County nets $1.54M in fed­eral funds for safe room

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By RYAN PHILLIPS ed­i­tor@starkvilledai­lynews.com

Ok­tibbeha County will soon see the com­pe­ti­tion of a new fed­er­ally-funded safe room to pro­tect res­i­dents from se­vere weather af­ter re­ceiv­ing $1.54 mil­lion from the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency to fin­ish the project.

The grant was an­nounced last week by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss.

The funds are pro­vided through the Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion Grant Pro­gram and will go to­ward the con­struc­tion of the sec­ond phase of the Ok­tibbeha County Safe Room at 607 Lynn Lane in Starkville.

The fa­cil­ity will be a 8,756-square-foot mono­lithic dome to be de­signed with 7,910 square feet of us­able space ca­pa­ble of serv­ing 1,600 stu­dents, staff and res­i­dents.

“I'm thank­ful the peo­ple of Starkville and Ok­tibbeha County will soon have a safe place to seek shel­ter,” Wicker said. “Storm shel­ters are es­sen­tial to en­sur­ing stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, and cit­i­zens are pro­tected from Mis­sis­sippi's un­pre­dictable and of­ten dan­ger­ous weather.”

FEMA is mak­ing $1.79 mil­lion avail­able over­all for the safe room project, which will cost $2.04 mil­lion to com­plete. This is com­bined with $242,802 in the Phase I de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing fund­ing awarded in De­cem­ber 2014.

The first phase of work in­cluded the

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