Logan County Emergency Manager David Ball has coordinated an effort that will have all six of the Logan County outdoor storm sirens back in working condition.
Ball informed the Board of County Commissioners on Feb. 29 that three of the six county storm sirens were damaged and not operable. Sites included Highway 74 and Forrest Hills (to the east), Seward Road and May Ave. and at the Sooner Volunteer Fire Station.
According to Andy Goddard, a contractor with Goddard Enterprises, the bearings inside the sirens had been damaged and the cost to repair were not under a warranty or maintenance plan. Goddard says he had not seen this type malfunction with the motor until within the year and the same issue occurred to a siren in Cedar Valley and in Texas. He believes moisture was the cause of the problem and that the bearings were not sealed, but that it’s not uncommon for any brand of siren. Related story: Half of county’s storm sirens not working; others to be checked
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At the Feb. 29 meeting, Goddard proposed an estimate of $7,683 to fix all three storm sirens.
On the request of District 1 Commissioner Marven Goodman, a representative from Storm Sirens Inc. attended the March 7 meeting to discuss options for a new vendor. The company responded with a proposal of $31,500 to replace all three storm sirens.
In Monday’s meeting, Ball announced District 2 Commissioner Mike Pearson, who was absent from the meeting, is working on replacing the siren at the Sooner fire department with Goddard.
For the other two sirens in district one, Ball received an estimate of $1,474.66 from Goddard to fix the two broken sirens. In addition, American Signal offered to cover the warranty on the siren heads as well as the casting.
“I find it quite interesting, that after our last board meeting and we made noises about changing our vendor on these storm sirens, that they magically became under warranty again,” Goodman said.
Ball says in his storm siren account he has enough to cover the costs to repair the two sires. The commissioners agreed and gave Ball the green light to proceed.
The emergency manager says the purchase order has been completed and is hopefully the sirens are back in working condition in the next three weeks.