Byron looking at options to deal with broken emergency siren

Telegraph correspondentJuly 15, 2014 

City Council agreed to consider spending about $25,000 to replace the city’s only emergency siren, which does not work.

Councilman Michael Chidester presented information from Thomas Doles, Peach County’s emergency management director, about the city-owned siren, which Chidester said was probably installed in the 1960s.

Chidester said it would be more costly to repair than to replace and that Doles had forwarded the city information on a new siren similar to one replaced in Fort Valley for $25,467.

The council agreed to pursue its own bid and move forward with Doles’ recommendation for replacement.

Also at the council’s regular Monday meeting, Christine and Richard Presley spoke to council members, hoping to raise their own alarm over conditions and activities in their neighborhood.

Christine Presley said she and her husband were original residents in Byron’s (Williams) Orchard subdivision since 2002. She said roads are now riddled with potholes with some locations and flat spots collecting water and breeding mosquitoes.

She also suggested the city look into spraying for mosquitoes.

In addition, Christine Presley said police used to regularly patrol the neighborhood but that she was not aware of regular patrols now. She said speeding is an issue, and Richard Presley said there are problems with young drivers of all-terrain vehicles riding on streets with even younger passengers.

Christine Presley said there was work done last week to fix some potholes, but she said some of the repairs were causing other problems as workers left dangerous holes and crumbling asphalt in yards.

Mayor Larry Collins said the city would look into the situation and that police officials, who attended the meeting, would check patrols.

Chidester also suggested the Presleys call 911 when they see traffic and ATV problems. He also said they should check neighborhood covenants and look at legal solutions a neighborhood group pursue might pursue regarding other complaints mentioned that dealt with various buildings on neighborhood property.

Also Monday, Chidester advised the council that at its June 26 meeting, the city’s planning and zoning commission voted to change its meeting time from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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