Siren support surveyedPublished 6:20pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A citizens committee is circulating a survey testing interest among Edwardsburg area residents in a weather warning siren system.
The brief survey is available through Aug. 29 at either Edwardsburg Village Hall or Ontwa Township Hall. Completed forms can be dropped in a box at either location.
Results will be used by a citizens’ committee and representatives from the township board and village council to gauge residents’ interest in sirens.
The village used to have a siren when the fire department was located uptown before its move to M-62, but it is obsolete.
The siren would cover a one-mile radius, or two miles in diameter, and could be activated by 911 to warn of a weather event or other emergency endangering the lives and property of residents, according to Barbara Dempsey, who said the project originated with museum members in March.
County Commissioner Roseann Marchetti contacted Milton Township, which was working with West Shore Services of Allendale on its siren, for a presentation.
Dempsey said the company outlined a $120,000 system of six sirens, or $20,000 each.
Other committee members involved with the exploratory project include Meryl Christensen and Jerry Marchetti for the township, Scott Mackling and Pat Bellaire for the village, school chief financial officer Anne Flautt, architect Tony Leininger,
Fire Chief Bruce Stack and county emergency management coordinator David Smith.