Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Kiowa County/Greensburg 06-19-07

KIOWA COUNTY/GREENSBURG
Public Information Update
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 8:30 a.m.

PROGRESS REPORT
· 6,645 registered volunteers have contributed 50,626 hours to date.
· Workers have hauled 290,134 cubic yards of debris requiring 30,971 truck loads. The debris removal process is approximately 82.9 percent complete.

BUSINESS RESTORATION PROGRAM AND PROJECT SALES TAX EXEMPTION
Applications are available at Brown Auction and BTI-Greensburg. Officials from Kansas Department of Revenue will be at Brown Auction beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, to assist with applications. If you have questions call (785) 296-3070 or www.ksrevenue.org. Applications are due to the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) by July 30.

WASHER/DRYER SERVICE
Public laundry is open at Davis Park in Greensburg and at Haviland Park under the water tower. The Greensburg facility is sponsored by the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Church.

NEW HIGHWAY ROUTE
The Greensburg City Council voted last week to ask the Kansas Department of Transportation to begin acquiring property between Illinois and Ohio streets north of the existing highway. The current roadway would remain in place but would not be designated as U.S. 54. No design or construction timetable has been set.

KANSAS GAS SERVICE
KGE is purging natural gas lines in Greensburg. Crews will block off a one-block area at a time. A rotten egg odor may be noticed in the area being purged. People are asked to avoid KGS-blocked areas and to not smoke, operate vehicles or machinery in the area while work is in process. For information, call 1-888-482-4950.

MEAL LOCATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS AND RESIDENTS
Meals for volunteers and residents are offered at:
· Salvation Army, Dillons parking lot, from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Muffins and coffee are available for breakfast. Beverages are provided throughout the day. Lunch is from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and dinner is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Meals are prepared by the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist feeding unit.
· Lighthouse Worship Center, 804 W. Wisconsin, will serve hot meals from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday Beverages are available throughout the day.
· Methodist Church, 600 W. Lincoln. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and dinner is from 5 – 7 p.m. Snacks are provided throughout the day.
· Tony’s Pizza Will have free pizza from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., June 22 - 26 at Davis Park.

DEBRIS CLEANUP
Free debris removal will end Friday, June 22.
· Safety Tips
Protect yourself with gloves, hard-soled shoes or boots and respiratory masks as necessary.
If you have a cut or scratch that does not heal normally, seek necessary medical attention.
· Debris Removal
Help speed up debris removal by placing it in the right of way.
Keep debris at least three feet from utility poles, fire hydrants and water and gas meters.
· Hazardous Waste
Separate hazardous waste, (batteries, propane, pesticides) and “white goods” (refrigerator, etc.) from other debris.
Businesses needing to dispose of tornado-damaged hazardous materials must call KDHE at 785-296-1679.
Never handle damaged or leaking containers that might be hazardous. Call KDHE at 785-296-1679 or call 911.

LANDFILL HOURS
· C & D LANDFILL. Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· SOUTH LANDFILL Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Owners of vehicles in Greensburg that were towed to the south landfill can view the inventory during regular hours. It will be closed Monday.
The landfill is open to the public at no charge.

CONCTRACTOR/RECONSTRUCTION INFO
· All contractors must register at City Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Contract work is prohibited without registration and/or license. Contractors are responsible for hauling jobsite debris and must plug any sewer lines. Contractors are responsible for meals for their crews.
· Asbestos abatement contractors must be KDHE licensed. Call Scott at 785-296-1689 with questions.
· Structural engineer inspection is required before obtaining a building permit to rebuild a home or business. Call the Greensburg Building and Codes Office at 620-723-4109 with questions.
· Building permits are issued from City Hall during regular business hours.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
· JOBS IN GREENSBURG: Greensburg residents are being considered for employment such as administrative assistance, general labor, and other positions. Those interested can visit the Kansas Department of Commerce’s KansasWorks Mobile Center at the Greensburg Square, or by calling Vicky at 620-255-3705. Other contact numbers are 620-388-4993 or 620-388-4992. Health benefits will be offered as of July 1.
· FEMA HIRING FOR LOCAL POSITIONS: Residents and those who worked in Greensburg and have lost their jobs are being considered for these positions. Call 601-818-7515 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Barclay College.

GREENSBURG CITY HALL NEWS
· City Hall Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.
· Lost and Found has been set up at City Hall. New items are arriving daily.
· Water Service Testing continues and more water lines are being charged daily. Contact City Hall at 620-723-2751 for information or to report leaks.

KIOWA COUNTY NEWS
· County offices are located at Mullinville High School. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Health Department and Extension Offices are on the square. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SEVERE WEATHER SHELTERS. The severe weather shelters in Greensburg are located at the Carriage House Assisted Living Facility, 723 S. Elm; at the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, 501 S. Walnut; the Kiowa County Courthouse, 211 E. Florida; and the CO-OP grain elevator scalehouse at Ohio and Main streets. The Best Western Hotel is no longer a shelter.

VOLUNTEERS
In-state volunteers must call 211 and out-of-state volunteers must call 1-888-413-4327 prior to arrival. Ameri Corps is organizing groups wishing to volunteer. They can be reached at 314-313-4779. Volunteers must dress appropriately for hazardous working conditions.

FEMA TRAILERS
Residents can view and inspect a FEMA travel trailer and manufactured home between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the west entrance to Davis Park. A FEMA specialist will be on hand to answer questions.

FRAUD TASK FORCE
The Greensburg Fraud Task Force will investigate and prosecute any thefts of federal disaster relief funds. Call
1-800-KS-CRIME with tips.

PETS
Residents from Greensburg have until July 15th to retrieve their pets at the former Countryside Vet Clinic, 261 NE Hwy 61, Pratt.

FUEL AVAILABLE AT VOLZ OIL
The public can purchase fuel from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

ID BADGES FOR GREENSBURG RESIDENTS
Greensburg residents can get ID badges from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays at the Emergency Operations Center on the square. Residents are asked to provide some form of identification, such as a driver’s license. Badges are intended to provide residents with easier access to their property and meal sites. However, they are not required and are voluntary.

GREENSBURG MAIL
Residents can sign up for a mail box at the new post office. Hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays: 9 – 11 a.m. Call 620-723-2341 with questions.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
· Greensburg Disaster Recovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
· Haviland Disaster Recovery Center at Barclay College is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
· FEMA and SBA are located on the square. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. FEMA can be reached at 1-800-621-FEMA or www.fema.gov.
· Contact U.S. Representative Jerry Moran for assistance with the federal government at 620-665-6138.
· Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is offering a housing reconstruction assistance program. Call 785-296-5865 or log on to www.kshousingcorp.org.
· SRS has reopened its low-income energy assistance to aid residents in Kiowa, Pratt, Stafford and Edwards counties. Applications are available until June 29 at any local SRS office or by calling 1-800-432-0043.
· Kansas All Hazards Behavioral Health is offering crisis counseling for those dealing with the psychological affects of the tornado. Those needing services should call 1-800-575-2038 to schedule an appointment.

SAFETY UPDATE:
· Curfew Hours are 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
· Treat ALL power lines as if they are live. Call 911 if you observe an arcing power line.
· Leave room for emergency and military vehicles when parking.
· Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Seek immediate medical attention if you feel dizzy, nauseated or experience vomiting.
· Burning is prohibited in Greensburg. In rural areas, follow county ordinances. Burning is discouraged in high winds.
· Never enter any building that appears unsafe.
· Respiratory protection is recommended for all workers. Dust masks and safety glasses are available at the Kiowa County Health Department on the square.

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