County seeks new warning sirens

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; The county is applying for federal dollars to install two new weather warning sirens in the area.

Supervisors on Monday authorized Civil Defense Director George Souderes to write a grant for $68,000 to buy and install the sirens and upgrade four old ones.

The new sirens would be placed in the county outside the city limits, although exact locations haven&8217;t been decided yet.

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&8220;We&8217;ve still got to meet with (Souderes) to decide where those will be placed,&8221; said supervisors President Darryl Grennell.

That money, to be applied for from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will also cover the cost of upgrading the four sirens located in the city.

&8220;We&8217;re going to make those computer-activated sirens&8221; so Civil Defense won&8217;t have to activate them manually, as they do now, Souderes said.

The county will have to put up a match of up to 25 percent to receive the grant, Souderes said.

Grennell also said the county appropriated, in this year&8217;s fiscal budget, enough money to place a siren in the Morgantown Elementary School area in addition to the two the grant would cover.

In other business, supervisors approved advertising in the newspaper to let citizens know they must place house numbers on their mailboxes or houses or face fines.

The fine amounts were not available as of press time.