Emergency sirens to be repaired

Published 4:00 am Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Repairs are being made to two of the county’s nearly 15 outdoor emergency warning sirens, according to a report given to commissioners on Monday.

Jeanna Barnes, Pike County Emergency Management Director, told commissioners on Monday that two of the outdoor sirens are experiencing electrical issues, although both are still sounding.

“We’ve got two that we’re still waiting on a little bit of electrical work, but they do sound,” Barnes said. “There is one in Banks and one at Josie. He’s working on them just as quick as he can.”

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Barnes also said she encouraged the general public to also have a weather radio or other warning methods available for severe weather.

“Don’t rely on the outdoor warning sirens,” Barnes said. “The sirens are made to be heard outdoors not inside a home, so it always smart to have other methods of communication such as a weather radio or weather alert app in times of severe weather.”

Commissioners also hosted two guests during their meeting, Grant Lyons and Heath Wesley. Lyons, former Pike County Extension Service coordinator, has recently taken a job closer to home in Coffee County. Wesley will be serving as the interim service coordinator for Pike County’s Extension office.

“It’s just a real good fit for me and a real good opportunity,” Lyons said. “I wanted thank y’all because y’all have been awesome, nothing short of it. It’s been a pleasure working with the commission.”

Commissioner Jimmy Barron said he was thankful for the service and job that Lyons had done during his time in Pike County.

“You’ve done an outstanding job throughout, and we’ll miss you,” Barron said.

Wesley said it was good to be back home in Pike County. “It’s good to be back home,” he said. “Hopefully, it’ll end up being permanent for me. This is where I want to be.”

County Engineer Russell Oliver also had good news for commissioners reporting that the Road Department had completed its first round of mowing for the summer. Oliver said the department hoped to resume mowing in mid-July.

“I appreciate what you guys have done,” said Ray Goodson, District 4.

Oliver also said the Road Department had begun taking applications for part-time positions within the department. “We’ll begin conducting interviews next week and hopefully by the next meeting I can come back with some recommendations for the position,” he said.

Oliver did say the Road Department had an equipment request, but since all commissioners were not present the item was forwarded onto the June 22 agenda.

In other business, the commission unanimously approved the list of Insolvents, Errors and Taxes in Litigation for 2014 and uncollected insolvents and taxes in litigation for previous years presented by Revenue Commissioner Curtis Blair. Commission Administrator Harry Sanders said the item was a regular agenda item for this time of year.

“This is a normal matter of business,” Sanders aid. “It’s the list of the taxes and litigation for the Revenue Commissioner’s Office.”

Commissioner Joey Jackson, District 6, filled in for Commission Chairman who was absent from the meeting due to surgery.

The next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be Monday, June 22 and commissioners will have five agenda items to carry over from Monday’s meeting including decisions to be made for repairs needed on County Road 1105, 3339 and 6000. Commissioners will also have an equipment request from the county engineer, request for a certified appraisal to the Rock Building from Barron, discussions on the jail roof repairing that is needed and their Wiregrass RC&D appointment.

The commission meets for a work session at 5:15 p.m. with the regular commission meeting following at 6 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Pike County Health Department.