Council approves expenses for city storm shelter
by Daniel Gaddy
Jul 21, 2012 | 1651 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill City Council voted to move forward with a project to create a community storm shelter.

The measure approved the use of $5,796 in city funds to put toward the shelter. The rest of the project will be funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The total cost for the project, which will be located near Carbon Hill’s splash pad, is $77,786. The FEMA grant will pay for 75 percent of the costs, or $58,339. Though the City of Carbon Hill’s portion would be $19,447, city leaders can deduct the price of the land from that amount. That would leave them with $5,796 in cash or in-kind contributions to provide.

“I think it’s excellent,” said Council Member Jacque Allred. “I’m excited for our citizens.”

In other business, the council:

•Voted to allow City Clerk Kim Sides to enter into a contract with Alabama State University in order to correct discrepancies in the city’s voting lists. As an example of the type of discrepancies, Council Member Jacque Allred said the city’s lists had some couples who live in the same residence voting in different districts.

Council Member Scott Wright made the motion to approve the contract, saying the discrepancies were an issue in the last municipal election.

•Voted to draft a letter authorizing Police Chief Heath Allred to run for president of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police. Allred, who is already the organizations vice president, said he would not require any more time to hold the position.

•Voted to approve a part-time officer for the Carbon Hill Police Department.