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40 years ago: Siren testing policy up for revision again

October 4, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 4, 1973:

  • The policy of testing the Douglas County disaster warning system on the last Saturday of each month was being reconsidered by the county commission. The siren test on a recent Saturday had caused alarm to football fans attending the Band Day game and festivities in Lawrence. Commissioners were looking at the testing policies followed in other cities and were expected to come to a decision in a week or two. The policy being followed at the time called for the sirens to be tested under all weather conditions unless the city was under a severe weather warning.
  • A meeting of the Douglas County Solid Waste Advisory Committee was expected to be called within the next month to discuss preliminary studies of two additional proposed landfill sites. One site was southwest of Lawrence between the Wakarusa River and the Yankee Tank Creek, and the other was two miles east of Lawrence between 15th Street and the railroad tracks; both recommendations were presented to the county commission today. Project engineer Dave Blackman said that the southwest site was a good possibility, as it was more centrally located, had no occupied houses on it, and would be an idea spot for a park once filled. The other site was not as promising, Blackman said, as it was part of the area's drainage district and would flood with heavy rains.


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