Tornado siren system tops Hardin board discussion

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

The May 10 tornado that hit Orrick has Hardin officials thinking about the town’s disaster preparedness strategies and equipment.

During Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting at Hardin City Hall, board members, Mayor Bob McCorkendale, other city employees and members of the town’s fire protection board talked for roughly 30 minutes on issues related to the town’s tornado siren system. The discussion resulted in the board voting 4-0 to move the siren activation box from inside City Hall to outside the building, under the awning. Under the motion made by Alderman Colin Chang, the vote also approved converting the activation device on the box from “a momentary” button to “a full off-on switch” or a timed switch.

One reason the board agreed to move the box was accessibility issues.

“The more places you have to lock and unlock and get in (to activate it) is (more) time wasted,” City Clerk Patty Lam said.


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