Douglas County became a little more emergency-friendly Wednesday evening after the addition of four new outdoor warning sirens was approved.
The sirens, just one of several late-addition items on the agenda, will be placed in four areas in the county that have already been approved for inclusion in the Outdoor Warning Siren System. The total estimated cost for the new equipment is $81,000, though the county will be reimbursed up to $15,000 for each. The resulting cost will be covered by funds earmarked for similar opportunities.
Commissioners Wednesday also approved a site plan allowing the construction of a 24,000-square-foot warehouse and production plant for McFarlane Aviation Products at the Vinland Airport at 694 E. 1700 Road. The plan would also allow for expansion of the facilities over time to accommodate the company’s growing business needs.
The site plan for the building will move forward when rezoning plans for the area are published.
County Administrator Craig Weinaug and commissioners spent more than 30 minutes in an executive session discussing the possible acquisition of land in relation to the consolidation of public works facilities. Weinaug said there were currently three sites being considered for purchase, though more options were possible and there was no timeline for reaching a decision. No action was made in regard to the discussion during the executive session.