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Dexter Township Proposes Investment in Outdoor Emergency Warning System

A public hearing and presentation on the warning system is scheduled for July 17 at the township hall.

Residents of Dexter Township may soon benefit from an outdoor emergency warning system to better prepare for tornados and other natural disasters in the township.

The Board of Trustees passed a resolution on Tuesday to hold a public hearing at the at 7 p.m. July 17 to discuss purchasing and installing 16 omni-directional electronic sirens from Front Line Plus, Inc. at a cost of $370,940.

"It's a pretty big bill, but based on all the feedback we received from residents in the aftermath of the March 15 tornado, purchasing the warning system is a wise investment," township supervisor Pat Kelly said. "This was recommended based on extensive work from our Public Safety Advisory Committee."

Kelly said currently the township has one warning siren in the area of Portage Lake. The Front Line system will be directly connected to the Washtenaw County Sheriff Emergency Management Division and can be operated by township employees from the township hall.

"Many residents commented in the aftermath of the tornado that it would have been beneficial to have an outdoor warning system available to reach more people in the township," Kelly said.

She said the warning system would be paid for from the general fund as well as funds earmarked for public safety.

"We dedicated $200,000 for tornado clean up and only spent $44,000, so we have some money available to purchase the sirens," she said.

In other action:

  • The board accepted the resignation of Patrick Sloan, planning and zoning administrator. "Though we're devastated to see Patrick leave. We knew this day would come," Kelly said. "Patrick tries to help everybody the best he can within the legal limits of the law. We're very sad to see him go."
Harley B. Rider June 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Correction - The Dexter Township Board passed a resolution to set a public hearing on the proposed emergency warning system for July 17th at 7:00 PM at the Township Hall. We did not pass a resolution to spend $370,000, and would not be inclined do so without input from the public. We believe the warning system is important and encourage the public to attend the hearing. Harley B. Rider Dexter Township Clerk clerk-dexter@twp-dexter.org 734.426.3767
Harley B. Rider June 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I see that the story was corrected as I posted my comment. Thanks, Dan.
Daniel Lai June 21, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You are welcome, sir.
TELLNOLIE June 22, 2012 at 04:59 AM
We live across the road from Carriage Hills Subdivision on Fleming Road.I heard the sirens coming from Dexter.I also saw the warning on the Weather Channel.There are also weather warning raido's and you can receive Weather warnings on your cell phone. TELLNOLIE
Harley B. Rider June 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Very difficult, but not totally impossible under just the right circumstances, to hear the Village sirens way out on Flemming Road. I heard the faint sound of the Village siren at our house off Island Lake west of Wylie, but that doesn't happen often. You MAY have heard the siren the Hudson Mills golf course uses to warn golfers of lightning. Dexter Township is proposing to cover 100% of the township so everyone will benefit. I encourage you to come to our public hearing on July 17 at 7PM at the Dexter Township Hall to participate in the discussion.

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