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Published: August 29, 2019


THE COLBERT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY HAS SUBMITTED A LETTER OF INTENT TO FEMA SEEKING HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT FUNDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STORM SHELTER IN SOUTHEAST SHEFFIELD. THE TIMES DAILY REPORTS, FIVE POSSIBLE LOCATIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AND THE COST FOR THE 45 PERSON CAPACITY SHELTER SHOULD BE AROUND 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS. FEMA WOULD PROVIDE 75 PERCENT OF THE FUNDING.  EMA DIRECTOR MICHAEL SMITH ADVISED THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SECURING THE MONEY AND THE PROJECT IS CONTINGENT ON AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY ON A LOCATION.  ACCORDING TO MAYOR IAN SANFORD, THE CITY HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A PROPERTY OWNER IN SOUTHEAST SHEFFIELD WHO MAY DONATE A LOT FOR THE SHELTER, BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN FINALIZED.