County step closer to community storm shelter
by JAMES PHILLIPS
Jul 17, 2012 | 1843 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker County’s first community storm shelter will be located in the Thach community.

The Walker County Commission approved a low bidder Monday morning, and David Edgil, the county’s engineer, said the project would move forward immediately. The low bid on the shelter, which can hold up to 100 people, was $73,420 from Thomasville, Ga.-based Survive-A-Storm Shelters. Commissioners also approved a storm shelter grant administrative contract for Lee Helms Associates for $4,868 to administer the grant, bringing the project total to $78,288. The local match, owed by the Thach community, is $19,572. Edgil said the property’s value, which has been assessed at $19,300, can help cover the match, leaving the community owing only $272.

“We can take care of that,” said Terry McCullar, chief of the Thach Volunteer Fire Department and organizer of the shelter. “We are so happy this is moving forward and we will have the county’s first community shelter here in Thach.”

Edgil said the county, via E-911 Director Roger Wilson, has applied for eight community shelters. Wilson said the shelters would be placed in Thach, Sumiton, Cordova (two locations), Oakman, Carbon Hill (two locations) and Parrish.

“We don’t have a timetable in place for any of the shelters, but each one will be a little different depending on the grant,” Wilson said.

In other action from the meeting, the commission:

•Passed a resolution and agreement to participate in the County Joint Bid Program’s Regional Debris Removal and Monitoring Services Joint Bid Project.

•Approved a Hazard Mitigation Grant Agreement for individual storm shelters.

•Approved paying $78.75 to subsidize lost compensation for the Board of Equalization.

•Approved an agreement between Walker County and the State of Alabama for a statewide public transportation project. Commissioners also authorized Chairman Bruce Hamrick to execute and file application with the Alabama Department of Transportation for a public transportation grant and authorized local matching funds for the frant.