Leachville siren installed

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Leachville's new siren is up and running. It is located at 2023 South Main Street, north of Helena Chemical, at the future site of the Leachville Fire Department substation. (Town Crier photo/Yvonne Hernandez)

A new tornado siren has been placed on the future site of Leachville's fire department substation, 2023 South Main, just north of Helena Chemical facility.

The new siren will be beneficial to residents in the latest annexation area along Highway 18.

The siren was purchased through two grants. Ruth Ann Keith, city treasurer/clerk, wrote a grant for $7,000 through the USDA, and Rebecca Clowers, city employee, wrote a GIF grant request in the amount of $10,000.

Keith said the siren is up and working. The siren will be tested at noon every third Friday, in all weather conditions.

The new siren gives the city three alarms.

"We want all of the citizens to be warned when there are storms near," Keith said.

She said Fire Chief Richie Pace and firefighter Drake Brown have been working on a grant for the substation.

The LIDC purchased the ground for the substation which was one of the first steps in the process.

"We had to get permission from the state for a culvert to be placed and a drive," Keith said. "Adams Land Co. has helped us with the dirt and site work. The fire department is moving forward in trying to get a grant for a new fire substation."

Keith said there are future plans to seek grant money for another tornado alarm to be placed east of town near where the former shoe factory is located.

"We have to wait until our turn comes up again for a grant," she said.

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