Grant Implementation Meeting–October 10, 2003, Hocking County Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Grant Implementation meeting was held October 10, 2003. The Hocking County Emergency Management Agency will contract with the Hocking Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Hocking County Regional Planning Office for support on preparing the Mitigation Plan. The Hocking County Regional Planning Office will oversee the project and the Hocking SWCD will conduct the research. Brigitte Bouska, State Pre-Disaster Mitigation Coordinator for Ohio EMA, provided a detailed description of the planning and grant process, presented the guidebook and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). Barb Bunthoff, Hocking County EMA Director, Robert Burris, Hocking County Regional Planner, and Debbie Later, Hocking Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Program Administrator attended. It was agreed Barb Bunthoff would complete the W9 forms and submit a resolution to the Commissioners for Approval. A Mitigation Planning Workshop was scheduled for November 13, 2003.
Core Group Members were discussed among the group and with input from Hocking County Commissioner Gary Starner. The Core Group members were selected as listed later in this document. It was agreed to invite all Township Trustees and Clerks as well as Village and City Mayors to all meetings. The first Core Group Meeting was scheduled for October 23, 2003, at 3 p.m. at the EOC Conference Room at 52 East Second Street in Logan. The Hocking SWCD sent out a letter to all Core Group Members, Township Trustees and Clerks, and Village Mayors notifying them that we are in the process of writing a Mitigation Plan for Hocking County and asking them to become involved and help with the project.
Meeting 1 – October 23, 2003 – Initial Core Group/Hazard Identification Meeting
The purpose for this meeting was to meet and familiarize the Core Group with the purpose, process and objectives for writing the plan and to begin to identify hazards in the county. Eighteen Core Group Members, etc. attended the meeting.
Barb Bunthoff, Hocking County EMA Director, explained that we can do absolutely no mitigation in the County if we do not get this plan completed. She explained that if an entity does not want to participate, they will have to pass a resolution that they don’t want to participate and then that entity will have to write their own plan in order to get mitigation funding.
Robert Burris explained the steps of the hazard identification process are: identify, profile, inventory assets, estimate of losses, and prioritize things we can do to minimize loss.
Robert Burris led the group in Identifying the Hazards by using Worksheet #1. Task A - The following hazards were identified as hazards that may occur in Hocking County:
Severe Winter Storm
Work Sheet #1 Task B - The most prevalent hazards in our county were identified as follows:
Severe Winter Storm
The group discussed past hazards that have occurred in the county and identified possible sources of information on these occurrences.
The next meeting scheduled is the Mitigation Planning Workshop on November 13, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Logan.
Meeting 2 – November 13, 2003 – Mitigation Planning Workshop
The Mitigation Planning Workshop was held at the Emergency Operations Center Conference Room with 20 Core Group Members, Township Trustees and Clerks, etc. attending. Rick Warren gave the presentation.
Meeting 3 – February26, 2004 – Core Group Meeting
This meeting was held at the Keynes Building Conference Room located at 88 South Market Street in Logan. It was originally scheduled for the EOC Conference Room but had to be moved at the scheduled meeting time due to a scheduling conflict with the room. Attendees were notified as they entered the EOC that the meeting had been moved to the Keynes Building just across the alley. Fifteen Core Group Members, Township Trustees and Clerks, etc. attended. Robert Burris conducted the meeting.
The purpose of this meeting was to select the most prevalent natural hazards, look at damage factors associated with these hazards, and discuss possible mitigation projects.
The group discussed principal areas where the damages occur and estimated dollar values for property in these areas. This information was further discussed at the April 21 Core Group Meeting and the information gathered as these two meetings will be addressed later in this plan.
Meeting 4 – April 21, 2004 – Core Group Meeting
This meeting was held at the EOC Conference Room in Logan with 12 Core Group Members, Township Trustees and Clerks, etc. attending. The meeting was conducted by Robert Burris.
The purpose of this meeting was to further discuss principal areas where damages occur, estimated dollar value and to begin discussing and selecting possible projects for the major hazards.
Meeting 5 – December 15, 2004 – Public Review Meeting
This meeting was held at the EOC Conference Room in Logan with 13 Core Group Members, Township Trustees and Clerks, etc. attending. The meeting was conducted by Robert Burris.
The purpose of this meeting was to give the core group, townships, and jurisdictions, as well as the public, a chance to review the second draft of the Hocking County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and give their input. Robert Burris explained the purpose of the plan and the process of the development of the plan. He also explained that it had been submitted to the state for review and we received their comments on November 5, 2004. Robert Burris and Audie Wykle reviewed the plan’s contents and discussed the mitigation strategies.
Barbara Bunthoff noted that mitigation buyouts can only be done immediately after an emergency declaration. Barbara Bunthoff, Hocking County EMA Director, noted that Salt Creek Township should be mentioned in the plan because they have had more declarations for flooding than any other township, and the roads need elevated and culverts need resized. She also requested that information be added concerning the snow in 1993 and 1994. She has a list of emergency declarations for Hocking County that she will provide so they can be added to the plan.
Don Davis, of The Ohio State University Extension, suggested reconsidering including insect damage in the plan due to the threat of Gypsy Moth, Emerald Ash Borer and the new problems with oak trees and the affect these could have on tourism in the county. Don Davis also suggested encouraging the Ohio Department of Transportation to elevate low places in the state highways to increase access for emergency vehicles during flooding. Two areas where this is an issue during flooding is State Route 93 South and North.
Eugene Taulbee, Falls Township Trustee, reported that they are having problems with beaver dams causing flooding and damage to some of their roads and requested that they be added to Mitigation Strategy number 10.