Tornado warning sirens suggested
Aimee Barritt, county emergency services director, and Ginger Walker, county conservation director, appeared at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee County Conservation Board to discuss the possibility of putting tornado warning sirens in the two most used parks in the county -- Silver Sioux and Martin's Access.
The cost of the sirens would be $6,000 total with poles and power line hook up typically donated.
There are block buildings in both parks that would provide a greater degree of protection in a storm than an RV. Signs would also need to be installed notifying campers of what to do in the event sirens went off.
All sirens in the county can be activated separately from the communications center at the law enforcement center. The matter was brought up for consideration while the supervisors are preparing the budget for the next fiscal year.
Ginger Walker presented the annual report of the Cherokee County Conservation Board for the fiscal year ending June 30.
The report included descriptions of the many improvements that were undertaken during the fiscal year, including the long anticipated addition of showers and flush toilets at Silver Sioux.
The report also included a summary of the different programs offered to the public and statistics regarding use of the county's facilities. Walker said use was somewhat reduced because of poor spring weather and incomplete construction but camping increased significantly after the start of the present fiscal year.
Walker also distributed brochures that are being used in the effort to raise funds for an expansion of Martin's Access. She said that response has been excellent so far and noted that Pheasants Forever has made a significant contribution toward the project.
Rhonda Dean and Julie Schulenberg of the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault CAASA met with the supervisors to request funding for the next fiscal year.
CAASA provides shelters, counseling and other support for victims of abuse and assault in an eight county area.
The request was for funding at the level that has been received in the past.
Several citizens were present to object to the planned paving of four miles of 480th Street between Highway 143 and L-40.
Jim Nielsen spoke for the group, objecting to the cost to taxpayers and the impact of widening the roads on property owners.
Nielsen had no objection to the first part of the project which is a mile of paving that is the only part of the total project that has been approved so far.