By ERIC SCHAADT
NORTH BALTIMORE — Safety issues consumed much of North Baltimore Council’s time Tuesday, including the effectiveness of the village’s tornado warning sirens.
For months, council has discussed concerns that weather sirens cannot be heard in some parts of the village, especially the western portion.
Wind direction can affect the effectiveness of the sirens, according to village officials. Adding a siren has been discussed by council.
On Tuesday, information was presented about a communication system that could alert residents of bad weather via cellphones, email or similar methods.
Council will continue the discussion during a future informal committee-of-the-whole session.
In other matters, Village Council wanted more information about the number of emergency runs handled by the village rescue services. The request was prompted by an apparent discrepancy concerning the number of missed ambulance runs recently.
A report stated there was one missed run, but some council members insisted there have been more.
“Sometimes the numbers don’t add up,” Councilman Bill Cameron said.
Separately, Charles King was added as a part-time police officer. He was sworn in Tuesday.
Also, Village Administrator Kathy Healy told council that six applications have been received so far for the position of interim emergency medical service chief.
Separately, Councilman Cameron urged that leaks in the fire hall not be neglected.
“I want this kept on the front burner,” Cameron said. Snow has delayed the work.
Also, council renewed its agreement with Wood County Emergency Management Agency for two years.
In other business, council agreed to seek bids for this season’s street and alley paving.
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