APPLETON - In Outagamie County where they were hoping to avoid more severe weather, the sirens did go off last night.
Fifty mile per hour winds, heavy rain and hail hit some communities.
When tornadoes ripped through the Fox Valley earlier this month, the sirens didn't go off.
Emergency management officials say that's because there weren't any official warnings or tornado sightings.
The controversy has caused a rift between some county leaders.
The county has now picked Fox Valley Tech to review the storm response earlier this month.
However, one county board member claims he's been told not to do his own investigation.
County Public Safety Committee Chairman Jim Duncan says County Executive Tom Nelson and County Attorney Joe Guidote told him not to look into why sirens did not sound in the early morning hours of August 7.
"I told the executive I was going to look into the sirens and why they did not go off and I was told not to do that, not to bring them to light."
But Guidote says Duncan's claim is a misstatement.
"We didn't say that, we'd never say that."
Nelson's staff said the county executive was unavailable for comment. But Monday Nelson praised emergency management officials for their response to the storms.
"Outagamie County is blessed to have smart, dedicated law enforcement, first responders and emergency coordinators. Because of their service we count our community one of the safest in the nation."
Duncan says he wants at least some county employees who were in charge during the storm put on paid administrative leave during the independent review.
"I felt it is good for the protection of the individual and the work environment that is not necessarily good now that that happened."
Guidote would not say if anyone would be put on leave. He says experts from Fox Valley Technical College will begin the comprehensive review in the coming days.
"Certainly at the forefront will be why the sirens didn't go off, should they have gone off, when should they have gone off. Those are all questions that this panel will be looking at."
Questions that still linger as reminders of the powerful storm will be visible for some time to come.
County officials say there is no time table for the review to be completed or an estimate as to how much it will cost.
The county executive is responsible for handing out any discipline.
The issue could come up at an emergency management committee meeting next Wednesday.
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