Monday, June 25, 2007

Kiowa County/Greensburg Update 6-25-07

Public Information Update
Monday, June 25, 2007

· 6,739 registered volunteers have contributed 114,410 hours to date.
· Workers have hauled 299,068 cubic yards of debris requiring 32,113 truck loads. The debris removal process is approximately 85.4 percent complete.

Greensburg City Council will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, June 28th. The meeting will be held in the Red and White Tent at Davis Park. A barbecue will be provided at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The BBQ is sponsored by the South Central Community Foundation.

The City council voted Thursday, June 21st to extend the building moratorium in the Highway 54 corridor and the downtown district for two weeks to allow KDOT and the Downtown Design Team to submit plans.

Before buying a new home or arranging for any construction, residents should call or stop by the Building and Codes office to determine which documentation and information is required for the building permit application. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or call 620-723-4109.

Teachers from the Florence Wilson Elementary School in Garden City and KAHBH are sponsoring a day of fun in Davis park for children 5-11 year olds on Thursday, June 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kids will participate in a variety of games. Supervision, lunch and drinks will be provided. Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. You may sign up at the Greensburg School District Office, the KAHMH bus on the square or by calling 785-313-6359.

The city of Greensburg will continue debris curb pick-up until June 27th. The City is reviewing properties that have not been cleared of debris to determine “Immediate Hazard” and may begin taking action on such properties.
Property owners willing to release the City and allow crews to enter properties for debris removal need to visit City Hall and sign a “Right of Entry” form. Property owners who sign the form will not have costs assessed to their properties.

“Pigmasters” of Greensboro, North Carolina will be traveling to Greensburg to provide an Eastern North Carolina Style Pig Picking for the residents of Greensburg. The southern hospitality barbecue will be held at Davis Park on the 4th of July. Evening festivities will end with a fireworks display.

Burning is prohibited within the Greensburg City Limits. In rural areas, follow county ordinances. Burning is strongly discouraged in windy conditions.

Financial assistance is available for Housing, Community Facilities and Business Development. Grants and low interest loans are available for repair or rebuilding of these structures and businesses. Applications are available at USDA’s Rural Development’s office in the Greensburg City Hall. Office hours are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., evening appointments are available upon request. Individuals may call 785-628-3081 ext. 4 or 800-338-5546 for more information.

USDA is also offering assistance for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Financial Assistance, for businesses, agricultural producers, and individuals through the Agency’s “Build Green” Program. This information is available at USDA Rural Development Greensburg Office.

Public laundry is open at Davis Park in Greensburg. The facility is sponsored by the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Church. The laundry facility at Haviland Park is no longer available.

Applications are available at Brown Auction and BTI-Greensburg. If you have questions call (785) 296-3070 or Applications are due to the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) by July 30.

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.

· 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 and “white goods”, such as batteries, paint, propane, pesticides, 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.

· 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. It will be closed Mondays. Owners of vehicles in Greensburg that were towed to the south landfill can view the inventory during regular hours.
The landfill is open to the public at no charge.
The Greensburg Fraud Task Force will investigate and prosecute any thefts of federal disaster relief funds. Call
1-800-KS-CRIME with tips.

· 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.

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. The Salvation Army will stop serving meals on Wednesday, June 27th.
· Lighthouse Worship Center, 804 W. Wisconsin, will serve hot meals from 11:30 a.m. – 2 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.
· Red Baron Pizza, Davis Park, will serve free pizza from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., June 22 - 26 at Davis Park.

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.

· 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 on the square, or by calling Kandy or Christine at 620-723-2030 or 620-388-4993. Hours are Monday –Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9a.m. to 1 p.m. Health benefits will be offered as of July 1.
· FEMA positions remain open to residents living 50 miles or less from the city of Greensburg and within 50 miles of Wichita. Specialty positions for planning and geographical information systems (GIS) are needed. More information about the open positions may be viewed at or call 620-723-4423 or 601-818-7515.

· 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.

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.
Greensburg & Kiowa County residents needing volunteer labor assistance can contact Ameri Corps at Davis Park.

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

Residents of Greensburg who are members of the Royal Neighbors of America, and suffered a loss due to the Greensburg tornado, should call 1-800-627-4762 for details on possible disaster assistance.

Residents can view and inspect a FEMA travel trailer and manufactured home between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the west entrance to Davis Park. They are closed on Sundays. A FEMA specialist will be on hand to answer questions during regular hours.

· Disaster Recovery Centers in Greensburg and Haviland are 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
· 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
· SRS has reopened its low-income energy assistance program 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.

· Curfew Hours remain in effect from 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.
· 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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