Officials say old technology and the unavailability of parts have made the sirens obsolete.
The city of Oak Creek will replace aging tornado sirens at the Little League complex and near the intersection of Howell Avenue and Ryan Road. The Oak Creek Common Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $73,854 bid from the American Signal Corporation to replace both sirens. The money would come from funds the city gets from hosting the We Energies power plant. The sirens are about 20 years old, and old technology and unavailability of parts has made them obsolete, according to a report to council members. Officials say the sirens are a vital part of warning residents about severe storms and other emergency situations. The other siren in Oak Creek, at 2651 E. Ryan Road, was replaced last year.