Huber Heights to get tornado sirens


HUBER HEIGHTS — The City of Huber Heights has moved one step closer to what Fire Chief Mark Ashworth called a “weather net over the top of Huber Heights.”

City Council Monday approved a resolution that would begin the project. The first step was approving an expenditure of not more than $32,000 for the purchase of up to three tornado warning sirens. The city will receive matching funds from a Homeland Security grant for the sirens. The three would be the first of seven sirens that would be placed throughout the city to provide emergency warnings.

The first three sirens will be located at the aquatic park, Tom Cloud Park and Gary Sherman Park.

“I will be proposing at budget time when we meet a two-year process to build out the remaining portion of a weather net over the top of Huber Heights,” Ashworth said.

The completed project would include lightning detection devices. Ashworth said he also would like to pursue a joint project with the city of Dayton that would provide similar protection for the soccer fields by Rip Rap Road.

Ashworth said the sirens would operate in conjunction with the city’s current “Code Red” telephone warning system. “We will be one of the very few cities that will have multiple notification systems,” he said.

Also on Monday night, council:

  • Approved a resolution for the purchase of portable radios and radio equipment for the fire department for an amount not to exceed $60,000.
  • Approved a contract with Capital Electric Line Builders for modification of the traffic signal at Old Troy Pike and Merily Way. The new signal is designed to eliminate left hand turn delays at the intersection and will include the elimination of the crosswalk on the north side of the intersection. Cost of the project is not to exceed $70,000.
  • Approved a contract with L.J. DeWeese Co. for the installation of seven RTA bus stops. Eighty percent of the $105,000 for the bus stops will be reimbursed with an RTA grant.
  • Approved a contract with AECOM to design the city’s new water softening system. Voters last November approved a $12 million municipal water softening system. The contract with AECOM for the design phase of the project is not to exceed $1,100,000.
  • Approved a resolution amending an agreement with attorney Ryan Brunk for prosecution services for the city. Brunk and Robert Coughlin were the city’s prosecutors, but Coughlin recently submitted a letter of resignation. Brunk will take over as the city’s sole prosecutor with a salary of $90,000 a year. Brunk and Coughlin each were being paid $50,000 before Coughlin’s resignation.
  • Heard a presentation from Pat Stephens of the Wayne Township/Huber Heights Historical Society on the Shearer Cemetery restoration project.
  • Heard a presentation from Heraldine Johnson on the Success Center Foundation. The non-profit foundation is a free service manned by retired air force personnel and professionals who share life experiences and provide guidance and training. Johnson said the service was designed for young people but is available to people of all ages. Meetings are held on Saturdays at the Huber Heights library. More information is available at www.thesuccesscenterfoundation.weebly.com
  • Heard City Manager Rob Schommer announce that the city’s new website is scheduled to be launched sometime in the next couple of weeks.
  • Heard Councilman Tyler Starline announce he has decided not to run for re-election and is withdrawing his name from the November ballot. Starline’s decision means that Seth Morgan, a former Huber Heights council member who was challenging Starline in the November election, will become Ward 3’s new representative. Starline cited unexpected personal circumstance beyond his control and the need to spend more time with his family as reasons for withdrawing from the race. He will complete his current term on council.

Council’s next meeting will be Sept. 25, 7 p.m. at city hall. Council’s next scheduled work session is Sept. 19, 6 p.m., at city hall.

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Purchase is first step in creating “weather net” over city

By Dave Lindeman

For the Courier

Reach Dave Lindeman at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.