Resident asks Factoryville council to consider fire siren alternative

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | August 18th, 2015 2:28 pm

FACTORYVILLE — Riverside Drive resident Joe Krenetsky discussed his concerns to the borough council about the loud noise coming from the Factoryville Fire Co.’s siren at a meeting Aug. 10.

“In this day and age with technology that’s available, I think it’s a joke that council allows the abominable siren to continue to disturb the peace of this community,” he said. “I really sympathize with the people who live here. I don’t know what the decibel level is, but it must be quite high.”

Krenetsky mentioned that he tried to get information on how they use the siren to no avail. Mayor Gary Evans said that other municipalities in the area, such as Dalton, have a siren.

“We’re not much different than anybody else,” he said to Krenetsky.

Krenetsky replied, “I know that too, but I lived in a town in New Jersey, where we didn’t have it (siren) because all the emergency personnel had beepers. All I’m saying is that there’s a possibility it could be done without that noise.”

“It’s not within our realm…It’s up to the fire department to get finances available…,” said councilman Charles Wrobel.

In other business, grant writer Sadie Rozenburg said there is a grant open through DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) for storm water issues.

Rozenburg also announced that volunteers install playground equipment at the Christy Mathewson Park on Aug. 22. She said about 20 to 25 people are needed to install the equipment.

Also, Rozenburg announced that the Factoryville Borough Building will have a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 to discuss the events of the upcoming Christy Mathewson Day, which will be on Sept. 26. She said that the meeting is open to vendors and anyone else who wants to be involved in it.

“We’re going to have a pet show,” she said. “We’re going to have a talent show. We’re trying to get some new different things going on at Christy Mathewson Days.”

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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