During Tuesday’s Russellville City Council meeting, mayor Mark Stratton noted the city would be testing its Community Outdoor Warning Siren (C.O.W.S) this week. The siren is located in the triangle on Hwy. 431 south and Hwy. 96. This new system is expected to help warn those in the southern portion of the city and beyond of bad weather conditions that could spark high-speed winds or possible tornadoes.
The city purchased the system with a $20,000 grant awarded from the Department of Homeland Security and received the system in March of this year. City grant writer Kaye Simmons wrote a grant soon after extensive damage was caused by a sudden tornado in southern Logan County last year.
The sirens, better known as C.O.W.S., is a warning system which alerts residents of impending danger, enabling them to take the necessary precautions to protect their lives and property. The city council felt it needed to look into trying to obtain a Homeland Security grant to help purchase the sirens for the safety of everyone.
“It is big and it is loud,” said mayor Stratton. “I think in that area of the community it will help us heading south more, and in all directions like out the Franklin Road.”
The City of Russellville currently has one siren, which is located on top of the police station. The siren can be heard everyday at noon with one long howl, however, if it is warning of a tornado the siren will wail out in several short intervals letting people know a tornado has been spotted close by and to take cover. Another siren in the Russellville area is out by Wal-Mart and is operated by the Russellville Rural Fire Department.
In other city news, the City of Russellville should be spraying for mosquitoes as weather permits.