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Minutes from July 2014 Meeting

Attendance and Quorum:

  1. a.       ChairmanCeleste Suttercalled themeetingtoorderat6:00 PM.   
  2. b.      There was a quorum with 9 memberspresentincluding: Richard Ashby, Dave Bell, Cara Cyrus, Shannon Gillespie, Tammy Monroe, Mark Petersen, Celeste Sutter, Michael White, and Shane Williams.
  3. c.       4 members were absent.  
  4. d.      1 guest, Sam George of Sam George and Associates LLC, attended the meeting.
  5. e.      This meeting was not filmed by TV15. 


Approval of Minutes from last meeting:

  1. a.       The Chairman asked for a motion to approve the minutes as written from the June 12th meeting. Dave Bell motioned to approve the minutes and Cara Cyrus seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.


Financial Report:

  1. a.       ChairmanCeleste Sutterpresented thefiscal reportfromAccount1152.  The balance is $5562.91 as of June 30, 2014.  
  2. b.      1 claim were presented to the committee for approval:
    1. a.       Invoice from Sam George for the Bridge Flow study for $2,000.00
    2. b.      The Chairman asked for a motion to approve payment of this claim. Cara Cyrus motioned to approve payment, and Dave Bell seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.


Old Business: 

  1. a.       Tabletop Exercise—The Committee discussed the tabletop exercise to occur later in the year. Robert Black, the Chairman of that sub-committee, had previously stated that tentative plans for the exercise indicate that it will take place in September. There are no further updates at this time.
  2. b.      HazCat Workshop—Michael White presented the updates on the HazCat Workshop taking place this week. Mike noted that trainees were already able to reliably identify unknown chemicals using the updated kits and skills taught to them in this workshop.
  3. c.       Bridge Flow Study—Sam George presented the findings from the Bridge Flow Study completed in June 2014. Traffic across the new Madison-Milton Bridge was monitored for 20 man-hours with direct observation during daylight time, Monday through Friday, in order to compile data on hazardous materials (HazMat) traffic currently traversing the newly constructed Ohio River Bridge in Jefferson County. Some noteworthy items discussed:
  • ·         Madison-Milton Bridge carries 22 TPH (trucks per hour), which is within the expected range for a rural state highway, and is comparable to the findings of the 2010 Bridge Flow Study.
  • ·         26 placarded loads were noted crossing the bridge during the 20 hours of observation.
  • ·         Bridge traffic had a high HazMat density at 5.94%. Generally, HazMat densities near or above 6% are unusual for a road of this type, indicating a significantly greater presence of Hazmat than would normally be expected here.
  • ·         HazMat trucks crossing the river fell into only two categories, Gasses and Flammables, which are among the most common categories. However, since Corrosives (commonly used in industry) are the other most common category, and none were noted, this may indicate that not all HazMat traffic has returned to the bridge due to the recent construction, therefore, these rates may yet increase.
  • ·         As the bridge is still under construction at this time and expert predictions indicate that density and traffic flow will increase, follow-up study has been recommended in the future.



  1. a.       None at this time.


Report from the HazMat Team:

  1. a.       HazCat training is proceeding as expected (see above).


Other Business:

  1. a.       Public Comments – Sam George presented the findings from the Bridge Flow Study (see above).
  2. b.      Tier II Reports—One Tier II report remains outstanding.
  3. c.       Ethics Training—is scheduled to start no earlier than July 31st. All LEPC members are required to complete Ethics training annually.



  1. a.       IERC Conference will be held in Indianapolis on August 20th-23rd at the Sheraton at Keystone Crossing. The meeting starts at 1pm in the Government Center.
  2. b.      IERC meeting will be held in Indianapolis on Monday, September 8th at 1:00 pm at Indiana Government Center South, Indianapolis, IN 46204. 





Next meeting:  August 14, 2014 (Madison Airport Conference Room, 6:00PM)  



Cara Cyrus made a motion to adjourn and Dave Bell seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:21 pm.






Shannon Gillespie,Secretary/Treasurer


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