“But not soon enough for tonight?” Councilmember Susan Bryant said joking. With the Feb. 5 meeting beginning at the usual time of 6 p.m. and finishing after about eight minutes, the council was able to finish about 50 minutes before most people throughout Cadiz and Trigg County lost electricity. The Trigg County Fiscal Court, meeting at 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex down the street, conducted most of its meeting in the dark as last Tuesday’s storm rolled through the area.
As of Monday, the storm siren had not arrived, but Fowler said he was expecting the shipment any day now. He said the siren model was a Vortex R4, which cost $12, 625 and was purchased from Jackson Purchase Two Way Radio, Inc. in Paducah.
Fowler said the city had started talking about ordering a storm warning siren after the Kansas tornadoes of May 2007. He said the majority of the funding for the siren will be paid for through a Pennyrile Area Development District grant for $9,222.24. He said that PADD will reimburse the city for that amount. The siren will be installed on a telephone pole on Midway Street right behind the Minit Mart, Fowler said. He said the last siren was on top of the Cadiz fire station in the late 1980s when it was still located downtown. In its new location, the storm will likely be heard by more people, Fowler said. While it can be used for several types of emergencies, it is intended mostly for severe thunderstorms.
Police Chief Hollis Alexander gave his monthly report for the Cadiz Police Department. He said police had opened 63 criminal cases in January, which was 15 fewer than in December and 16 more than in January 2007. Fifty-four of the 63 cases were closed, making a clearance rate of 85.7 percent, Alexander said. He also said that three out of a total of five felony cases had been closed. Nineteen people were arrested in January, which Alexander said was four more than in December and three more than January 2007.
In the “comments from council” portion of the meeting, Councilmember Bob Noel asked what was happening with the Main Street house on the eastern part of town that burned several months ago and has not yet been torn down. Alexander said that heard that the insurance had been settled but that the estate had not.
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