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Despite floods, WM foregoing more insurance

Despite floods, WM foregoing more insurance

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:02 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Despite recent flooding across the state, the mayor and board of aldermen in Woodland Mills have decided to forego purchasing flood insurance.
That decision was made Monday night when Bedford Dunavant of Union City Insurance appeared before them to review the city’s insurance policy.
Dunavant said Tennessee Municipal League will pick up flood damage costs after $500,000, which is the maximum amount of flood insurance that can legally be purchased. He said he could get a quote for the city if the board decided to consider the purchase.
“I think we’re good,” Mayor Wade Carrington said, receiving agreement from the board.
Dunavant also asked about the city’s insuring its playground equipment, saying most cities are not covering their equipment.
“It’s probably not worth the money,” alderman Waymon Reagan said.
The mayor then said only one piece of equipment has broken recently and that was because an adult got on it. Otherwise, the equipment simply wears out because of old age.
Carrington told Dunavant the city definitely wants the fence covered because it would be expensive to replace. A new lawnmower was also added to the policy.
There was also discussion of the lift stations and whether or not the $25,000 coverage on each is appropriate. It was noted one of the lift stations is bigger than the other.
Dunavant informed the board that rates will be steady to down by 3 percent this year, meaning there will no rate increase.
In other business, after the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by alderman Tom Menees and in prayer by Reagan, the board:
• Passed a resolution setting the board meetings on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
• Agreed to add $10,000 to a CD in the General Fund and renew the CD for six months.
• Learned property taxes in the amount of $516 for 2008 and $1,954 for 2009 are still due. Reminders will be sent.
• Approved April financial statements, including $5,759.74 in the Street Aid Fund, $6,320.19 in the Refuse Collection Fund, $552,380.56 in the Sewer Fund and $91,156.35 in the General Fund.
• Answered questions regarding Tennessee One Call so the application may be completed. It was decided the city should get phone calls since the e-mail is not monitored on a daily basis.
• Received a report on the elected officials academy held in Dyersburg from city recorder Thelma Green. She said it was very interesting and she learned several things.
• Was informed the city is awaiting news from its attorney on the next step to clean up property owned by Kenneth Johnson. Johnson, who is allegedly breaking the city’s ordinance concerning junk and noxious weeds and grass, has been contacted by the city and by the city’s attorney. If the city has to clean up the property, Johnson will be charged $75 per hour for the service. Any scrap metal removed from the property will be sold and placed toward the bill. If he does not pay the bill, the charge will be added to his property taxes.
• Learned there has been concern about another house where junk is piled, but it is uncertain whether the property is inside the city limits. The mayor will check the official map.
• Heard there is a problem on Garrigan Road. Maintenance employee Perry Carr said he has placed dirt where it has been washing away, but the dirt is now gone. Carrington said there are also other holes popping up. There is an underground pipe located in the area in question.
• Received an update on the Mount Herman rehabilitation project. Carr said the last two houses are ready to be framed out. A meeting has been set for May 18 to discuss progress on the project.
• Was informed the ditch across from the post office was dug out, but water is still standing because the resident’s culvert needs to be lowered.
• Set June 7 at 6 p.m. for the first meeting of the budget committee. Additional meetings will be set as needed, with the final reading on June 29.
• Was invited to meet with Congressional candidate Ron Kirkland Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Troy Industrial Park.
• Received a letter from Hill’s Hardware thanking the city for its business.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.11.10

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