Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel of Central Arkansas

Minutes of Meeting May 13, 2014

Union Pacific's Jenks Shop, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Present:

Community Representatives: Chris Ameling (Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office); Ginger Bailey (AR Crisis Response Team); Richard Davis (AR State Fusion Center); Rick Ezell (NLR OEM); Gary Franklin (Retired UP); Joseph Gray (LR Fire); Phil Kirkland (Conway Fire); Alan Laughy (Jacksonville Fire); Stanley McKinney (LR Fire); Cindy Milazzo (Community Rep); Emma Jane Ohnemus (Community Rep); John Ohnemus (Community Rep); Rex Oxner (Veterans' Administration); Margaret Powell (NLR Mayor's Office); Nancy Sheehan (Capitol View/Stifft Station Neighborhood Assoc.); Max Spriggs (LR Police); Vinny Vickers (CenterPoint Energy); Robert Walker (Capitol View/Stifft Station Neighborhood Assoc.); Jon Wolfe (UAMS)

Union Pacific Representatives: Scott George (Jenks Shop Director)

Guests: John Ohnemus, Jr.; Tina Owens, ADEM (speaker); Christopher Spence, Grant County Farm Bureau;Stan Wilson, Baptist-Health (Speaker)

Facilitator: Kathryn Matchett

Absent

Representatives of: Argenta Neighborhood Boosters; AR Dept. of Health; CTEH; Dark Hollow CDC; Faulkner County OEM; FBI; Friday, Eldredge & Clark; LR Port Authority; MEMS; NLR Fire; NLR Health Dept.; NLR Police; NLR School District; Operation Lifesaver; Pulaski County OEM; Pulaski Tech

Community-at-Large Representatives: Ruth Franklin

Welcome/Safety Briefing and UP Minute

Welcome, Safety Briefing & UP Minute Scott George, Director, Jenks Shop

  • Business has been up from last year all year long.  No one is furloughed. All 1,000 locomotives that were in storage two months ago are now in operation.
  • UP has been involved with the tornado recovery efforts. Among other things, they have donated water and gloves to the communities affected and money to the Arkansas Red Cross. The Jenks Shop has been assembling tornado tubs of supplies and Scott George is in the process of requesting corporate matching funds for donations made by employees.
  • Introductions of Members and Guests

    Announcements:

    • Tornado Relief: Longtime UPCAP Member and Vilonia Mayor, James Firestone, sent a message thanking UP and everyone else for "volunteers, donations, prayers, kind thoughts and blessings." He said the biggest challenge now is getting the businesses up and running. He asked for continued thoughts and prayers.

    Next Meetings: July 8, September 9, November 11 (Kathryn will notify membership via email re. program topic. At least two of the three upcoming programs will be presented by UP.)

    Operation Lifesaver Challenge: Members were encouraged to contact Ron Hale, rhale1908@aol.com, to schedule a free Operation Lifesaver presentation and help save lives  - and to become eligible for a prize at our next meeting.

    Community Minute

    • NLR Fire Chief, Bob Mauldin, will be retiring July 1.
    • LR Police Chief, Stuart Thomas, is retiring in June.

    Program - Arkansas Crisis Response Team (ARCRT)

    Panelists: Ginger Bankston Bailey, Community Liaison, ARCRT; Richard Davis, Director; AR State Fusion Center; Tina Owens, Deputy Director, ADEM; Stan Wilson, Director, Pastoral Care, Baptist-Health.

    ARCRT is an all-volunteer statewide non-profit comprised of multidisciplinary volunteer professionals dedicated to providing crisis intervention to victims in the aftermath of a community crisis event. Upon request, the team serves victims, survivors, first responders and caregivers.