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Homeowners alarmed about siren location

PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- A group of worried homeowners want to send out an alert about a potentially noisy neighbor.

Everyone has heard those warning sirens that signal tornadoes or serious storms.  They're loud, powerful and can be a life saver.  But what about right next to a house?

That was exactly what had a group of homeowners in Pierce Township concerned.  The homes of Royal Troon sit between Legendary Run and Turnberry.  Things in the quiet neighborhood could get a lot louder if Pierce Township officials decide to put a powerful warning siren where a sewage pumping station now sits.

The head of the homeowners association, Jackie Renner, told Local 12, "We believe in sirens and towers for safety but we do not believe we need the fourth one right here when we can hear three already."

The proposed siren will be one of the big ones and it would be mounted on a pole.  Township officials said they have three sirens they need to place as soon as possible to complete the township coverage.  And they are looking at some alternatives.

Township administrator Tim Hershner explained, "These are circles where the sound is sufficient enough.  So let's try and locate the circles where we get the best coverage in the township and say, cover up as much of that white area as possible."

The problem was at one site, there were a multiple houses less than one hundred feet away.  And homeowners said it was unnecessary.

Homeowner Linda Reasoner told Local 12, "I spend more time inside than outside.  And I have my television that tells me things are happening."

Homeowners also said they were concerned about the impact the siren would have on property values.

Jackie Renner ran the numbers, "10 percent value minimum loss.  And let's say these homes are valued at $300,000.  That could be $30,000 times, let's say, 200 homes.  Can Clermont County and Pierce Township afford that?"

According to the administrator though, "Our bottom line is wherever the sirens need to go is where they're gonna go.  Nobody wants one in their backyard but wherever they need to go is where they need to go for safety reasons."

According to the Pierce Township blog, there are already nine warning sirens in the township that cover the area reasonably well, just not well enough.  Township officials said they'd like to have the final three installed by winter.

Township officials said the disputed site has everything they need for the siren including power.  The homeowners said if it was selected they plan to counter by organizing to block a proposed fire levy.

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