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Plainfield investing in outdoor warning system

By Madhu Mayer | 3/6/2018, 10:05 a.m.
Recognizing the outdoor warning siren can alert people of an impending tornado, the Plainfield Village Board is not taking any ...
A warning siren similar to this one is being purchased for the village of Shorewood's emergency notification system. www.crh.noaa.gov

Recognizing the outdoor warning siren can alert people of an impending tornado, the Plainfield Village Board is not taking any chances on whether the system will work when an emergency arises.

The board Monday approved spending $5,831.90 with Fulton Technologies in Roselle to maintain the outdoor warning siren system. Fulton has been the village's contractor for more than 10 years, according to Police Chief John Konopek.

The outdoor warning system, he said, is vital to the village and its residents as the primary outdoor warning component in times of severe tornado or an emergency.

The new maintenance contract from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 covers inspections, labor and equipment for general maintenance, according to Konopek. The maintenance agreement, he adds, was budgeted under Plainfield Emergency Management Agency line item. On the plus side, Konopek said the village has seen a reduction in cost on the battery replacement side of the contract.

The 2017 contract cost the village $6,278.98, while the 2016 agreement was a bit more at $6,526, according to Konopek.