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The Local Agenda: Flowery Branch may get new storm sirens

POSTED: January 15, 2013 12:11 a.m.

The Flowery Branch City Council is set to review a bid for installation of three outdoor weather sirens during its Thursday meeting.

One storm warning siren is slated for installation, upon easement agreement, at 7406 Lake Crossing Drive in the Sterling on the Lake community.

The others will be located next to the city water tower on Roberts Drive and at Alberta Banks Park, which is off Jim Crow and Radford roads. Easements aren’t needed for those because they will be on property owned either by the city or Hall County.

“This project is being done in conjunction with the county,” City Planner James Riker said, adding that Hall County will cover upkeep costs for the structures.

Hall County Fire Services and Flowery Branch recently received a $25,000 grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for the sirens’ installation.

In a letter from Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell to Riker, Kimbrell thanked the city for increasing its warning capabilities in South Hall.

“This cooperative project will greatly enhance our warning capability,” Kimbrell wrote.

Hall County Fire Services will operate and maintain the storm sirens, said the chief, but the department requested that Flowery Branch use Mobile Communications Inc. of Gainesville.

“Over the last several years, Mobile Communications has installed our current sirens, and continues to maintain the existing system,” Kimbrell wrote. “By utilizing this company, we will be able to guarantee a seamless transition of the proposed sirens into our system.”

The total bid submitted by Mobile Communications is $62,908, with the city responsible for the trenching and laying of 2-inch conduit and ground repair.

According to City Manager Bill Andrew, the balance of the proposed emergency siren purchase was not considered in this year’s budget and is expected to be paid out of city contingency funds.

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, City Council is scheduled to give its final OK to an ordinance setting the Nov. 5 general election. Council posts 3, 4 and 5 and the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot. The ordinance also sets qualifying for Aug. 26-28. Fees are $144 for posts 3, 4 and 5, and $180 for mayor.
Council meetings take place at City Hall, 5517 Main St., and start at 6 p.m.

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