Shawnee County Ordering 1,000 More Weather Radios

By: Chelsey Moran/Melissa Brunner
By: Chelsey Moran/Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - More weather radios will soon be headed to residents of Shawnee County.

At its meeting Monday, the Shawnee County Commission approved emergency management director Dave Sterbenz ordering 1,000 more.

However, residents will pay a few more cents for them. The state paid the sales tax on the first 800, which are all spoken for. That's the most for which they'll do it, so the county must now charge the extra 70 cents for sales tax, making the radios $7.70.

Sterbenz says people realize just how important a weather radio is during severe weather, and, with this program where the state is picking up 75 percent of the cost, the price of a radio is less of obstacle to having one.

"Most people are realizing sirens are for outdoors," Sterbenz said. "People are paying more attention. they are getting the message."

Sterbenz says the public should not call in to reserve the next batch of radios yet. He says staff is still working to get the prior orders distributed. He says he will notify the public when the next orders will be taken.

Commissioners also talked about a conditional use permit for an emergency communication tower, but asked for more information before voting on it.


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