U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced a $15,750 grant to help purchase a storm siren for the city of Treece.


 

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced a $15,750 grant to help purchase a storm siren for the city of Treece.


Senator Roberts toured Treece in June 2008 and heard from many residents and local leaders about the need for a new storm siren. Roberts encouraged the Kansas Rural Development Office to invest in this public safety project.


As of an EPA visit last week, Treece did not have a storm siren even though its neighbor across the border, Picher, Okla., had been destroyed by a tornado.


“I am pleased USDA is funding this critical project for a community in need,” Senator Roberts said. “With Picher shutting down, Treece will lose its closest first responders so it is especially important to get early warning of dangerous weather.”


Roberts, along with Senator Brownback and Congresswoman Jenkins have been fighting to relocate the residents of Treece. USDA local officials have indicated the storm siren may be moved and relocated to another community should the residents of Treece be bought out and moved.


The funds were awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office’s Community Facility Grant Program. The county will contribute $4,830 for this project, and Bingham Sand and Gravel will contribute $420. With the USDA funds, the total project costs are $21,000. Senator Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.