Melissa — On Feb. 26, the City of Melissa was awarded a grant to purchase and install four outdoor storm sirens within the City of Melissa. The sub-grant was awarded through the Texas Division of Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

At the March 13 meeting, council formally accepted the Texas Department of Public Safety sub-grant and passed a resolution authorizing the city manager to proceed with executing the documents for the receipt of the sub-grant.

The application was originally submitted in 2015 and due to Hurricane Harvey approval was delayed. During the last two years many changes in development here in the city have taken place and therefore the locations need to be adjusted to ensure adequate coverage in the city.

“Now that the sub-grant has been formally accepted, staff will be working with DPS and FEMA to finalize the locations for the four sirens and then proceed with the process of procuring and installing them,” said City Manager Jason Little.

The City does not currently have an estimated date for when installation will occur, but the city will provide an update once the timeline for installation is known.

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