Before severe weather season starts next spring, Douglas County officials hope to have seven new emergency warning sirens installed at various sites in the county.
The new sirens two of them replacement sirens and five of them at new sites will bring the total number of sirens in the county to 30.
On Monday, county commissioners approved the purchase of the outdoor warning sirens from Blue Valley Public Safety, Grain Valley, Mo., for $94,401. The county will pay $40,585, and the federal government will pay $53,816 for the sirens.
The new sirens will be at the intersection of Peterson and Folks roads, to cover northwest Lawrence; Clinton State Park; Lone Star Lake; Pleasant Grove Estates; and Douglas County State Lake. The replacement sirens will be in north Eudora and in Lecompton.
ALSO ON Monday, commissioners:
Approved a $50 fee to charge the Sunflower Bass Club for a fishing tournament tentatively set for Oct. 17 at Lone Star Lake. The club will be limited to 10 boats at the event, and participants must possess a county-issued fishing license. Commissioners will consider the one-time boating fees for non-county residents at a later date.
Approved acquisition of right of way costing $1,674 for a bridge on County Road 1100E, about 1 miles north of the Franklin County line. The county will pay property owners Ronald L. and Loretta J. Young $789 and Dudley and Marie Louise Gilliland $885 for the right of way.
Approved purchase of 15 voice alert radios costing $5,087 for Emergency Preparedness to distribute to 15 sites around the county. The federal government will pay for $2,500 for the radios, and the entities receiving the radios will pay half of the radios' price to the county. Emergency Preparedness has not determined where the radios will be located.
APPROVED technical changes suggested by city attorney Gerald Cooley on the interlocal agreement between the county and the city of Lawrence.
Acknowledged receipt of a $4,500 economic development grant from Southwestern Bell and authorized commission chairman Mark Buhler to endorse payment of the check to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for an industrial market study.
Proclaimed the week of Oct. 11-17 as Kansas Extension Homemakers' Week.