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City Update - June 1, 2011

 Wow, what devastation and grief Joplin has suffered as a result of the tornado that went through there a week ago. Thank God it was not Oswego, it would have wiped us off the map.

What would you have done if that storm had been heading toward Oswego? Would you have ignored the sirens? Would you have taken cover? Would you be alive today? It makes you think.  We do have a couple places in town where you can go in case of a tornado; the Middle School – 410 Kansas, and the Presbyterian Church – 425 Michigan. However, what about the drive to the shelter? Look at some of the pictures of the cars that went thru the tornado. I wouldn’t want to be caught in my car in a tornado!

What I am getting at is if you don’t have a basement, which most of you don’t, I encourage you to explore the possibility of an underground storm shelter for your back yard. A few steps outside your back door and you would survive a storm like the one that went thru Joplin, rather than possibly being a victim. The time to plan for a tornado is now, not when you see a tornado coming.

On a less sobering note, how would you like free money to fix up your home? The housing committee and I met with Susan Galemore from the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission on Thursday evening and there may be grant money available for home repair. The City is taking pre-applications for grants up to $20,000 if you meet the qualifications. Contact Cheri at City Hall for more details.  Hurry, time is running out!
Glenn Fischer, Mayor

Four crews continue to work on the project in the following areas:  One crew is working at Eighth & Wisconsin Streets, and then will head north on Wisconsin; a second crew is working on Third Street at Ohio and will continue to move east; a third crew is working at Fourth & Illinois, and will then move south to Sixth St; and the fourth crew is at Fourth and Adams and then will head west on Fourth.


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