by Carol Harris
With tornado season upon us, the city of Neosho has agreed to buy new tornado sirens.
In April, the City Council accepted a bid of $95,648 for eight emergency warning sirens. Those sirens will replace the 14 now in use.
Ten of the original sirens were installed in 1975.
The city will put some of the sirens where none exist, including the Crowder College area and the expanding intersection by the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The old sirens, which carried a range of 1,000 feet in one direction, will be sold. The new sirens will be able to double that range and rotate to cover a 2,000-foot radius.
The sirens will be purchased with money from the city's general fund.
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