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by Patty Cheffey
If its location works for the project, the new Taylor siren could be located on Marion County right of way.
The commissioners discussed that situation after approving the contract for installation of the siren during Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, at which they also approved updates to LEPC’s chemical emergency preparedness rules, approved allowing the prosecuting attorney to hire a new attorney and briefly discussed the county logo.
The solar powered siren is to be installed by L&B Electronics in Taylor, and the Palmyra Fire Department has been working for a while trying to find a suitable location.
County Clerk Valerie Dornberger mentioned Monday morning the possibility of installing it on the new Taylor bridge or at least on some of the county right of way near the bridge.
Commissioners noted they liked that idea and will be contacting the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments and the Palmyra Fire Department to offer it and see if it will work.
Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, noted several trees were removed when the new bridge was built, and therefore there should be plenty of sunlight to charge the siren.
The contract approved with L&B Electronics is for $21,500, of which the county will be paying around 10 percent.
In other business, the commissioners approved changes to the chemical emergency preparedness rules upon the request of the Missouri Emergency Response Commission, which noted the changes were necessary to solve a situation that occurred in a southern Missouri county.
Under the changes, emergency directors, such as John Hark, Marion County emergency preparedness director, can no longer serve as the signing authority for emergency preparedness groups. LEPC has already appointed a different individual to take on that task.
The commissioners also approved allowing Luke Bryant, county prosecuting attorney, to hire another attorney.
Since funding for that position comes out of the General Revenue Fund, that position is contingent upon their being enough in general revenue to continue it.
Currently, the General Revenue and the Road and Bridge funds are in good shape.
General revenue shows $1,023,739.07 for July 2021, compared to $840,394.72 for July 2020.
Road and bridge is also higher than last year at $931,119.66 compared to $591,457.20 in July 2020.
The General Revenue Emergency Fund is currently at $1,289,043.61.
The commissioners also briefly discussed the county logo contest, in which they had no entries.
Commissioners will be contacting a local artist to see if he is interested in submitting something.
The commissioners and Dornberger also briefly discussed the use for the American Relief funds, noting they had a couple of questions for the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, concerning using some of the funds on county projects.