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In 2009, Slater was awarded an $8,445 USDA Community Facilities Grant to purchase the siren and two controller boxes, which replaced a broken siren in the southeast part of the city. In total, the siren cost $12,750, and the remaining costs were paid by the city.
Janie Dunning, state director of USDA Rural Development, commended the Slater government for making efforts to improve its city.
"It you didn't care enough about your community to be doing this, it wouldn't happen," she said.
She added, "It's really good that a community your size is working on so many projects."
Representing Congressman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Kyle Wilkens said, "It's good to see this federal money going to a good cause."
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri noted that the old siren was donated to the city of Clark, where it will be refurbished and reused.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith and councilmen Terry Jordan and Ron Monnig were also present at the event.