Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez address the Redstone community at the monthly Facebook Live town hall last Thursday at the Java Cafe.
Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez address the Redstone community at the monthly Facebook Live town hall last Thursday at the Java Cafe. (Photo Credit: Photo by Skip Vaughn) VIEW ORIGINAL

Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor answered questions during Thursday’s monthly Facebook Live virtual town hall meeting.

Q: Why are there no storm shelters on RSA?

A: This is something I’ve talked to senior command about. For workers on Redstone, (when tornadoes are expected) we like to release workers early. A lot of the big buildings have basements (for shelter). I recognize the issue and it is something I would like to fix. It is a matter of funding.

Q: I heard the indoor pool is open.

A: We hope to open the indoor pool by April 1 (if staffing is complete). We hope to have the next Town Hall from the indoor pool.

Q: When will the sauna and steam room open in the fitness center?

A: It is all dependent on when we remove masks. It’s a health issue.

Q: Will the housing community expand?

A: No, not yet. We are at a 96% occupancy rate. We are looking for the state to help build 10 additional homes. Please keep checking back with Hunt Homes.

“This is your chance to ask us questions,” he said. “If you would like us to bring someone on, please let us know.”

Welcome updates provided on job openings, specials

“Live from the Java Cafe, it’s Facebook Live!”

Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez took the monthly Facebook Live town hall meeting on the road Thursday.

Well, it wasn’t exactly “on the road” but it was on location at the Pershing Welcome Center.

“There are a lot of great things here,” Jimenez said. “When you stop at the Welcome Center, they’ll be able to give you all you need (for information).”

This may be the first of other on-location town hall meetings. “I hope to have the next town hall at the indoor pool,” Mellor said.

Jimenez said the Exchange is still hiring and is offering starting pay of $15 per hour plus benefits. To apply, visit www.applymyexchange.com.

Speaking of the Exchange, he said all restaurants are hosting $2 off salads every Wednesday, “if you want to eat a little bit healthier.”

The Burger King on Lacrosse Drive is open, Jimenez said, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; but it’s drive-thru only.

The Commissary has faced supply issues recently but it is slowly overcoming them, he said. “There are more chicken products now and Gatorade is back on the shelves.”

On the MWR side, Redstone Lanes is offering Friday Night Frenzy with special rates of $25 between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Shoe rental is not included in the price. For information, call 876-6634.

Youth conditioning classes are available for kids ages 8-17. The cost is $60 per person and class sizes are limited. For information, call 876-3704.