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  • County conducts storm siren survey

  • A total of about 1,150 storm siren surveys have been mailed to  residents in several areas of rural Crawford County, and that’s just the beginning.

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  • A total of about 1,150 storm siren surveys have been mailed to  residents in several areas of rural Crawford County, and that’s just the beginning.
    Don Pyle, Crawford County clerk, reported Friday to county commissioners that these surveys are in the mail.
    The county is in the process of applying for Community Development Block Grant funding to help pay the  expenses of installing severe storm warning sirens in rural county areas to make sure the areas are eligible to receive funding. The requirement is that a minimum of 51 percent of an area’s residents have an income below federal poverty levels.
    “People might consider some of the income questions on the survey to be kind of sensitive, but everything is confidential,” Pyle said. “There are no names on the surveys, just codes for the address, and we don’t see the completed surveys here. They go straight to the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission in Chanute.”
    Another survey will also be mailed out in the near future, for the same purpose, by Crawford County EMS to obtain CDBG funding to replace two ambulances at Station 1.
    “This mailing will be three times bigger than the other, because Station 1 covers all of  Girard, Cherokee, McCune, Hepler and Walnut, and all the unincorporated areas in between,” Pyle said.
    He said he had hoped a previous survey done a few years back in Girard would be acceptable for the grant, but learned that a new survey would be required.
    “Then we asked if the City of Girard would mail the surveys with their electric bills, but they’re sending out postcards now,” Pyle said. “It’s going to take a good chunk of people to do the mailing, EMS may help stuff envelopes.”
    The survey information needs to be turned in by the first part of October.
    “It’s very important that the surveys be returned to us,” Pyle said. “Otherwise, Chanute will send us a list of addresses and we would have to have some people go knocking on doors.”
    In other business, Pyle told commissioners that he would soon be able to get them budget figures for consideration in planning the 2014 budget.
    Commissioner Carl Wood said he would like to have a meeting with county department heads after commissioners had received their budgets, and Pyle said this could be arranged.
    Commissioner Bob Kmiec, who conducted the meeting in the absence of  chairman Tom Moody, announced that a work session will be held at 8:30 a.m. July 16 for the signing of the mid-month bills and payroll vouchers.
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