Don Lynch, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director, advises some work will be taking place that could impact local phones and sirens.

AT&T will be on moving the city's telephone service from the old copper circuits to the new fiber optic system on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

The work is expected to take place during the period from 8 a.m. until noon, he said. Sometime during that time frame the circuits to Shawnee City Hall, the Annex, the Public Works Service Center, and other locations that have phone service connected by our computer network will be out of service for approximately one hour.  

“The connection to the fiber optics is scheduled to take about an hour, we’re just not sure until we get into the process where in the 4 hour window the outage will occur,” he said.

9-1-1 circuits will not be affected by this move.

“We apologize for any problem this outage may cause and will work with our vendors  to keep the disruption as minimal as possible and appreciate your patience during this process,” he said.

Secondly, Lynch said vendors will bbe installing a new outdoor warning device controller system and replacing the utility poles for the outdoor sirens at Bell & Federal and at Shawnee Twin Lakes Dam # 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 8 and 9.

“It is possible that we will need to do some audible testing of the system following these repairs & upgrades. However, we will not sound the sirens if the weather is inclement,” he said.