ARGO – The city was given the go-ahead from the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency to dismantle and remove a warning siren that was struck by lightning, Mayor Paul Jennings said Wednesday.

“There’s nothing to stop us from taking it down,” Jennings said.

He told the council that EMA Director Ellen Tanner suggested that the city check with its attorney before removing the warning siren.

Jennings said the city may need to put out a notice to residents within a two-mile radius of the siren that the city is removing the structure.

He said the tower was struck by lightning two months ago.

“It was a bad hit,” Jennings said, adding that people witnessed the strike.

“The lightning fried it,” Jennings said.

He told the council the outdoor warning tower was built in 1999 and is now outdated.

Jennings said the city spent $4,200 two years ago repairing the siren after lightning struck it, and it is not worth the city replacing or repairing the structure again.

“We’re trying to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Jennings said the council voted not to replace it.

He said most Argo residents have weather radios that warn them of an approaching storm.

“You can’t hear the (outdoor) siren inside your home, unless you live right next to it,” Jennings said.

The tower is near the intersection of U.S. 11 and Argo Margaret Road.

“We’re going to get some prices to have it removed,” Jennings told the council.

At Wednesday morning’s council meeting, Jennings also announced that the city is rescheduling the Mayor’s Breakfast to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19. He said two council members were going to be out of town when the breakfast was originally scheduled.

Jennings also announced that the city is holding a public hearing at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, to see if residents want the council to pursue drafting an animal ordinance for the city.

“We aren’t trying to ram anything down anybody’s throat,” he said. “I want the people who live in Argo to tell us what they want us to do.”

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