EDWARDSVILLE — It’s all systems go for Code Red in Madison County.
The Madison County Board approved $56,250 Wednesday from the county’s general fund for a one-year contract with Emergency Communications Network of Ormond Beach, Fla., for the emergency notification system. The company is the only service provider for Code Red, which alerts users to weather warnings, evacuation notices, bioterrorism alerts, missing child reports and other emergency information.
County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said the program, now in its third year, helps residents of small towns that lack storm warning sirens.
“I would strongly urge more people to sign up for Code Red,” Dunstan said. “It’s a very good program.”
In an interview, Madison County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Mary Kate Brown said the weather warning component is the least expensive part of the contract. Much of the cost is allocated to a reverse 911 system, used recently when Bethalto lost its water supply.
“We were able to notify all of the residents on Bethalto water just with the click of a few buttons,” Brown said. “That’s a big asset as well.
“It’s not just the weather warning system; it’s a whole package deal,” she said.
Madison County residents can sign up for Code Red at www.mymadisoncountyema.com or by calling (618) 296-4478 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In other action, the board:
• Approved a resolution honoring the Alton Bucks men’s slow-pitch softball team. From 1971 to 1978, the team compiled a 603-189 record. It won 44 successive city league games from 1973-75, finished first four times in the Wood River league and took the St. Louis Super Classic league crown in 1976. The team’s accomplishments were recognized in an April 11 induction into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Former team member County Auditor Rick Faccin said teammates went on to be bankers, lawyers and other prominent professionals. Most of its members were from Alton and Wood River.
“They gave back to their community,” Faccin said.
• Approved a resolution to provide $51,060 from the matching tax fund to replace the sidewalk on College Avenue in Alton from Holman Street to Rock Springs Drive. The new sidewalk will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Construction is expected to begin in July 2016.
• Approved a resolution to provide $112,500 from the matching tax fund to resurface East Alton Avenue in East Alton from St. Louis Avenue to Picker Avenue. The project will include resurfacing existing pavement and sidewalk curb ramp upgrades.
• Approved a resolution to award a low bid of $322,447 to Taylor Roofing Inc. of Belleville for roof replacement at the Madison County Wood River Facility, 101 Edwardsville Road, Wood River.