WARNER ROBINS — The third leg of the county’s new All Hazards Warning System is set to undergo its first countywide test Saturday, Houston County Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Jimmy Williams told Vision 2020 board members Thursday.
As of now, 29 of 33 warning sirens are set up around the county and on standby in case of an emergency. Williams said groundwork is still being completed on the remaining four sirens.
“All we have to do now is hope we don’t have to use the system,” Williams said.
The board also welcomed three new members — Centerville Mayor John Harley, Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth and Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen.
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Shaheen gave the board an update on the city’s animal shelter, which also houses animals from Centerville and Houston County. The shelter, which opened in the fall, is expanding because the current space doesn’t meet requirements for intake of animals from all three jurisdictions.
Shaheen said the city will take bids for construction of an addition to the shelter, which will include about 40 kennels to provide th extra needed space, until Feb. 9. The Warner Robins City Council is expected to select a bid at its Feb. 16 meeting.
Little League officials will get a walk-through of the new Little League Southeastern Region headquarters Wednesday. Jay Flesher, owner of Hybrid Corp and the project’s manager, said rain has slowed progress at the site, making it impossible to begin pavement on Snellgrove Drive and the parking lots. But, he said, the April completion date of the $5.5 million complex is still a reality.
Completion of the administration building is in its final stages, Flesher said. Construction of the maintenance building will begin after the concrete foundation is laid before the end of the week, he said. Once finished, the site will include several fields, including a stadium that will seat about 2,500 people. Hillside seating to accommodate an additional 2,500 people also will be available.
Officials also discussed the possibility of establishing uniform enforcement standards across the county. Houston County Commission Chairman Ned Sanders said having the same rules across the board in areas of building codes, sign ordinances and zoning regulations, among other things, would be beneficial for all jurisdictions.
Others agreed, voting to have officials from each jurisdiction discuss sign ordinance and building codes to streamline them by the board’s next meeting in March.
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