Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Got my city of
Early Warning Weather Sirens Soon to be Activated in
With an exclamation point even! As if we are supposed to celebrate!
After years of debate, warning sirens for
Weather Warning Sirens became a hot topic last spring when Channel 12 did a tornado warning story that included the fact that
Now in 2009-2010 we have citizens asking why so many in
I wrote in response:
I sincerely appreciate this thoughtful e-mail from the Chief. Most people know my complete support for law enforcement, including our firefighters. During last year’s city budget deliberations, while others were supporting cuts, I was advocating for keeping the current level of police and fire services.
I don’t doubt the chief when he says he’s heard from many residents that want tornado warning sirens. We need to be reasonable and fair. If someone was to inform the average
However, the issue is not that simple. There are other factors to consider including cost, affordability, our current budget status, future revenue, necessity. How about siting? Do we even know where they will be placed?
What about competitive bids? Are we going to hear a single glowing presentation by just one firm and then vote aye or no? Apparently. That’s not good business or common sense.
Just because one is opposed to the sirens doesn’t mean the individual is soft on public safety.
The fact is,
Every local TV station in town.
Cable and Satellite TV, including various weather channels.
Every radio station in town.
The National Weather Service.
I suspect, however, that when the dust settles,
During a Common Council meeting, Alderman Steve Olson said:
"I'm going to make this statement, (and) I'm sorry if it offends people: I don't need the government to tell me when to come out of the rain. Just because we have the cash doesn't mean we have to spend it."
“I was at the Franklin Little League Field last summer and there were no less than 5 people with Blackberries and Smartphones checking the weather when the sky turned dark.
The point being, given the level of technology at our fingertips and the saturation of weather on TV news, we all have no excuse for taking responsibility for our own safety and well-being! It's like the people who sue the tobacco companies for their addiction to cigarettes or those who sue fast food restaurants because they are fat.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF!”
Some insightful readers to FranklinNOW.com also weighed in:
“And if you can afford property taxes in
“Who would pay for these sirens? As a tax payer with ready to burst taxes in
The Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management reports that between 1982 and 2008, there were 4 tornado events in
Rusty Kapela of the National Weather Service in Sullivan provided me the following details on those four tornadoes:
May 24, 1989 F0 ...just a brief spin-up in far northwest corner of
Mar 8, 2000 F1 ...spun up at Mitchell Field and moved northeast into St. Francis $4.6 M estimated damage, path length of 1.7 miles
July 2000 F1 ...5.4 miles southwest of Mitchell Field spin-up location (near I-94 and Ryan Rd intersection)...and it moved ESE into northern Racine County. Several homes damaged, and some power-poles/lines...totaling about $1.5M (estimated) in damage.
In June, I blogged that Emily Laidlaw, associate scientist for the Societal Impacts Program at the
In the end, the tax and spend mentality at City Hall prevailed, as it normally does.
Read where those sirens will be located.
Finally, a comment on one of my blogs from fellow blogger, dad29:
“Boy-who-cried-wolf syndrome to follow.”
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5) CHEAP WEATHER RADIOS-NO/ EXPENSIVE SIRENS- YES
6) THE DREXEL INTERCHANGE
7) FRANKLIN'S FLOWER TAX
8) IT'S DEJA VU FOR FRANKLIN FOOTBALL
9) DOES FRANKLIN NEED/WANT A FULL-TIME MAYOR?
10)NPR IN BIG TROUBLE....THE LOCAL ANGLE