After months of collaborative work spearheaded by Brazil Township Trustee Marcia Tozer, not to mention more than a few setbacks, three township warning sirens will be officially tested at 6:15 p.m. today barring severe weather.
While officials conducted a preliminary "growl" test Thursday to determine whether the sirens would sound, the official first test for functionality, including the rotation of the sirens, will be this evening.
Kevin Orpurt, meteorologist for WTHI Action 10 News, was invited to attend the testing at the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
The township purchased three high-power rotating uni-directional sirens, and will retain ownership of the sirens and installation materials, like wooden poles. The city of Brazil will maintain the sirens, poles and associated equipment for a period of 20 years. Maintenance will include the purchase of replacement parts as necessary, and will insure the sirens, poles and other equipment against loss by weather, theft, vandalism or negligence. The cost of insurance is $150 per year, while the cost of back-up batteries is $50-$75 each.
Employees from Cinergy placed the poles for the sirens at three sites: Calvary Baptist Church, J&B Trucking and Yankee Rose. Each weighs about 454 pounds and are about 60 feet long. The sirens have a 60-degree output and rotate at 2 to 8 mph, depending on the setting. They will sound at 127 decibels. Jet engines put out 120-200 decibels on takeoff.
The cost of the project was estimated at $41,000-$42,000, and Tozer has described the numerous delays and unanticipated difficulties as "a comedy of errors."
The electrogmagnetic sirens are capable of making three distinct sounds, but a steady wail will indicate bad weather. Other sounds will be introduced gradually for chemical hazards and flooding.