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Old siren tower comes down

By Judy Reed

The last remnant of the old siren tower was taken down Tuesday, leaving Cedar Springs library patrons free to wander on the library’s back lawn.

The siren tower, which stood behind the library for decades, may have been erected when the fire station was still on that property.  According to the Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, the siren was once used for fire calls as well as tornado warnings (and the noon whistle).

At one time it was hooked up to Kent County dispatch, but then later disconnected. So each time the siren went off, a firefighter had to go and trip the switch.

The siren tower was deemed unsafe in August 2009, and in March of this year, a new siren and tower was erected in North Park, just to the north of Oak Street. The city was able to purchase the new warning siren through a grant of $19,900.

The new siren is connected to Kent County Dispatch, and still blows the noon whistle, for $500 per year.

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