Monday, July 31, 2017

Supervisors Discuss Placement of Storm Shelters

Storm Shelters currently located at temporary hospital
site on S. Church
The Winston County Supervisors received some good news today as they learned that the storm
shelters that had been located at the temporary hospital location on South Church Avenue can now be transferred to county ownership. There has been an ongoing issue with FEMA and MEMA as to the actual ownership of these four separate shelters.

 The county has plans to move the shelters that are rated for 35 people each to different locations across the county. Several tentative locations are under consideration dependent on the site's capability to bear the structure and community need. Tentative sites include Dean Park in the Center Ridge Community, the District 3 county barn, District 1 county barn and the Noxapater Fire Department in District 5.

The county now has to deal with the moving and the relocation of these 40,000-pound facilities. Taylor Machine Works has agreed to assist the county in the move. Supervisors are seeking to place the shelters on public land preferably around fire houses and county barns to help facilitate maintenance and the management of these facilities. A timeline for the move of storm shelters has not yet been determined.