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Building Manager on 2nd Avenue in Clarion Asks Council to Move Fire Whistle to Cemetery

Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

Clarion Fire Whistle at 2nd and MerleCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A local building manager is asking the Clarion Borough Council if it might be possible to move a fire whistle located on Merle Road near Second Avenue.

(Photo: The fire whistle on Merle Road that sits directly next to the building on 22 2nd Avenue)

Linda Traub, who manages the old Coca-Cola plant at 22 2nd Avenue, wrote a letter to council asking them to consider moving the whistle from the 22 Second Avenue building area to the cemetery area on Second Avenue.

“I manage the rental commercial building at 22 2nd Avenue in Clarion,” Traub wrote. “I also manage some residential rentals in that immediate area.”

Traub said she is currently between renters at the 22 2nd Avenue buildings and thought this would be a good time to address the concern about the fire whistle, a concern she said that is also shared with the local neighbors.

“The fire whistle attached to my building (it’s actually on a pole immediately next to the building) is extremely (she underlined extremely in the letter) loud,” Traub wrote. “The first potential renter I had during this vacancy was a daycare. I immediately said that wouldn’t work. If children were outside when this went off, it would cause lots of tears I am sure.”

Traub acknowledged in the letter that the fire whistle has been in the same spot for at least 20 years (most likely much longer) saying she has managed the property since the late 1990s and that the whistle has been there the entire time. But, she would like the council to consider moving it.

“Someone mentioned to me that a good location would be on a high pole, maybe in the area of the cemetery on 2nd Avenue,” Traub wrote. “If it was placed higher up, I understand it wouldn’t be so loud. My building renters and local neighbors have dealt with this a long time and would love to see it leave.”

After being read the letter at Tuesday’s council meeting, council member Brenda Sanders-DeDe quipped that if the siren was moved to the cemetery area, it could then wake the dead.

The council decided to refer the letter to its Public Safety Committee for review.

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