Madison County Commission awards bid for two public storm shelters

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Two storm shelters are coming to Madison County -- and they will be the first in the county not run by a school, church, or community group.

District 3 Commissioner Eddie Sisk requested a storm shelter in his jurisdiction. At that point, District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones also requested a shelter, but did not have a predetermined location for it.

County officials put out a bid for construction for District 3, as well as an additional, identical shelter for District 1, to be placed in a later-identified location.

Wednesday, the Commission awarded the contract to Supercell.  The county will pay the company a total of $179,800 for both shelters.

District 3's shelter is funded by grants, but Jones says District 1 will have to deal with a 'leaner budget' to fund theirs.

The shelter in District 1 will be in the Moores Mill area and Jones says it will be operated by the Moores Mill Volunteer Fire Department.