Plainfield investing in warning system upkeep
Madhu Mayer | 5/18/2017, 1:53 p.m.
PLAINFIELD - It is a sound everyone hears on Tuesday mornings particularly during the warm weather months.
To make sure that warning systems remain in good condition, the Plainfield Village Board Monday paid $6,278.98 to Fulton Technologies in Roselle to renew the community's annual maintenance contract for the outdoor warning siren system.
During emergencies, Plainfield residents will hear a three- to five-minute steady signal of the sirens, horns or other devices. When a person hears the siren and are unsure of what to do, they are urged to go indoors and tune their radio to one of the Emergency Alert Systems' stations and listen for essential information. Plainfield tests its siren every Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.
The widely recognized warning system is used by communities to not only alert residents of severe weather, but also to inform them if there is a major hazardous material or chemical spill in their town.
The contract with Fulton Technologies is for the repair and upkeep of the warning siren system, which is done on an annual basis, according to Plainfield police Commander Ken Ruggles. Fulton Technologies has been Plainfield's contractor for the last 10 years. The current contract covers inspections for all relay contacts and connections, labor and equipment for general maintenance. It also includes replacement of the system batteries and two control centers. The 2017 contract is slightly less than last year's cost, which was $6,526.
"In the last two years, we have seen a reduction in cost of the battery replacement side of the contract," said Ruggles. During inspection, contractors will change the batteries on the warning system if it is more than five years old or if it fails the load test.
Plainfield police Chief John Konopek said there are 12 locations that sound the siren in Plainfield, with two control centers.