As the season for heavy storms nears, so does the long-awaited installation of warning sirens for Brazil.
The Brazil City Council voted to approve an agreement between the city and Brazil Township to maintain warning sirens Tuesday evening.
Township Trustee Marcia Tozer has purchased three high-power rotating uni-directional sirens. She is also handling installation of the sirens at locations around the city and township with three easements. Previous efforts to obtain easements and associated legal work contributed to the delay of installation following the purchase of the sirens.
While the township trustee will retain ownership of the sirens and installation materials, such as wooden poles, the city will maintain the sirens, poles and associated equipment for a period of 20 years. Maintenance in- cludes the purchase of replacement parts as needed, such as poles, keeping motors and other parts in good working order and general care and upkeep as suggested by the manufacturers. Replacement parts must be of the same or greater quality as the original parts.
The city will also insure the sirens, poles and all other equipment against loss by weather, theft, vandalism or negligence. Insurance must be equal to the amount necessary to replace the property.
Mayor Tom Arthur explained the city must pay for batteries, which are used as backups, at a cost of approximately $50-$75 each. The cost of insurance is $150 per year.
Councilman Jim Sheese observed the greatest cost per year would be about $300. Meanwhile, Councilwoman Pat Heffner told fellow Council members she believes it's a small price to pay for the safety of local residents.
The Brazil City Council regularly meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings start at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.