The city of Parsons will soon be enrolled in a program that should provide monetary relief for residents living in the local flood plain.
On Tuesday, Parsons City Council members discussed the Community Rating System, a national program that allows cities to be proven as ideal candidates for reduced flood insurance costs.
"We have 90 percent of the application complete," stated city treasurer Jason Myers.
City officials will need to make sure that the National Flood Insurance Program requirements are met and exceeded. In return, flood insurance premiums will go down for residents of Parsons.
There are several levels to the program that coincide with lower premiums.
For instance, at Class 8 a 10 percent discount level will be given to each resident. This adds up to approximately $300 in savings for the average Parsons citizen.
"We can comfortably get to (level) 15," Myers said.
In related news, a company named Wolfe House Movers has been visiting some houses in the flood plain, along with city officials, suggesting that it would be possible to physically raise the houses by several feet.
"Some structures needed to be raised by only two to three feet to get out of the 100-year flood plain. Some required four to five," Councilman Timothy Auvil said.
A house raising, for many citizens, is a good option to lower their flood insurance premiums and make the property safer to occupy.
The structure would be placed on supports and be completely habitable following the procedure.
Another major project taking place is the addition of several new drop inlets and storm drainage near Third and Fourth Street.
The pipes will allow water to drain into the river, rather than into storm drains.
The new system will save approximately 3.5 million gallons of water each year from being treated at the sewer plant.
"We are going to have the full cooperation of the Department of Highways on this project," said Auvil, noting that the DOH will be paving the surrounding streets in two weeks.
Council also discussed the possibility of constructing a public pool in Tucker County.
Lewis County was mentioned as an example of a county that had raised funds for a pool by way of public ballot.
During election season, Lewis County officials spread word of the initiative and the imposition of an excise levy to fund the project. It passed by a margin of over 75 percent.
Council members suggested that having two years to campaign until the next city election may be enough time to generate support for a pool.
The matter will be discussed in more detail at future meetings.
In other council news:
Sewage rates will soon be increased for all residents of Parsons. It will be reflected in their November bills.
Estimates are still being prepared for the repair of the city maintenance building.
The contract has been accepted for KCI Technologies to begin draining installation, clearing and landscaping for the Corricks Ford Battle Site.
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