Three new tornado sirens will be installed in Wellington in coming months with the goal of being ready in time for the Lorain County Fair.
“We talked about this for a long time, then it kind of fell off the table,” said mayor Hans Schneider.
When village council opted against installation of an LED sign to promote local events and messages, Schneider said he directed village manager Steve Pyles to look into tornado sirens instead.
The proposed cost of the new sirens and their installation is just $26,000. This will be covered by the village, as current income in Wellington is too high for a U.S. Department of Agriculture funded grant.
“We have the money to do it but you can’t put a price tag on safety,” said Schneider. “If we can hit all areas of the village at that price, it’s a great thing to do. Safety for our residents is always a top priority.”
Schneider and council listed at-risk areas at a May 16 meeting. These included the new McCormick Middle School, the fairgrounds, and Wellington Community Park.
Possible installation spots will be at the park and along Main St. at the corners of Maple and Kent.
“This village has expanded in different directions,” said Schneider. “Our sirens still reach the parts of town they’ve always reached. In the further corners, though, it’s not where we want it.”
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The new McCormick Middle School is seen as an at-risk site for Wellington’s current tornado siren system, prompting the purchase of more sirens.