The City of Wellington will receive a $27,500 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for the purchase and installation of eight new storm sirens.
According to a press release from USDA, over $16 million in loans and grants have been awarded across the state for the purpose of rural community infrastructure improvements.
The sirens will replace six storm sirens within the city limits, and sirens at Wellington Lake and Wellington Airport.
All these sirens can be activated by Sumner County 911, Wellington Law Enforcement and Wellington Fire/Emergency Medical Services. Once the new sirens are installed, residents and visitors will have a more reliable emergency warning system, USDA says.
The announcement came from USDA Acting State Director for Rural Development Kansas Dan Fischer.
The largest project, a $6.4 million loan and $627,000 grant, will be used to construct discharging lagoons with wetlands for the City of Linn Valley near the Kansas/Missouri border between Kansas City and Fort Scott.