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June 29, 2013

Stillwater firm seeks approval for storm shelter

STILLWATER, Okla. — With recent wild Oklahoma weather, Mpower Inc., is seeking approval from the Payne County Commission to build a storm shelter near its building in Stillwater.

Officials from Mpower Inc., 516 Expo Circle South, have asked permission from the county to build a 100-person storm shelter at the workshop. Mpower is not asking the county for any funding but for permission to build on county land. Mpower does not own the land where it wants to build the storm shelter.

Mpower Executive Director Amy Spiva will be at Monday’s Payne County Commission meeting to give the board more information about the project. The proposal was tabled at Thursday’s meeting because commissioners wanted to find out more specifics about the project.

Payne County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave.

Spiva said the county will not be funding any of the project and Mpower is working on getting permission from the county and securing the finances to build the shelter. She said there has been a secured bid with Kinnunen of Stillwater and Mpower is working with its foundation to find funding.

The building will be made of reinforced concrete and will have FEMA approved steel doors, Spiva said.

The reason Mpower is seeking to build a storm shelter is because there is not an emergency plan in place during inclement weather for the individuals Mpower serves, Spiva said. She said because of the Moore tornado, Mpower started thinking about its clients during a bad weather situation.

“Essentially in the light of recent bad weather, we started to think about our 126 clients,” Spiva said. “We are in a pre-fabricated building and really don’t have an emergency plan or a place to go during bad weather.”

Even though the building holds 100 individuals compared to the 126 clients Mpower has, Spiva said not all clients are there every day. She said a 100-person capacity storm shelter would hold the clients and staff present in the event of bad weather.

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