The system can also be used to warn residents of other emergencies, such as school lock downs, missing children, chemical spills and even boil water advisories. There would be ho cost to residents to list their choice of warning through their cell phone, land line, text massage or e-mail. To enroll, a person would call Code Red, give their name and address and phone number.
Charlestown lost its warning system that was attached to the 75-year-old city water tower when the city demolished the tower and sold it for scrap. The city of Charlestown collected local option income tax funds that are designated for police and fire departments. Since the city doesn’t have a fire department they don’t share those funds with the fire district.
County Commissioner Jack Coffman who was in attendance was asked to look into the ordinance to see if it could be amended to include all fire departments. Code Red representative Kurt Steier gave the board and estimated cost, however it did not include the entire district.
Board chairman Bill Resch ask that the item be tabled until Aug. 1 meeting to give Steier time to give the board a firm price. Anyone wanting to know more about Code Red warning system should attend that 7 p.m. meeting at the Charlestown Library, 51 Clark Road, Charlestown.
— Harold Goodlett, Charlestown