Mayor offers assistance to storm victims in neighboring communities
by James Phillips
May 04, 2011 | 2591 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The town of Sipsey suffered extensive damage when a tornado slammed into it last Wednesday afternoon. Photo by: James Phillips
The town of Sipsey suffered extensive damage when a tornado slammed into it last Wednesday afternoon. Photo by: James Phillips
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SUMITON — Mayor Petey Ellis announced Tuesday during a meeting of the Sumiton City Council that the city is willing to do what it can to help victims of last week’s tornadoes.

The severe weather left many areas in Walker County devastated, but Sumiton suffered no major damage. Ellis said the city wants to reach out to its neighbors during their time of need.

“There is not much else that can be said about what has happened. It is terrible and it has disrupted just about everything that it could have disrupted,” he said. “Whatever we can do to help, we want to do it.”

Ellis asked that anyone with a need should make the city aware by calling Sumiton City Hall at 205-648-3261. The city opened its community center as a shelter the day after the storm, but Ellis said it has since been closed because it wasn’t needed.

“We’re here, and we want to help,” he said. “If other folks around the county will make us aware, we will do what we can.”

Debbie Hampton, the city’s park and recreation director, notified Council members that one of the city’s youth league coaches had lost his home in the storms. Hampton said the coach had two children playing for the city and they were in need of athletic cleats. She said another child affected by the storm also needed cleats and asked if she could purchase some.

“Just do it,” Ellis said.

In other action from the meeting:

•Ellis said city employees need to participate in a medical screening that could help reduce the cost of city workers’ health insurance premiums. Ellis said only seven employees participated during the last screening, and the city needs at least 30 percent participation to be eligible for a preferred status rating on its Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance.

•TD’s Outlet and Fine Furniture is celebrating its 25th year in the City of Sumiton May 10-14.

Ellis said the business is planning some special things for those days and wanted to invite anyone from the community to come by during that celebration time.