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Additional Tornado Sirens For County Discussed At Meeting


August 27, 2020

The Pottawatomie County Board of Commissioners gathered for a rather short meeting in which they discussed plans to install tornado sirens, but took no action on the issue.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a new refrigerator for Carter Hall Juvenile Detention Center, and heard updates from the Public Safety Center, and Environmental Deputy.

The Sheriff's Environmental Deputy reported over 1,900 pounds of garbage collected for the month, and 20 new dumpsites discovered.

According to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center's update, the PCPSC housed 352 inmates as of Aug. 24. Breonna Thompson, who delivered the update, also reported some damage done to women's holding while an inmate was being held on watch.

Thompson said the inmate, who was suspected to be intoxicated, had ripped out a camera, tore down a light fixture, and damaged the ceiling of the cell.

"I haven't been in this morning to take a look at it to see what all is damaged," Thompson said, "but I was informed that it was pretty extensive."

The sole bid considered by the commissioners, the refrigerator for Carter Hall, was approved unanimously by the board. The winning bid, from Oklahoma Restaurant Supply, was the low bid. The purchase will equip Carter Hall with a new two-door, reach in refrigerator, and will cost the county $3,548.25.

Finally, the commissioners discussed installing additional tornado sirens in the county that would interface with the City of Shawnee's.

Shawnee Fire Chief Rodney Foster, who's been working on this issue with the county, said he recommends adding a solar cell to all of the towers.

"If you put a solar panel on it," Foster said, "it'll give it some back-up just in case you lose power, or if you have another event."

Foster said in severe weather situations, power can occasionally be down for some time. He said adding the solar panel to the sirens would allow them to function for longer in such a situation.

Commissioner Mellissa Dennis suggested tabling the matter for a later meeting date, to give Foster time to look into the bidding process that the City of Shawnee went through when installing their sirens. She said if the vendor would still honor the bid, and the district attorney would sign off on it, the commissioners could piggy-back off of that bid, since it was for another governmental entity.

The discussion ended with no action taken on the item, and the issue was tabled for a later date. However, Dennis and Commissioner Randy Thomas were in agreement that the sirens needed to be installed sooner rather than later.

Before adjourning, commissioners considered and approved OMMA Certificates of Compliance for two new cannabis businesses. Bingee Budz, of District 1, and Tecumseh True Green 405, LLC of District 2 were both unanimously approved as compliant.


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