Brevard residents call for severe weather siren's fix before hurricane season
City officials say siren has been broken for 5 years
As hurricane season approaches, some residents in Melbourne Beach are demanding that city officials fix the town’s only severe weather siren.
The last time the siren went off, warning people of dangerous conditions ahead, was five years ago, according to city officials.
"It’s pretty important to be able to take cover, you've been seeing the bad weather that’s on TV, now all over the country, and sometimes you don't have a lot of time,” said Ruth Zisko of Melbourne Beach.
On Wednesday, residents voiced their concerns about the dead siren at a special town meeting.
"If the city's got the funds to fix it, they should have fixed it a long time ago, and if they don't, they need to figure out how to fix it,” said Mike Gonzalez.
Town Manager Bill Hoskovec says the city hasn’t had the money to fix the siren.
"We couldn't fund the lifeguards for the last two years for the same reason, money is tight, and we're finally seeing an upswing in the economy and these are things we're going to address now,” he said.
Hoskovec says it will cost about $5,000 to get the siren working again.
But Zisko says the money should have been spent a long time ago.
"It appears that the commission is in some disarray, and rather than focus on their personal problems perhaps they should take care of the people,” she said.
City officials say they are currently putting together their 2014 budget, where they say they will set aside money to fix the siren.