Sunday, October 24, 1999

Kenton, cities agree on sirens




BY ANDREA TORTORA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAKESIDE PARK — Kenton County's cities will partner with county administration to install severe-weather sirens, create local emergency management procedures and build additional storage space for road salt.

        Mayors and council members from several cities met with county officials Saturdayto discuss the cooperative projects that will serve all Kenton residents.

        • More than 40 sirens could be installed by the new year, said Bary Lusby, county emergency management director.

        Mr. Lusby and Scott Kimich, deputy judge-executive, presented details of the $800,000 project to the mayors. They will ask the Kenton Fiscal Court to approve the project on Tuesday.

        Cities will reimburse the county for part of the system's costs during the next fiscal year.

        The sirens would be capable of alerting 95 percent of the county population to approaching weather such as tornadoes and thunderstorms, Mr. Lusby said. The county has 18 sirens now.

        • A Kentucky law that went into effect this summer requires every city to hire an emergency management director. Under House Bill 453, cities can agree to name the county emergency director to that position.

        The mayors plan to state in writing that Mr. Lusby will be their municipal director.

        “If we appoint (Mr. Lusby) it doesn't mean the cities stop doing emergency management planning,” said Bill Scheyer, Erlanger city administrator. “Doing this planning would keep efforts coordinated with the county.”

        • The county plans to build a large salt storage dome with Covington and other cities interested in a back-up facility. The goal is to prevent a winter shortage.

        The $180,000 facility would be built on Boron Avenue in Covington. The county would pay for the bulk of the project and would ask participating cities to cover remaining costs of $33,750.

        Lou Noll, Edgewood city manager, said the dome will offer cities a back-up salt supply. “This gives us a source to go to if we start to run low.”

       



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