Saturday, March 2, 2013
Fifty-five sirens will be tested at noon using the Washtenaw County Emergency Operations Center.
The Washtenaw County Emergency Operations Center will conduct a test of 55 outdoor warning sirens on March 2, at noon. The sirens are tested on the first Saturday of every month from March through September. If there is a threat of severe weather on the day of a test, it will be cancelled. Except for scheduled testing, the sirens will be activated for the following conditions: Warning siren activation is a signal to members of the public to immediately go indoors and monitor local Emergency Alert System media outlets for official information. Washtenaw County’s emergency broadcasters are: WEMU 89.1 FM, WWWW 102.9 FM, WQKL 107.1 FM, WTKA 1050 AM, and WLBY 1290 AM. This test does not include sirens within the city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor's …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The township will install nine outdoor sirens to warn residents of environmental or man made hazards.
Almost one year after a devastating EF3 tornado ripped through parts of the Dexter area, Scio Township officials have decided to invest in nine outdoor warning sirens. Township Supervisor E. Spaulding Clark said the township contracted with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Emergency Services department in fall 2012 for the sirens and is currently working to determine the best location for installing the equipment. "We have one siren near Jackson and Baker roads that's been there for about 10 years," he said. "Unfortunately you don't really think about (adding more sirens) until it's too late." Clark said the township is paying roughly $87,500 for the purchase and installation of five sirens, and a grant from the sheriff's department will pay…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Representatives from DTE commended the township for being proactive in its recent public safety efforts.
Dexter Township officials received a surprise gift during their regular meeting on Tuesday. Representatives from DTE Energy presented the township board of trustees a check for $2,500 to help offset the cost of installing 16 outdoor warning sirens in the community. "DTE is very proud to be part of the Dexter community," Paul Ganz, regional manager said. Ganz, who has lived in the township for the past 20 years, said he admires the board's decision to move forward with purchasing and installing the sirens at a cost of $370,000. "When the siren warning system came up, I said 'that's the kind of heads up thinking that has really become a hallmark for this township,'" he said. "The township's response to the (March 15, 2012) tornado was just …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Placements of the sirens and permitting issues delay the installation of the sirens for weeks.
Plans to install 16 outdoor warning sirens throughout Dexter Township came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday. Construction crews with Front Line Plus, Inc., the supplier of the sirens, were asked to suspend installation immediately until the Washtenaw County Road Commission could approve permits for the siren poles. "There has been some miscommunication with the contractor and the Road Commission," Matthew MacDonnell, senior project manager for permits and construction at the WCRC said. "Sirens were going up in locations that were undesirable or us before we could issue permits." According to MacDonnell, the Road Commission had approved five of the 13 permits last week for sirens located near roads in the county's right-of-way, however, he said…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sixteen sirens were installed around the township to warn residents of natural disasters and emergencies.
After months of planning, installation of 16 outdoor warning sirens in Dexter Township began on Friday. The sirens, which were purchased at a cost of $370,000, are being paid with a combination of donations from businesses and residents, and the township's fund balance. The sirens will be installed throughout the township by mid-week, Clerk Harley Rider said, and will cover 100 percent of the township's 6,500 residents. The sirens can be synched to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Emergency Warning system, and include programming capability, which can be used for announcements. “The voice activation feature of these state-of-the-art sirens will be a very important and useful feature in an area with a lot of state and Metropark parkland used …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A 16th siren the township purchased and will install near Wylie and Island Lake roads overlaps with sirens in the village, trustees said.
- Daniel Lai
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A request to help fund one of Dexter Township's outdoor warning sirens was voted down by the Dexter Village Council on Monday. The council voted 3-3, with Trustee Jim Smith absent, against funding 25 percent of the total cost of a siren the township purchased and will install near Wylie and Island Lake roads. In the event a vote by the board is tied, Robert's Rules of Order dictate that the motion is defeated. According to information provided to the board, the siren costs $24,000 not including preventive maintenance, which will be funded by Dexter Township. The siren's coverage overlaps with the village's two sirens at Dexter-Ann Arbor Road and Dan Hoey Road. Village Manager Donna Dettling proposed that the village commit $6,000 to the …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A presentation on an outdoor warning system and comments from the public will take place at the Dexter Township Hall today at 7 p.m.
The Dexter Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing today at 7 p.m. at the township hall for the purpose of receiving comments, input and questions from the public on the implemention of a township-wide emergency warning system. The Board passed a resolution on June 19 to hold a public hearing to discuss purchasing and installing 16 omni-directional electronic sirens from Front Line Plus, Inc. at a cost of $370,940. The equipment purchase was recommended by the township's Public Safety Advisory Committee. Township Supervisor Pat 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 …