New storm shelters for Eva delayed by a month

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Residents of a small community in Morgan County will have to wait longer than expected to get their safety from severe storms.

It’s because of a technicality in the bid process and county commissioners taking no chances with money.

Two large areas of healthy green grass in Eva won’t make it through the summer. They are the locations of where two storm shelters will be built.

“People really use them throughout the county, so it’s something that’s needed,” said Morgan County commission Chairman Ray Long.

He explained one shelter will be near a park off Eva Road, the other behind the medical building and fire department. But construction will be delayed by about a month due to a technicality in selecting a contractor to do the work.

“When the actual bids went out, they came back as three singles. One single in one place and two singles in another,” said Long. “That didn’t comply with what the actual grant called for. It called for a double.”

Long insisted it’s important to follow exactly what the grant calls for or otherwise there could be a financial problem. Right now, the shelters, valued at about $150,000 will be paid for with a matching grant. The state is picking up the match since Eva doesn’t have much financial capability.

“Really, it’s costing the town of Eva zero,” said Long.

Morgan County will provide the labor for installation.

The single shelter will accommodate about 100 people, the double shelter will hold about 200. For the 527 people who live in Eva, the shelters will provide safety that’s ultimately priceless.

The bid process was delayed by three weeks, but Long still expects construction to begin in June.

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