June 24, 2021 Update from the Mayor
Post Storm Update from Public Works
The City fared well by comparison with Monday mornings storm. From approx. 12am until mid-morning Com Ed had multiple outages throughout town with 984 customers without service. No critical facilities lost power. Several large trees took out some power lines in the 9200 block of 84th Avenue rear yard. Power was restored to all our residents by Tuesday morning. Most of the town received minor tree damage. Public Works has been working to clean up the brush stacked up by residents cleaning up their yards and removing any fallen trees.
Tornado Sirens in City
In response to the storm, a resident inquired about our tornado/inclement weather siren system. Below is a summary that Chief Hobart provided me that I hope you find informative.
The sirens are set off manually by one of three locations, the Hickory Hills Police Department, the Roberts Park Fire Department or Oak Lawn Dispatch. Oak Lawn dispatch sets off the area sirens when a tornado warning is issued for the area. The sirens can be activated for other emergencies also but the need outside of a severe storm or tornado warning is rare. An example would be when a funnel cloud was spotted over Lagrange Road years ago during a mild storm and our police chief had Hickory dispatch activate the siren.
The sirens are checked every year by a siren company and they are powered by a bank of batteries at each location. Obviously the batteries are needed because storms knock out ComEd power regularly. The City replaces the batteries when needed.
The State of Illinois has a page on it with some general info: Outdoor Warning Sirens – Plan and Prepare (illinois.gov)
Pace Suburban Bus Updates
Pace has lifted capacity restrictions on its vehicles, however, masks are still required on-board Pace vehicles as long as the Federal mask mandate for public transportation remains in effect.
ADA Paratransit Riders: As a reminder, riders also have the option of utilizing Pace’s Taxi Access Program (TAP) for trips originating in Chicago. When riding, regardless of your vaccination status, please continue to wear a mask, limit interaction with the driver, and travel with a PCA if you need assistance while traveling.
For more information about Pace’s COVID-19 response, please visit PaceBus.com/Health
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