BY BOB LOGAN
FRANKLIN GROVE —The newly installed Early Warning System for the Village of Franklin Grove was scheduled for its maiden test on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The eleven o’clock hour came and the alarm did not go off as expected.
Early Warning System Committee Chairman Scott Spangler and committee member were at the siren pole along with electrician Don Knight of Dixon who installed the system when the test began. The pole was set right, the siren was set right, the controller was connected properly, all notices had been provided to the community, and the test button was pushed, and nothing happened.
The loud and obnoxious reverberating sound meant to warn citizens of approaching danger failed to activate. An override to check the siren proved there was no problem there, and the problem was identified to be a short in the new programmed circuit board. The over ride initiated sound from the siren assured that the warning would be transmitted the expected warning distance to the outskirt of the village.
When Mayor Robert Logan arrived on the scene and was told why the test failed to produce the expected results, his only comment was, “That’s why we test them!”
The distributor of the controller was contacted for assistance when the siren failed to activate and said a new controller with appropriate programming would be sent out Monday.
Following reinstallation of the controller, a new test date will be set and residents and businesses will be notified to let them know when the siren will be tested again.