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Storm shelter will be located at Collins Chapel as planned

Plans to eventually install a storm shelter in the Collins Chapel community are back on track.

After requesting that a shelter planned for Collins Chapel Fire Department be located elsewhere, Chief Shawn Carlisle and the Chilton County Commissioners worked through the plan at Monday’s regular meeting of the Commission and left on the same page, according to county Administrator Connie Powell.

Commissioners previously approved a plan recently for the installation of seven new storm shelters across the county, including one at Collins Chapel Fire Department.

But Carlisle emailed Powell, requesting that the shelter be located somewhere other than the fire department.

Carlisle wrote in the email that the department does not have the “property nor the manpower to man the shelter.”

“We feel as if another location that has enough people to commit to the operation of the shelter would best benefit the community,” Carlisle wrote.

Chilton County Commission Chairman Allen Caton said options other than the fire department would be limited because an arrangement to have the shelter on private property would be unlikely.

The agenda for the May 23 Commission meeting included a recommendation to relocate the planned shelter to the New Convert community, following New Convert residents petitioning the county for a shelter.

Caton requested that the matter be tabled so that Commissioners could seek input from Collins Chapel residents.

Many residents contacted Commissioners and attended Monday’s meeting in support of the shelter being located at the fire department.

Carlisle said he did want the shelter located in the community but was concerned about the location and the staff required to man the shelter.

Two residents in the area that were present at Monday’s meeting said they would be willing to help man the shelter.

Other locations for storm shelters under the county’s plan include Cedar Grove, Enterprise, Enterprise No. 2, Gap of the Mountain No. 2, Union Grove and West Chilton No. 2 fire stations.

In other business Monday, the Commission:

•Approved a retail alcohol license for Land Mart in Jemison, after no one voiced opposition during a public hearing.

•Heard complaints about several roads near Lake Mitchell, including county roads 741, 742, 194, 192 and 199.

•Declared October as Chilton Month of Animal Compassion after being addressed by representatives of the Chilton County Humane Society.

•Gave plat approval for Flores Subdivision, which will include single-family residential homes off Alabama Highway 155.

•Learned that the Chilton County Emergency Management Agency will receive some additional funding, including $10,673 for Fiscal Year 2015 and $929 for Fiscal Year 2016.

•Scheduled a work session for June 27, following the regular meeting that day which will begin at 8 a.m., to discuss appraisal plans for the upcoming year with the revenue commissioner.