City looks to purchase new siren ahead of severe weather
By Jordan Howington| March 15, 2017 at 11:09 PM CDT - Updated August 12 at 6:20 PM
As severe weather season is creeping upon us, Kennett city officials are looking to install a new warning siren.
John Mallott, the town’s public safety director, said they have turned their attention to a certain part of town.
“They are listed as outdoor early-warning sirens,” Mallott said. “You know, we are trying to place it enough to where it will alert people because we know people aren’t outside looking at the sky looking at storm weather.”
It is the east part of town that Mallott said they are looking to install the siren. That is because residents in that particular area have trouble hearing the one located at the nearby fire station.
“We have one that’s thirty years old at station two and with the oil mill behind our shopping center it knocks the sound out from reaching a portion of that area,” Mallott said. “And when the wind blows, it can have an effect on the sound penetration. Hopefully, this will alert the Watson addition and other additions in that area.”
The city has discussed installing the siren at the intersection of Independence and Harris Streets.
Mallott said the city previously budgeted for this $25,000 project and he wants the public’s thoughts on the installation of the siren.
The city plans to hold a public hearing at the next city council meeting on March 21.
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