Bassett: No thanks on storm shelter

Bassett residents say they don't want to have a public storm shelter on private lands, and the only county-owned spot isn't ideal, either. Commissioners are considering the purchase of storm shelters in places of the county that lack such access.

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December 8, 2021 - 10:09 AM

Bassett’s Larry Crawford talks to county comissioners about their offer to put a storm shelter in his community. Public land isn’t available for such a shelter and private landowners don’t want the responsibility, Crawford said. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

Thanks, but no thanks.

That’s the message Bassett Mayor Larry Crawford had for commissioners when it came to the offer to put a storm shelter in his community.

Commissioners agreed to buy five shelters for Petrolia, Elsmore, Mildred and Savonburg (which would get two because it is divided by a railroad). They also want to put one near a neighborhood in northwest Iola, and considered buying another for Bassett.

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