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Third set of plans to be submitted for tornado shelter

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Expected to be built at Vine Grove fire station

By Amber Coulter

Plans to build a tornado shelter in Vine Grove have stalled over the last several months because of residents’ aesthetic opinions and money.

Officials hope a third design will get the project back on track.

Mayor Blake Proffitt told Vine Grove City Council members Monday during their monthly meeting that a third design is expected to be submitted to the city next week for a community tornado shelter.

The shelter is expected to be built at the Vine Grove Fire Department on Highland Avenue using a $600,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management and Protection Agency.

City officials thought construction might begin as soon as last spring after settling on preliminary drawings. The plan called for the building to be a concrete rectangle capable of withstanding winds as high as 250 mph and sheltering at least 400 with bathrooms and generators.

Residents near the site didn’t like the look of the building because of a drainage pipe.

Project requirements say the design must have approval from those residents before construction can begin, Proffitt said.

The next design city officials liked called for an underground shelter, but further research showed the cost would be beyond what the city could afford with the grant, he said.

Proffitt expects to receive another preliminary design next week and hopes it will be accepted by the city and its residents so construction can begin.

Work also has been complicated by a lot of runoff at the planned shelter site, so the design likely will include trenching to control the problem, he said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.