Tri States Public Radio Staff
Hearing on Budget Amendment
Tue October 15, 2013
Lee County to Help with Siren
Lee County plans to help one of its unincorporated communities purchase some much-needed emergency equipment.
Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna says Denmark residents want to install an outdoor siren.
He says the community's population makes it ineligible to apply for a state grant that would cover 85% of the cost of the project.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors reached a consensus this week to apply on Denmarks' behalf. An official vote is tentatively slated for Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Cirinna says the money comes from FEMA but is distributed by the state.
He says the new siren could cost as much as $20,000, though a final figure will not be known until the project goes out for bid.
Cirinna says Denmark is raising money to cover the local match for the grant.
Meanwhile, Lee County is preparing to make some significant, but not unexpected, changes to its current spending plan.
A public hearing is scheduled for the Tues., Oct. 22 Board of Supervisors meeting on a roughly $725,000 budget amendment.
The amendment includes the $650,000 the county is borrowing to add new male and female cells to the Lee County Correction Center because the bond sale occurred after July 1, 2013.
It also covers grant money related to emergency management, transportation and conservation.