LEPC Minutes

The Oxford County Local Emergency Planning Committee met on February 27th, 2024 at the EMA Office at 9 Western Promenade

I.  Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:06pm by Cammie Sprague

II. Approval of Minutes

Mark Blaquiere motioned to approve the minutes from May and August of 2023. Geff Inman seconded the motion.

Vote: Approved

 a. Treasurers Report

There was no Treasurer's Report available for presentation as a result of the ongoing transition of the finance department.

b. Chemical Spill Report

The committee reviewed the spill reports for the last quarter. There were 8 reported chemical spills, split between fuel and oil from traffic accidents, and home heating oil leaks resulting from the sever flooding from the December 18th wind and rain storm. 

c.  Training and Events Scheduled for June/July/August 2023

The committee reviewed the training and event schedule. 

III.   Old Business

d.     Hazardous Materials Training Update

The next Hazmat Ops Refresher is scheduled for March 9th at Otisfield FD. Subsequent trainings are TO Be Determined at this time, based on the availability of both instructors and funds.

e.     UPDATE - LD #95 An Act Concerning the Membership of the State Emergency Response Commission and Fees for Registering to Report to That Commission.

LD #95 has gone into effect, increasing the registration fee for reporting facilities from $50 to $100. This change will start to be reflected in LEPC training stipends in 2025.

IV. New Business

f. Obituary - Art Allen

The committee acknowledged the unexpected passing of Art Allen in November of 2023, who served on the LEPC and was the chief of RRT #10 out of the Rumford Paper Mill. 


g. SERC Presentation

In April of 2023, Oxford County presented in front of the SERC. The presentation included the goals of the LEPC, both simulated and real-world exercises that took place over the last 2 years, and the hazmat training program, to include a Full Operations course that took place in November as part of a FF1&2 class. 

h.     Tier 2 Reporting

The committee reviewed the list of facilities that have submitted their Tier 2 reorts and fees for 2023. As of now, there are still around 35 facilities that have yet to report.

i. Elections - Vice Chair

Cammie Sprague nominated Geff Inman to be the Vice Chair. Mark Blaquiere seconded the nomination. 

Vote: Approved

j. Elections - Secretary 

Geff Inman nominated Rachael Leighton to be the Secretray. Mark Blaquiere seconded the nomination. 

Vote: Approved

k. Location and Timing of Next Meeting - May 28, 2024 at 4pm, Rumford Power

l. Adjournment

Brad Peck motioned to adjourn the meeting. Mark Blaquiere seconded the motion. 

Vote: Approved

The meeting adjourned at 12:43pm

Respectfully submitted,


Rachael Leighton

LEPC Secretary