Storm protocol and siren usage were the focal point of conversation at the Tuesday, July 1, Slater City Council meeting.
During a mid-June storm, Slater emergency sirens wailed for nearly 30 consecutive minutes.
Assistant Administrator Russell Griffith and Police Chief Keith Wright addressed the issue by examining the town's storm procedure.
The updated protocol, which took affect June 27, says sirens will be sounded for three to five minutes in the event of a tornado. Sirens will then be reactivated for one to three minutes to give an "all clear," instead of continuously running the siren.
The emergency sirens are designed to warn those who are outdoors when inclement weather approaches. Griffith said people who are indoors have other warning systems, such as television and radio.
During times of severe weather, First Baptist Church will be open for shelter.
Chief Wright also urged Slater residents to refrain from unneeded calls to emergency dispatchers during weather alerts. Wright said the dispatchers are already extremely busy with high priority emergency calls.
"Deciding when to sound the alarm can be stressful. Officials try to avoid sending warnings too early or too often because they could lose effectiveness," said Allegri. "Yet, we do not want to hesitate because lives are at stake."
Council members also discussed another incident in a recent string of vandalism that has plagued Slater.
"We did catch someone swimming in the pool last night (June 30)," said Griffith.
Griffith expects the after-hours swimmer will receive a stiff fine and community service. He said a civilian called in the suspect.
"Hopefully with 2,000 people watching the park that will be the biggest camera we have," Griffith continued.
Mayor Stephen Allegri talked about numerous Slater events in his mayor's report.
"The Bear Creek Blues Festival was a tremendous success," he said. "It's starting to get some national recognition."
"Believe it or not, Slater is putting Saline County on the map with these festivals," Allegri continued. "All of these festivals are first class."
Allegri also said a few words regarding the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
"(There is) no better place to celebrate America's birthday than Slater," he said.
The mayor added that Slater was "one of the only towns to still allow fireworks."
He also encouraged everyone to be responsible during the Independence Day celebrations.
Allegri went on to announce that volunteers were still needed to help organize the fall festival.
"If somebody wants to come forward and help it would be deeply appreciated," he said.