- Cullman, Alabama

December 19, 2013

West Point gets storm shelters, officials establishing guidelines

By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times

WEST POINT — With West Point’s two community storm shelters delivered and now being readied for residents to take cover in bad weather, town officials want to devise guidelines for their use.

On Monday, the town council and Mayor Kenneth Kilgo discussed the need for rules for the two shelters, one of which is placed behind town hall near the playground and the other at the old Doris' Diner site located near Alabama Highway 157. Each shelter can accommodate 96 people. Previously, West Point’s only community shelter was town hall.

“We’ll need to post the rules out front so people can see them, and every member of the council and I will have a key to get in,” Kilgo said.

Town Attorney Dan Willingham said the town’s policy regarding the shelters should be included in a comprehensive safety plan, for example who all should have access.

 The estimated total cost for the shelter project is $210,000. With the county doing in-kind site prep work and federal hazardous mitigation funds covering a majority of the cost, Kilgo estimates the town's portion to be around $57,000.

In other business the West Point Town Council:

 Announced a barbecue chicken dinner to raise money for the West Point High School baseball team will be Jan. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. Plates with a half-chicken and sides will be $10. Orders should be placed before the event, but meals are carry out or eat in. For more information, call 256-339-7898.

 Discussed November finances. The town ended the month with about a $7,000 gain.

 Tabled discussion of an unbudgeted parks and recreation expense related to maintenance at ballfields until the January council meeting. A mid-fiscal year budget work session is set for 5 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. January council meeting.

 Discussed repairing a tornado siren so it can sound at full capacity.

 Discussed having county inmates help dismantle and load salvageable materials from the old fire station.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.