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By Melanie Yingst

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Melanie Yingst


TROY — Troy City Council passed all legislation with little to no discussion concerning any items on the agenda Monday.

All nine members of city council were present and unanimously voted to approve the following resolutions: accept recommendations of Tax incentive Review council’s Enterprise Zone Agreements; accept recommendations of Tax Incentive Review Council’s Troy Towne TIF; Downtown Building Repair Loan for P & C Ventures LLC for $50,000 for 121 W. Franklin St., Troy; Downtown Building Repair Loan for Charles Sturwold for $130,000 for 210 E. Water St., Troy; and licensing agreements for the use of the city of Troy’s Bicentennial logo.

Council also approved to repeal language of the State Administrative Code regarding the Troy Police Department’s Auxiliary to delete non-existent reference. The language removed is as follows: “(d) Members of the Auxiliary Police Unit shall be permitted to carry firearms while on duty only in accordance with 109:2-1-12(A)(3) of the State Administrative Code and except when so authorized by the Director of Public Service and Safety after the Mayor has proclaimed a state of emergency as provided under Chapter 511 of the Codified Ordinances, such authorization to terminate at the conclusion of the state of emergency.”

All legislation passed unanimously.

After the all resolutions and ordinances were voted upon, council president Martha Baker asked city of Troy’s director of public service and safety about the city’s eight emergency sirens, which failed to sound during the last month’s weather events.

In March, two separate siren testings took place — one at the beginning of March for the National Weather Service testing and the second was the county’s monthly test.

Miami County runs its monthly tests of emergency sirens at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month throughout the year unless threatening weather is in the area.

“This past Wednesday, they went ahead and tested the sirens during the regular testing time, but the clouds were very threatening that morning. I understand there is some concerns, like as far as people calling 9-1-1,” Baker said.

Titterington said in regards to the sirens failing to sound during the severe storm on Feb. 20, he said it was an issue at the Miami County 9-1-1 Center.

“They have not been able to verify that it was human error or software, however, ultimately the fix that has been put in place is to reprogram some of the software. What it amounts to, in layman’s terms, is they would hit one button and all the sirens would be able to go off in the county,” Titterington said.

Titterington said the city of Troy officials have the ability to override its own sirens if they absolutely needs to, but the “trigger point is at the county.”

“We have sirens with different technology than our neighbors as well as at least one other village that has their own technology,” he said. “At the 9-1-1 center, they are turned on, it’s a two or three step process,” he said.

Titterington said the 9-1-1 center has since reprogrammed its siren alert process down to a one step process.

Titterington said the National Weather Service testing went fine and all eight sirens responded.

Last week was the city’s normal monthly tests and went as planned as well, he said.

“We wanted to make sure we had a full test of them after the fix,” he said. “As a result of that we did have some people stationed around the different sirens and everything did work the way they should.”

Baker asked if it was OK for people to call 9-1-1 if they are concerned to find out whether it’s a real alert or a test.

Titterington said residents may call 9-1-1 or call the city offices. The non-emergency number for the Miami County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center is 440-9911.

“There are three or four different methods now with the technology the way it is to find out if the weather is such that a tornado could be imminent or there’s a watch or something,” he said. “The sirens, as we all know, is the outside warning. When you are inside your house, you’re not going to hear the sirens, necessarily, so there’s other technology for that.

“We try to keep the website updated and Facebook to let people know that it’s just a test,” he said.

City council will meet again at 7 p.m. April 7 at City Hall.

Melanie Yingst can be reached at (937) 440-5254 or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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