Two new outdoor warning sirens wail into Kirksville

The Kirksville City Council unanimously gave the ok at Monday eveningâ??s meeting for the purchase and installation of two new rotating outdoor warning sirens.

The price tag: $17,100 each.

One will be installed and paid for out of the 2012 budget.

The second one will be paid for out of next year's budget.

Kirksville Fire Chief Randy Behrens told KTVO the Kansas company will likely install both sirens at the same time so crews won't have to make two trips to Kirksville.

"We're moving one from Brashear Park, moving it a little bit south and a little bit east to help cover the fairgrounds, the YMCA, the schools, the back part of the golf course where people are typically outside," said Behrens.

That siren will be put up by the Kirksville R-3 soccer fields.

The other new outdoor warning siren will be placed in PC Mills Park in the southwest part of the city.

That siren will replace an old one behind Barnett Hall on the Truman State University Campus.

Also at Monday nightâ??s meeting, the council unanimously approved the 2013 tourism budget.

Members also voted to authorize the city manager to file applications for grants that would help pay for very expensive upcoming improvements at the Kirksville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The council also approved an ordinance that establishes rules and regulations for the operation and care of the city owned Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery.