The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a statutory committee which is established for several purposes. These include providing a forum wherein representatives of local government, community leaders, emergency response agencies, long term response agencies, reporting and planning facilities, the media, and other concerned parties may cooperatively examine and discuss the political, financial, environmental, and personal safety issues of emergency planning activities; conduct fact-finding, planning, exercising, evaluating, and coordinating activities for the development of a comprehensive area-wide response system to hazardous materials emergencies; identify local response needs and resources; serve as the primary information source for residents of Portage County regarding emergency response activities, especially hazardous materials information and activities; fulfill requirements set out in EPCRA, sections 59.54, 323.60, and 323.61 of the Wisconsin statutes; and establish liaison, maintain communication, and exchange information with other LEPCs in the region.
The Committee regularly meets on the first Thursday of the second month of each quarter (i.e. February, May, August, and November.) The meetings are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Portage County Sheriff's Office Training Room, 1500 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, Wis. The meetings are open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to attend. Dates, times, and location may vary, so check the official public listing for the current information and agenda.
Members of the LEPC are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board for a four year term. Federal law specifies what backgrounds these members should be recruited from. The Portage County LEPC membership for the 2016-2020 term is:
1. Elected State and Local Officials
Supervisor Don Jankowski, Portage County Safety Officer
Chris Holman, Portage County Executive
2. Law Enforcement, Civil Defense, Firefighting, First Aid, Health, Local Environmental, Hospital, and Transportation Personnel
Gary Garske, Portage County Health and Human Services (Vice President)
Ken Voss, Portage County Hazardous Materials Response Team
Mark Deaver, Portage County Hazardous Materials Response Team
Daniel Kontos, Portage County Sheriff’s Office
James Williams, Portage County Emergency Management
Robert Finn, Stevens Point Fire Department
Joe Gemza, Stevens Point Fire Department
Joel Lemke, Stevens Point Water and Sewer Department
Jason Draheim, Stevens Point Emergency Management
Dan Ault, Plover Police Department
Gary Widder, Plover Police Department
Andrew Carlin, Waupaca County Hazardous Materials Team
3. Broadcast and Print Media
Brandi Makuski, Point/Plover Metro Wire
4. Community Groups
Corinna Neeb, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Brian Lepper, Sentry Insurance (President)
Sally McGinty, Sentry Insurance
Walter Clark, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
5. Owners and Operators of Facilities Subject to the Requirements of EPCRA
Mark Dewitt, Verso Paper Corporation
Pete Krzmarzick, Del Monte Foods
Joe Nagel, Windfield Solutions
James Polum, Flint Hills Resources
Debra Coleman, Worth Company
Kevin Kawlewski, Worth Company
Anyone interested in membership on the LEPC is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Division for more information.
Portage County Community Alert
Portage County Community Alert is an emergency and non-emergency community notification system. It enables us to communicate efficiently with residents in just a matter of minutes, helping save valuable time, use resources efficiently, and protect our community. Subscribers can also sign up and receive local non-emergency community notifications. Click here to learn more and register.
Contact Us/More Information
For more information, contact Portage County Emergency Management at (715) 346-1397 or by email at EmergencyManagement@co.portage.wi.us.