Shelbyville Daily Union

March 14, 2014

New warning siren raised

Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Shelby Electric Cooperative workers helped with attaching and raising the new weather siren at the bus barn at Shelbyville High School Monday morning

“Our members have kids who go the school here and, obviously, we are part of the community,” said Cooperative spokesperson Kevin Bernson.

The $16,500 siren purchased from Global Technology of Effingham was attached to a 60-foot pole provided by the Cooperative. The rotating head can send the warning signal 4,000-5,000 feet.

“The siren will cover all of the High School and Jr. High campuses as well as any sports activities. It can also be be heard for a good part of the northwest end of town,” said Shelbyville Police Chief David Tallman.

Tallman said that the purchase was made after recent tornado events in Oklahoma and Washington Illinois.

“Eventually we want to try to cover more of the town,” he said.

This is the fourth siren installed in the area. Other sirens are located on Corps property near Dam West recreational area, on North Morgan Street, and on North Spruce Street. The decision to place the siren on the High School campus was to cover more people and especially the students.

“This is the highest concentrated area of kids,” Tallman said.

The cost of the siren is being shared by all city departments.