Delaware News

Sunbury urges residents: Get weather alerts via phone


Sunbury's new storm siren is still under construction, but village administrators this week advised residents to sign up for Delaware County's Code Red program to receive weather alerts at any hour of the day.

Code Red is a high-speed telephone alert system that sends storm-warning notices to cellphones.

The new siren is designed to alert people who may be outside during the day, but is not designed to wake someone during a storm at night, Sunbury leaders said at the Wednesday, March 19, meeting of Village Council.

Though both systems will be tied into the county's 911 system, the siren's volume won't seem as loud as a nearby phone, officials said.

"We want to encourage as many people as we can to register with Code Red as opposed to sitting around to see if they ever hear a siren," said Dave Martin, village administrator.

Also at last week's meeting, council:

* Extended its contract on an abandoned property at Cherry and South Columbus streets. The contract is extended for 90 days as administrators conduct inspections before taking action on the property.

* Heard a third reading and voted to approve an ordinance to amend pay ranges for village employees. The one part-time and six full-time village employees will receive 3 percent pay raises across the board, Martin said.

He added the last pay raise for village employees was in 2009 and said the raises were not performance-based. The raises will go into effect April 18.

* Approved amendments or changes to tax regulations and heard taxpayer appeals. Brehm said it had been years since the village adjusted tax regulations.

Sunbury Village Council next meets at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Town Hall, 9 E. Granville St.