By Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald
ODON — Odon residents will hopefully be alerted when bad weather strikes thanks to fundraising and a live remote broadcast with DeWayne Shake of Memories 107.9 WAMW-FM radio.
Shake will be broadcasting from Chuckles in Odon from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will have many prizes to give away to those who make a donation to help cover the cost of repairs and updates to the emergency warning siren. Some of the prizes include Indianapolis Indians tickets and tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month.
Fire Chief Bryan Jones said Odon’s emergency siren has been unoperational for about the last two months.
“The FCC regulates radio waves and a new law came into effect that said we had to narrow the radio bands. We had to update. When we did the updating we ended up with no communication between the county and Odon. We fixed one problem and then ended up with another one,” Jones said.
Paul Goss, Daviess County Emergency Management director, was able to obtain estimates on having the system repaired. A total of $2,000 is needed for the parts and labor to get the siren in working order again as well as for a one-year service agreement. Shake said any additional funds raised would go toward additional service agreements.
“We know how important emergency warnings are to the community when the weather gets bad,” said Dave Crooks, president of DLC Media, Inc. Crooks learned just last week that the Odon siren was not working and immediately starting thinking about what he and DLC Media could do to help with the situation.
“Funds for the fire department were cut almost in half,” said Shake. “The funds for the emergency siren come out of the fire department funds as a line item. The money just wasn’t there to fix the problem.”
Both Shake and Crooks said there has already been a great response from area businesses. “I think we will definitely meet our goal,” said Shake. “We’ve had several businesses really step up to help. Once people knew what was going on, I think they saw how important it was to have the siren operational.”
Both Crooks and Shake said they hope that businesses will challenge each other to raise the goal. Individuals wishing to donate to the fund can make checks payable to the Town of Odon and put siren fund on the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the Odon town hall.