WM’s application for flood insurance OK’d

WM’s application for flood insurance OK’d

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:04 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Residents of Woodland Mills who live in the flood plain and would like to purchase flood insurance may now do so.
Woodland Mills board of aldermen learned Monday night that the city’s application has been approved. A previous application was apparently lost in the Jackson office which deals with the National Flood Insurance Program.
According to a press release, the city’s application was accepted and became effective on Nov. 24, 2010.
“Residents of the City of Woodland Mills will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Regular Phase of the program. However, there is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance coverage goes into effect. For single-family dwellings, the building coverage limit is $250,000, and the contents coverage limit is $100,000. Renters can also protect their belongings by purchasing contents coverage. For commercial properties, the building and contents coverage limits are both $500,000,” the release states.
In other business, after the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Wade Carrington and in prayer by alderman Waymon Reagan, the board:
• Heard from resident Bill Sowell, who asked what else can be done about a resident who has not cleared old vehicles from his lot. The city and the city’s attorney have sent letters to the property owner. Carrington said he thought calling the sheriff’s department would be the next step.
• Agreed to add $10,380.15 to a CD in the general fund and renew it in the amount of $30,500.
• Learned $13 in property tax is still owed for 2008, while $803 is owed from 2009. Charter Communications still owes the city $15.
• Was informed Brian Hale has looked at the Civic Auditorium and said it would take three sheets of metal to repair the building where it appears someone backed into it.
• Heard someone has broken off a street sign at Thompson Street and Garrigan Road. The city limits sign on the north end of the city also needs to be installed. Carrington said the city needs to check with Community Development to see if there are grants available for placing city limit signs with flower beds and electricity.
• Was informed the city received several checks in small amounts as settlement in a class action lawsuit from several years ago.
• Discussed refuse collection fees.
• Learned Carrington and alderman Tom Menees will be attending an elected officials academy, while Menees will also be attending an incident command for elected officials training class put on by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service and a Tennessee Municipal League district meeting.
• Was reminded ethics paperwork must be completed this month.
• Approved December financial statements, including $5,870.79 in the refuse collection fund, $6,798.01 in the street aid fund, $547,693.97 in the sewer fund and $117,997.02 in the general fund.
• Was reminded the next meeting will be held Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.
• Set the city’s Spring Cleanup for April 18. All items for disposal must be curbside by 7 a.m.
• Agreed the city needs a way to be notified when improvements are made on an existing home.
• Learned the emergency radios must be reprogrammed.
• Informed a resident the Civic Auditorium is the designated shelter for Woodland Mills when one is needed after a disaster. Carrington said it is not a storm shelter.
Following the meeting Monday night, the mayor took a look back at 2010 and agreed the Mount Herman Revitalization Project was the biggest project for the city last year. There were five new homes built, while one received an addition. One lot was also cleared under the program, which was funded with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
The board rezoned property so Warren Agronomy and Seed Co. could expand its business and three bridges were replaced throughout the city.
Carrington said the city also boasted a record number of youth playing baseball at Woodland Mills City Park.
He said the board will look into replacing the city limit signs with enhanced welcome signs, complete with landscaping and electricity, in 2011.
Otherwise, he said the city will continue to save money so it can formulate a plan to begin repaving roads.
Published in The Messenger 1.18.11

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