Twp. board agrees to share costs for emergency siren

FLINT TWP. — The township Board has agreed to participate in a cost-sharing agreement with three other townships to pursue a grant for an Early Warning Siren to serve the west side of the township.

The application for a Homeland Security Grant is being spearheaded by Clayton Township which solicited support from neighboring townships that would benefit from the siren.

Mt. Morris Township and Flushing Township also are being asked to participate.

The final cost per township is not indicated Clayton Township officials stated that it will request up to $21,000 of available $79,932 Homeland Security Funds. Clayton Township also agreed to pro- vide the upfront costs, according to a proposal letter draft from Clayton Township Supervisor Chris Gehringer directed to the Genesee County Emergency Management Manager Jennifer Boyer.

The proposed siren would be strategically located within the Clayton Township boundaries on its northeast border on the south side of Potter Road about one-fourth mile west of Elms Road.

That placement makes it effective for all participating townships.

Flint Township Fire Chief John Ringwelski said the siren’s range is about a one mile radius. Flint Township already has 11 Early Warning sirens but none serving the proposed area.

Clayton Township has two Early Warning Sirens — one on the southern border and one centrally located near its fire department.

No information was provided about existing Early Warning Sirens in Flushing and Mt. Morris townships.

Clayton’s application draft stressed that residential growth over the past 25 years has increased the need for more Early Warning Sirens to protect the welfare of its citizenry.

About 5,306 men, women and children live within a one-mile radius of the proposed location, according to data from the 2010 Genesee County Census being cited by Clayton Township.

Clayton’s documentation also noted that during severe flooding in May 2012, which impacted all four communities, residents in this area received no early warning because of the lack of a siren within range.

Historically it has been shown that Early Warning Sirens save lives by allowing residents time to seek safe shelter, the proposal letter stated.

Without the Homeland Security grant, Clayton Township would not be able to afford the siren and is seeking to reduce the financial burden by sharing the costs with neighboring communities.

Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that Clayton Township brought the idea to the others and has agreed to put up initial funding to pay for equipment installation.

“I think this is a good move and I am pleased that he (Gehringer) is doing a cooperative grant application,” Miller said.

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