Maintenance of community storm shelters was discussed at this week’s County Commission meeting.

About three or four years ago, the Commission discussed maintaining their own storm shelters. However, Chairman James Hutcheson said that there have been a few questions asked and he wanted to verify who maintains the shelters.

He said that there are some issues with a few of the shelters having rust even though they have equipment in the buildings that are supposed to help with that.

District 3 Commissioner David Kelley said that he used to have his shelters pressure washed until a few years ago when they passed the insurance liability rule. He does have it sprayed for bugs and swept every month, but it is in need of paint.

District 1 has three storm shelters; District 2 has five storm shelters; District 3 has three storm shelters and District 4 has two storm shelters.

District 2 Commissioner Rick Watson said that he would like shelter maintenance to come from the countywide fund. He does not mind sweeping them, but the other areas such as pressure washing and painting can become expensive. Watson knows that the shelers will need some maintenance.

EMA director Anita McBurnett was not present at the meeting so they decided to take this off the agenda and will discuss it at a later date.

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