The Scottsboro City Council put a down payment of $30,000 for a new storm shelter at its regular meeting Monday evening.

Council member Mike Ashburn asked about the location of the storm shelter, and Mayor Robin Shelton said it would be placed on the south end of the city. Shelton said a couple of property owners have come forward and offered property for the storm shelter, but he would like for a few of the council members to assist City Engineer Josh Little and Street Department Director Wayne Moore in finding a location. He said they need to make sure the shelter has utility access nearby.

Ashburn said the storm shelter is something that is really needed, and he hopes the council could put another one on the west end of the city in the near future. Council President Patrick Stewart said this new shelter is good for the city. He said it gives citizens peace of mind to know they can go somewhere safe in the event of severe weather. Stewart also said he would like to see storm shelters on all ends of the city. He also said the city could add on to the existing storms shelters in Scottsboro.

Shelton said Survive-A-Storm, the company they city uses to purchase shelters, has one that is already built. He said the city’s goal was to receive it and have it in place by March or the beginning of April, so it is in place in case of any bad weather.

Shelton also said the storm shelter by the Boys and Girls Club is complete.

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