“Individuals are reliant and they’re satisfied the sirens will save them,” Gamblin-Luig mentioned. “It’s a tough dialog to have.”
Gamblin-Luig, in an interview, mentioned an choice to changing or phasing them out might be to purchase a restricted variety of new ones to be positioned strategically in parks and different areas the place folks collect outside.
Gamblin-Luig, who has been with the emergency administration workplace since 2010, has been briefing aldermen and officers in Mayor Tishaura O. Jones’ new administration concerning the concern, together with interim Public Security Director Dan Isom.
“If substitute is the answer that’s chosen, we have to plan for that” in future years, Gamblin-Luig mentioned. “It is a massive expenditure.”
Gamblin-Luig spoke at a teleconference price range listening to held by the aldermanic Methods and Means Committee together with different officers in Isom’s division.
Isom, who talked at size about police points on the assembly, didn’t touch upon the warning sirens.
Gamblin-Luig lately stepped in for the company’s longtime head, Gary Christmann, who retired final month.
The present sirens had been put in in 1999. Earlier than that, metropolis officers mentioned solely 35 of 127 sirens in place beforehand had been nonetheless working and substitute elements weren’t even out there for the oldest ones.