ROMEOVILLE – A new emergency siren with a public announcement system will be installed at Village Park in Romeoville within the next three months.
The Romeoville Village Board approved the $32,090 project May 21.
The village currently has 17 sirens. But none of them have a PA system, which Mayor John Noak said would help evacuation of the area in case of emergencies.
"It allows us to do announcements during events and communicate with those large audiences in the event of a storm or severe weather," Noak said.
Emergency Management and Safety Coordinator Mike Littrell said the new siren will replace the existing Village Park siren, hopefully by mid-August.
The existing siren will be relocated to one of two locations in the southern part of the village to expand coverage.
The relocation will cost $25,495.
Village Park was chosen because of its proximity to sporting and community events like RomeoFest.
Last year, RomeoFest was evacuated for one night due to severe thunderstorms, Littrell said.
"We could let people know a half hour in advance," said Littrell, adding that currently people usually learn of a last-minute cancellation by word of mouth. "We'd rather have them walking out of the fest instead of running."
Noak said the PA system would only be active during emergencies, so nearby residents shouldn't have to worry about the system becoming a nuisance.
The new siren will be installed at a cost of $25,899. The rest of the cost, $6,191, will be used on software and emergency receivers to be installed at several municipal buildings to expand the public announcement coverage.
The purchase of the new siren follows a regular emergency management process in the village. Last year, the Village Board purchased the Thor-Guard Lightning Protection System in four parks to warn the public of the threat of lightning in the area.