Westover siren now operational

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A weather siren in the town of Westover is now operational, according to Mayor Mark McLaughlin.

The siren, which is located at City Hall, will sound whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the area.

&8220;It&8217;s up, all the systems are working and all the site work is finished too,&8221; said McLaughlin.

The siren can be heard within a one-mile radius of City Hall, which includes much of incorporated Westover.

&8220;It covers a big area, and that is a really good start,&8221; said McLaughlin. &8220;But we hope this siren is only the first of others that will help keep people inside and safe during bad weather.&8221;

A $10,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that was secured by the Shelby County EMA paid for most of the siren&8217;s cost. The Town of Westover paid the remaining $3,000.

The growing five-year-old town is also building a park at city hall. With only a few minor touches left to finish, the park will feature a playground, covered pavilion, walking track, restrooms and soccer fields.

Councilwoman Jeanne Champion Fisch announced earlier this month that she expects park construction to be finished this week.