BPM Joint Fire District Chief Ronald Huff

– Emergency Management Director Melissa Havens

– Deputy Health Commissioner Leigh Cannon

– Fayette County Health Department Emergency Response Megan Batson

– Adena Fayette Medical Center Director of Safety Tom Royster

– Fayette County Life Squad EMS Leader Rod List

– Jefferson Twp. EMS Chief Dana Kellenbarger

– Fayette County Engineer Steve Luebbe,

– ODOT, Fayette County Manager Ronnie Ward

– Red Collar, EHS Manager Brian Crooks

– Walmart DC, AP Operation Manager Jason Manzo

– Record-Herald Newspaper Editor Ryan Carter

– ARC, Disaster Program Specialist Mary McCord

– Fayette County Transportation Director Joy Stanforth

– Fayette County Soil & Water Director Chester Murphy

– Jim Scott, RACES

Among its responsibilities, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) oversees the Hazardous Materials Program in Fayette County.

The Fayette County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) contracts with the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency to perform the duties of the Emergency Plans and Reviews, Exercising the Plan and Evaluation, Training and Education, Compliance, Facility Hazard Analysis and other duties and responsibilities as needed.

This contract costs $12,000 from the LEPC budget with the approval of the Local Emergency Planning Executive Committee and the Fayette County Commissioners. The money will be placed into the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) operating budget.

In other news from the Fayette County Commissioners’ Office, a petition was submitted to annex 0.888 acres of Union Township land owned by 4G Enterprises, LLC — Byron Gustininto into the City of Washington Court House.

Also in recent news, a resolution was signed to participate with funds in the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC). According to minutes from the meeting, the commissioners actively support and currently participate in the economic development district activities of the OVRDC.

OVRDC is a public regional planning commission within the State of Ohio, whose purpose is to influence favorably the future economic, physical, and social development of the 12-county region through its regional development planning programs and technical assistance. It promotes a cooperative planning process involving local governments, public and private agencies, and individual citizens, toward improving their region within a democratic process.

The commissioners authorized an appropriation of funds — $5,790 — as participating local funds to be used as part of the agency budget for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1 of 2023.


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