SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi — The city of Southaven is spending $2.66 million for a storm shelter will double as a community multipurpose facility.
The city board of aldermen on Tuesday awarded the contract to the lower bidder, Murphy and Sons Inc. of Southaven.
The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/16sWnd3 ) the shelter will be placed on U.S. Highway 51 near the Southaven Arena.
City Administrator Chris Wilson said the project timetable calls for completion by December, but added: "That will probably have to be pushed back because of weather."
The city began discussing the project more than five years ago after receiving a federal grant that will cover most of the cost. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are funding the project under a 95/5 federal-to-local match.
The city plans to use the facility as an emergency shelter during severe weather but having it available to host a variety of community events the rest of the time.
Wilson said seven bids were submitted for the project when bids were opened Jan. 28.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
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