CLINTON — Clinton County will use money from a federal grant program to help fund the countywide emergency siren system.

Emergency Management Coordinator Chance Kness told the Board of Supervisors on Monday that the county stands to receive just over $10,000 from the Community Disaster Grant program. Signed into law by Gov. Chet Culver in February, the bill appropriates $22 million to be awarded to cities and counties that incurred disaster-related damages between May and August of last year.

The Emergency Management Commission voted in January to order 18 emergency sirens for the county at a cost not to exceed $300,000. The sirens will be installed by RC Systems of Waterloo, and will cover most of the small towns and rural areas in Clinton County.

Kness proposed the idea of a unified countywide siren system in July, so residents can be alerted in the event of a disaster or hazardous material spill.

Several unincorporated communities in the county currently have no siren protection and those that do have antiquated systems with parts no longer available.

The new countywide system will have the capability of being activated from a central point and will feature voice capability, allowing a brief message to be broadcast along with the siren.

Work on the siren system is expected to start July 1, with completion anticipated by mid-October. The system will be funded with a countywide levy assessed by the Board of Supervisors.

Each individual town will be responsible for getting electric power to the poles and for any extra features they want, such as a noon whistle, but maintenance and replacement costs will be funded by the levy. Kness also is looking for additional funding for the siren system, and will apply for a grant from the Clinton County Community Development Association.