Bid for Thach storm shelter rescinded
by James Phillips
Aug 21, 2012 | 2050 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A bid for a community storm shelter in the Thach area approved last month by the Walker County Commission was rescinded by commissioners Monday morning.

Survive-A-Storm Shelters, a Thomasville, Ga.-based company, had been awarded the shelter bid in the amount of $73,420. Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick said the bid had to be rescinded because certain specifications mandated by the state were not on the original bid sheet drawn up by the county.

“There were certain guidelines from the state that we needed in there,” Hamrick said. “From what I’ve been hearing, this has been a problem statewide. I recently spoke to a representative from one county that had to draw up their bid sheet again. They’ve been trying to get their funding for a year.”

Hamrick said the county will solicit bids again once the bid sheet is revised.

“We hope to send out for bids again soon,” he said. “Once we get this first bid, it can be used for all the future shelters we have planned.”

Eight community shelters are planned across the county. E-911 Director Roger Wilson said in July shelters will be placed in Thach, Sumiton, Cordova (two locations), Oakman, Carbon Hill (two locations) and Parrish.

In other action, the commission:

•Approved an annual contract with S&W MiniComputers of Hueytown for software maintenance on county computers.

•Approved vacating a portion of Dilworth Bend Road. District 4 Commissioner Randy Bridges said a 400-foot unpaved area at the end of the road will be vacated by the county.

•Approved Hazard Mitigation Grants for a total of 42 individual storm shelters for area residents.

•Proclaimed Oct. 21-27 as Pro Bono Week 2012.