DOOLITTLE — The Doolittle Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of two new storm sirens at its monthly meeting Monday, July 8.
The board reviewed four bids for the installation of emergency alert sirens in Doolittle. The winning bid came from Storm Sirens Inc. operating out of Joplin. The erection of two 50-foot high posts on both sides of town will begin soon. The sirens are omni-directional and operate on an alternating current line with a battery backup.
Mayor Paul Smith was pleased with the board's decision. For well over six months, he has worked closely with a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in discerning what was the best system to use. FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $33,500 cost and the city and fire department will cover the rest.
Road repair was another topic of discussion at the board meeting — in particular filling in potholes on Eisenhower and MacArthur streets.
Smith voiced some frustration in that fact that the board has talked a lot about getting road repairs done, but nothing has actually happened.
"Make a motion to let me take care of this. We have been talking about this since March and summer is on," said Smith.
The board heard his plea and approved for Smith and Alderman Ron Bramlett to do some asphalt work around town in the coming months.
The board also introduced Travis Gray as the town's new maintenance worker. Gray replaces longtime maintenance worker David Schmickle.
It didn't take too long before he received his first assignment — tree trimming. He was asked to trim back the overhanging growth on the town's streets.
The mayor placed the ongoing discussion of whether Alderwoman Sherry Pierce is a resident on hold.
He and the board are waiting on a response from the city's attorney.
Finally Police Chief Scott Jones announced that the police department has a new phone number — 573-456-2749.