COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL ACCEPTED THE LOW BID FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW WATER TANK AT THE EAST ARMUCHEE COMMUNITY CENTER AND FIRE HALL. THE BID WENT TO PREFERRED TANK FOR 92-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  DAVID ASHBURN SAID THE TANK WAS A STATE REQUIREMENT TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY CENTER’S FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEM.  THE 40,000 GALLON TANK WILL ALSO ASSIST IN ONE OF THE CENTER’S ROLES… AS AN EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR THE COMMUNITY. 

ASHBURN SAID THE ARMUCHEE CENTER WILL BE THE ONLY SITE WITH IT’S OWN WATER, GENERATOR, KITCHEN FACILITIES AND SEPTIC SYSTEM… SO IT WILL BE THE COUNTY’S ONLY SELF-SUFFICENT SHELTER, IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.  WHILE THE TANK WILL NOT BE PART OF A FUTURE PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM FOR THE ARMUCHEE VALLEY… WORK CONTINUES ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES THAT SHOULD "PAVE THE WAY" FOR FEDERAL FUNDING OF THAT PROJECT IN THE FUTURE, THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

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