Towns getting emergency sirens

From Staff Reports

Eupora and the three other municipalities in Webster County have been
awarded a grant for five emergency sirens.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the Mississippi EMA
on March 29 that a Hazard Mitigation Grant for the siren project had
been approved, according to a letter provided by Eupora Alderman Dan
Burchfield (at large).

Two sirens will be placed in Eupora, and one each in Mantee,
Mathiston and Walthall. The sirens in Eupora, which already has two
others, will be installed at 540 E. Shore Drive and 100 Oak Tree Lane.

MEMA is paying for 90 percent of the grant. The city’s cost for its
10 percent match will be about $2,400 total for both of its new sirens.

The Eupora Board of Aldermen approved various motions regarding the
grant on April 1. The board vote to accept the grant and to proceed
with it pending signed interlocal agreements from the other
municipalities by June 1.

Another motion was approved to enter into interlocal agreements with
the other three municipalities stipulating that they agree to pay
their equal share to the city of Eupora as the lead applicant and
attach a copy of their minutes agreeing to that by June 1. City
aldermen also authorized board attorney Hugh Gibson to draw up the
interlocal agreements.

Burchfield informed the mayor and fellow board members Jan. 7 that he
had talked with MEMA and found out that a previous Webster County
grant for emergency sirens was dead for a second time.
The board authorized him to contact MEMA and submit the application
requirements needed for the previous grant.