Magistrates want more information about emergency sirens

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By Stephen Lega

Only two of the county's eight emergency sirens worked during the most recent test, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Nov. 3 meeting.

Johnson said the only two that worked were the sirens at Bradfordsville and Angell Demmell.

Johnson said one of the problems involved a siren located at the greenhouse in Calvary. When the electricity was turned off at the greenhouse, it was turned off for the siren, too. For the other sirens, he said parts and possible some batteries will need to be replaced on the sirens that aren't working.

"Has there ever been a time when 100 percent of them worked?" Magistrate Steve Masterson asked.

Johnson said they have never worked 100 percent correctly since he's been involved with emergency management.

He added that it would cost around $20,000 apiece to replace the sirens. The estimated cost to repair the sirens is not known at this time.

The county pays $3,600 for its maintenance contract on the sirens, and the magistrates said they would like to speak with a representative of RCS (the company that installed the sirens and has the maintenance contract) about the sirens and what, if any, repairs may be covered by the contract.

In other business:

- The magistrates voted 4-0 in favor of allowing Project Lifesaver bracelet service to run through the county. (Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was not present at last week's meeting.)

The Project Lifesaver bracelets have a GPS tracking system. They were originally created to help find individuals with Alzheimer's who may have wandered away, but they are also being used for individuals with autism and mental illnesses.

Johnson explained that the families using the bracelets would pay for them and pay a $10 service fee to the county for someone to replace the batteries in the bracelets once a month.