The city of Springville agreed to serve as a liaison between residents who request a storm shelter and the federal government, who will pay for them.

Though it is done on a case-by-case basis, Fire Chief Richard Harvey informed the council that there are certain federal guidelines that would allow private citizens to obtain Federal Emergency Management Association money to pay for a storm shelter. But the requests must be made through local governments.

The city’s council also agreed that it would look into applying for the same type of grant, but on a larger scale for a community shelter.

The grants are 75 percent paid for by the fed and the rest by the city or resident, depending on who applies.

Some towns, such as Riverside, have mixed use community centers and shelters, which can withstand winds of over 200 miles per hour.

The council agreed that such a structure would be useful in the future.

Though the actual grant approval and construction of such a center might be two or more years away, the council wanted to go ahead and have Chief Harvey work on the draft of the grant to send the state.

Financial Report

The city’s mid-year finances were again divulged to the public Monday:

Sales taxes, which account for 57 percent of the city’s budget, are holding as expected at 59 percent.

Court fines are up 8 percent and are up considerably, mainly due to increased enforcement outsourcing of fines collected to an outside company.

Ad valorem, business license fees and other such taxes are “down a bit” according to the report.

The fire department is below budget, as are the police and public works departments.

Gas taxes are $30,000 lower than expected.

Tobacco taxes are $23,000 lower than expected.

Though those are down, other financial upticks have the city 10 percent ahead of budget for the year, according to Chip Martin, who sits on the budget committee. “I anticipate we’ll come in pretty close to budget,” he told the council.

Other Actions:

A $227,990 construction contract for a downtown senior center was approved to Pelham Construction out of Pelham. The center will be built through grant money at no cost to the city.

The city will participate in this year’s Sales Tax Holiday weekend, resending local taxes so families can save money on back-to-school supplies.

$955 was approved to fix fencing at the city park.

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