The Leavenworth County Commission Thursday approved a measure aimed at both saving money on an upgrade to some of the county’s outdoor warning sirens.
The Leavenworth County Commission Thursday approved a measure aimed at both saving money on an upgrade to some of the county’s outdoor warning sirens. Chuck Magaha, the county’s emergency management director, acknowledged to the confused commissioners that they had indeed taken action in November to eventually replace 21 of the 41 outdoor warning sirens in the county’s system, including about 10 sirens that were beyond the point of repairs. But circumstances had changed somewhat since then. “By signing the full contract for the sirens before Dec. 28, we’re going to save the county about $11,000,” he said. That’s because of a new quote issued by Blue Valley Public Safety available to members of the Mid-America Regional Council that will take effect after that day. The new bid would be for about $441,000, as opposed to $430,000 under the current bid. County Clerk Janet Klasinski said the plan had been to issue a temporary note early next year, and then repay those funds. However, she said because of a larger than expected carryover in the county’s general fund, the commission had the option of instead of paying the whole amount upfront. Klasinski said last week that she had initially expected to begin the 2013 fiscal year with about $1.7 million carryover in the general fund, but current estimates were closer to $3 million. “We’ll save the interest and we’ll save the financing fee,” Klasinski said, by just paying the costs upfront, for a resulting savings of about $15,000. County Counselor David Parys said the county would actually transfer the money from general fund to equipment reserve. That way, Klasinski said, the county could fund further replacements on a rolling basis with a depreciation account.