City advances emergency sirens upgrade

Jefferson City is moving forward on a plan to upgrade and replace 12 of the city’s emergency warning sirens, but plans for a mass notification system need more research before a final decision can be made.

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At the Public Safety Committee meeting Thursday, Police Chief Roger Schroeder said the council should receive a proposal on the sirens in next few weeks, as soon as the Finance Department is finished going over it.

“It’s ready to go,” Schroeder said.

In early July, the council approved an expense of about $400,000 from the city’s half-cent capital improvements sales tax to replace the city’s 30-year-old sirens.

“Joplin had the exact same siren system that we have today and it was a failure,” said Nathan Nickolaus, interim city administrator and city counselor.

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