Town requires subdivisions to test equipment each year
All gated communities in Weddington will have to get their equipment tested each year and submit that information to the town. During their Monday, Sept. 12 meeting, the town council approved a change to their ordinance, requiring that emergency equipment be tested for each gate, to guarantee police and fire departments have access. Each of the communities with gates in Weddington use a special device that recognizes the siren from a fire engine and automatically opens, to allow them access. For sheriff’s deputies, there’s a special code to punch in.
“We’re now requiring the homeowners associations to perform an annual inspection and send those results to town hall,” Weddington Planner Jordan Cook said. “We just want to make sure everybody has the access code.”
Council member Werner Thomisser said it’s a problem he recently became aware of, after running into problems in his own subdivision.
“We do have an emergency gate (and) I’ve found it doesn’t work all the time,” Thomisser said. “Now we have a company come out and test it. You never know when it’s working and when it’s not.”
Fire departments especially need the device to work, because Providence is the only fire station with a remote that opens up the Weddington doors. Wesley Chapel doesn’t have a way to open the gates if the emergency equipment failed.
“We ask that our equipment be tested periodically,” Stratford on Providence homeowners’ association president Barbara Harrison said. “For police, we give a code. For fire, just a yelp.”
Council members asked staff to notify each homeowners association of the change, which takes effect immediately.
Thomisser said the council just wanted to make sure people were protected and that emergency services had the access they need for quick response times.