Hanover reviews siren map

Gerhardt (Geke) Kottke, center, presents the Hanover City Council with a check for $500 from the Hanover Athletic Association. The money has been designated for fire department equipment expenses. Left to right are councilors Chris Kauffman and Dave Malewicki, Kottke, Mayor Martin Waters, and John Vajda. The Hanover Athletic Association has been in existence since 1969. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

Gerhardt (Geke) Kottke, center, presents the Hanover City Council with a check for $500 from the Hanover Athletic Association. The money has been designated for fire department equipment expenses. Left to right are councilors Chris Kauffman and Dave Malewicki, Kottke, Mayor Martin Waters, and John Vajda. The Hanover Athletic Association has been in existence since 1969. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

Hanover staff reported that the city’s outdoor warning sirens are adequate and that there isn’t a need for more.

Councilor John Vajda had asked staff to check the siren coverage. There are two sirens, one in the eastern part of the city and one in the western part. There is also a siren at the fire hall that is not used as much because each of the other sirens covers the downtown area where the hall is located.

“These are outdoor sirens,” city administrator Bob Derus said. “Not meant to alert people in their homes.” But Derus noted there are smart phone apps that can alert all users in case of inclement weather wherever they might be.

The two Hanover sirens extend out 6,000 feet, covering most of the city.

“We’re covering 95 percent of the city very well,” Derus said.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED adding Brent Kress and Randy Baulder as probationary firefighters. There is now a total of 30 firefighters.

APPROVED the 2013 fee schedule. Most of the fees remained the same. Sewer and water maintenance fees went up 3 percent.

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