Louisville awarded Storm Ready

From press and staff reports

Louisville joins 24 counties, 15 other communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady across the state after the Oct. 16 Louisville Board of Aldermen meeting. Winston County Emergency Management Director Buddy King and E911 Coordinator Vera McCarty noted the achievement to the Louisville Board of Aldermen.

“This is a very significant recognition and did not cost the county or city any additional funds,” said King. “This is pure employee initiative. This recognizes good employees who are willing to work toward this. This is something to be very proud of and proud of the people in your employ.”

StormReady is a nationwide program of the NWS that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations.

“We are certified for another 3 years,” said McCarty.

“Achieving the StormReady designation demonstrates that we’ve implemented the tools to get needed information to the public during serious weather events.” King added.

To be recognized as StormReady, a community must: Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center. Have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public. Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally. Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars. Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

There were 1,968 StormReady sites across 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam as of Sept. 24, according to NWS.

McCarty also reported on the new E911 system which went live Oct. 17 and according to McCarty should speed up the call processing system. King also noted that a test of the sirens and emergency system would be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 for tornadoes.

In other business, the aldermen: • Approved Barbara Yarbrough be named deputy director of Animal Control and receive a cell phone allowance. Animal control was also approved to hire a part time fill in person when Yarbrough was out. The animal control building is open from 8a.m.until noon each day. Animal control does remain a 24-hour service. Yarbrough can be contacted at 705-0398. • Approved 102 Thompson Street be removed from unclean property list. “They are working on it and it is clean and safe as of now,” said code enforcement officer Jody Fulton. • approved fire truck payment of $22,312.54 with 8 more payments to go. • Approved Municipal court clerk attendance at conference in November. • Approved two Police training events for 4 officers. • Approved cell phone allowance for public works employees instead of purchasing new radios since old ones nolonger worked. • Approved payment of $53,200 to Calvert Spradling for work on Transload Facility with funds coming from CDBG and TVA. The city is not out a dime on the Transload facility and we are providing a valuable service to area companies which may help them expand according to Mayor Will Hill. • Fulton noted he would provide information on a rental property ordinance by the next regular meeting which will be Nov. 6. • Discussed the upcoming traffic count by MDOT for some areas. • Discussed the possibility of Jake’s Recycling fulfilling the land swap and move arranged with the city. •Discussed the used of the bonds to make street repairs noting the money was on deposit but needed to examine fuel and other prices affecting the projects. “We want to be good stewards of the money and spend wisely,” said Mayor Hill. •Discussed the Mayor’s Youth Council with over 50 plus children signed up. • Discussed the Mayors of Kosciusko, Louisville, Carthage and Philadelphia meeting for over a year about forming an alliance for the purpose of economic gain and political strength for the four respective counties. On September 11, 2012, the group met with representatives of each county to present a plan of alliance. The group set an October 25 meeting at 6 p.m. at the Rustic Kitchen to discuss the process and benefits of an Alliance between the four counties. • Discussed an Oct. 29 event to examine the leakage of sales dollars to areas outside the county. • Discussed the sales taxes received by the city in 2012 versus 2011.