It is all something that Sierra Madre needs to keep an eye on. Hopefully we would never have to go that route, but with only about 250 signatures needed here to get something like that on the ballot, it can be fairly easily done.
I know some people who would help.
More on the Very Loud Horn (VLH)
The other day somebody left the following comment here in The Tattler, along with an invitation to follow up:
Karol Ballard, who runs the Invasion of the Shoddy Blaster site, decided to check out that insurance angle (I was going to say claim) with City Hall. Here is how this quick two part e-mail exchange went:
The plot thickens.
Also, a horn that requires daily testing because of its storied antiquity might not be the best way to let folks know that they are all doomed and need to make some quick peace with their Creator. It certainly raises serious dependability questions. Why does it require daily testing? A modern alarm would at best only need to be tested once a week, thereby retaining its true emergency impact.
Modern siren technology would include both a battery option and solar power capacity. Things that would make it far more efficient in any power outage. The horn from days gone by requires a generator to work in an emergency. If all civilization is crumbling about our ears, who is going to get into their car to drive downtown to crank it up? And what if that key person was hit on the head by a falling two by four?
Also, is that generator tested daily, too? What if it doesn't work?
If the safety of this community really is the concern here, a siren that uses modern technology would be a much wiser move.
More news on this controversy as it comes our way.