BUTLER TWP. — The Butler Township Trustees approved the purchase of one emergency warning siren on Monday, June 26. The vote was taken as part of a light agenda during the trustee’s regular meeting.
The sirens are part of the Department of Homeland Security grant program. Montgomery County was awarded $246,000. The county solicited bids for sirens with $21,069.92. Each jurisdiction will pay half which means the township share will be $10,534.96.
The siren will be installed at the Butler Township Government Center on Sudachi Drive.
Trustee Joe Flanagan voted against the purchase with Trustees Ken Betz and Mike Lang voting in favor.
When the sirens were first discussed in April, 2016, Flanagan argued that sirens, in today’s world, have little effect.
“This is World War II technology,” said Flanagan. “With today’s technology, they have lost effectiveness and their benefit is so minimal that they don’t deserve investment.”
The trustees unanimously approved two other items on the agenda.
The first authorizes Police Chief John Porter to purchase six portable thermal printers and needed equipment for installation on police cruisers. The purchase of $4,592.50 will be from three vendors – Brite Computers, K.E. Rose, and Micro Format, Inc.
The other item approved was the re-purposing of a computer that was replaced earlier this year. It will now be used for cemetery software.
Finally, Mike Thein was sworn into office as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The trustees will hold their next regular business meeting on Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
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