Social Circle emergency sirens approved
The residents of Social Circle will have a little more forewarning about impending disasters with the new siren alert system approved by the city at its monthly council meeting Tuesday.
The city council unanimously approved buying and installing an emergency siren system to the tune of about $102,000. The money would be taken from a $1.5 million pool of SPLOST funds designated for public safety improvements.
Steve Shelton, director of public safety, assured council members there would likely be enough SPLOST funds to cover the purchase because Walton County had indicated it would assisting in other public safety expenses.
The new system, which would have three emergency sirens installed in various locations, has a reach of about 1.5 miles and can broadcast 16 different prerecorded messages or can be overridden to broadcast any message, allowing residents to be informed as to why the siren is going off and what they would need to do in the case of an emergency.
The city council also approved the purchase of two new radios for the SCPSD at the cost of $6,164,
City Manager Doug White, who also chairs the Stanton Memorial Library board, informed the council that the library had placed a request for state assistance with a possible expansion.
“There are people coming in that would like to have additional services that we just flat don’t have the room to offer in our existing space,” White said.
He said an architect had drawn up several variations of an expansion that would try to stick closely to the existing footprint and would cost roughly $3.5 million. According to funding formulas, the state would chip in about $2 million and the library would pay the rest.
“All this is pie-in-the-sky at this point with the state budget the way it is,” White admitted. But, he added, to even get on the list, which has a wait time of about five to seven years, groups need to at least place a request. The state did move forward with funding four library expansions this year, he said, and the Stanton Library’s request was 34th out of 44 requests.
In other city council business:
• The council unanimously approved a summation of the ordinance amendments that have been passed over the last couple years, at the suggestion of City Attorney Joe Reitman. This included amendments to the drug and alcohol policy for the city’s public transportation workers to be in compliance with state ordinance changes.
• Utility companies will now be required to get a permit before digging or doing utility work in the city’s rightof-way areas.
• The Jim Burgess Bypass was added to a Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety list of roads approved to be monitored with radar.