EARLIER: County to get talking weather sirens

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2 units will be placed in Clear Creek Park

By Lisa King

By next spring, county officials say they expect to have two new weather alert sirens up and running in Clear Creek Park.

Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee got thumbs up from the Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday to begin advertising for bids for the two sirens, which are Voice Command Warning Systems.

“We have been working on this since Hurricane Ike back in September 2008,” he said.

Frazee said he wants to place the sirens at the park – one at the Dorman Center and one near the golf course – to avoid confusion for park visitors and nearby residents in areas such as Colony Drive and Magnolia Place.

“The tornado siren that’s there now sounds an awful lot like that siren they use at the golf course to warn golfers they need to get off the golf course,” he said. “Right now, nearby residents think they have to head for the basement whenever that siren goes off.”

Also, Frazee said, the new sirens will serve another purpose as well.

“It can also be used to make announcements, so [Parks Director] Clay [Cottongim] or the folks at the FAC can even use it for whatever announcements they want to make, such as the opening of the concession stand or whatever,” he said.

The two electronic sirens can be used to broadcast alerts from the National Weather Service, and it will be purchased with a $33,000 FEMA grant, Frazee said.

Magistrate Hubert Pollett said he was excited about the sirens because they will be a big help at the park.

“They will really help us to clear the ballfields,” he said.


Henry, others appointed

Magistrates also made several personnel appointments Tuesday, beginning with the reappointment of County Road Supervisor Carl Henry, who received unanimous approval for a new 4-year term.

Among congratulations, Henry, who is well-known for sleeping on a cot at the road department during winter storms, endured a lot of good-natured ribbing about his reputation for his diligence in making sure his road crews keep county roads clear during winter months.

“This time around, don’t you think you could improve your efficiency rating a little?” Magistrate Michael Riggs asked jokingly.

On a more serious note, Riggs commended Henry for a job well done, as did Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

“This county has been well served by Carl Henry,” he said.

Other personnel appointments were:

§       David Meredith to the Waddy Fire Protection District.

§       David Brooks to the East U.S. 60 Fire Protection District.

§       Larry Siers to the Long Run Fire Protection District.

§       Justin Sewell to Shelby County Tourism.

§       Peggy Catlett to Shelby County Tourism.


Chickens, cars, weeds and things

In the public comment portion of the meeting, a Rolling Hills subdivision resident voiced his concerns about his neighbor being a public nuisance.

“They have a non-running car in the front yard and are using it for storage,” said Dave Gove of Northside Drive.

He added that the property also sports 4-foot-tall weeds and chickens that come and go from inside the house.

“They [chickens] came over and made a deposit on my deck,” he said.

Rothenburger said he would look into the matter, and check with Triple S Planning and Zoning to see whether chickens, which he said he thinks are considered livestock, are allowed in that area.


Also during the meeting, magistrates approved:

§       Authorization for Henry to advertise for bids to resurface Hazel Lawn and South Lawn Roads.

§       Release of fire department funds of $5,000 to East U.S. 60.

§       Request for $500 for Cropper Ruritan’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

§       A charity request for Summer Youth Program hosted by Marnell Moorman Family Life Center.

§       A Shelby County Fair 4-H and FFA sponsorship in the amount of $500.