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Carrollton City Council briefs - Aug. 22, 2012

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

City retains ISO rating of Class 4

The city of Carrollton was notified recently that it has retained it’s rating of Class 4 following a recent Public Protection Classification Survey conducted by personnel from ISO.

Fire Engineer Greg Beck told City Council Monday night that the city’s fire suppression system, which includes the fire department, dispatch and Carrollton Utilities, earned 64.82 of a total 100 credits. Beck said that total was down by two credits from the last ISO survey.

The rating is important for helping to keep insurance rates low for city residents. ISO ratings are used by insurance companies to determine coverage and policy rates in communities based on the ability to effectively handle fire suppression.

Individually, Carroll County Dispatch earned 7.88 of 10 credits for its telephone service, operators and dispatch circuits, for a rating of Class 3; Carrollton Utilities earned 32.86 of 40 credits for its supply system, hydrants, and inspection and condition of lines for a rating of Class 2; and the Fire Department earned 28.79 of 50 points for its engine companies, reserve pumpers, pumper capacity, ladder service and reserve ladder and service trucks, personnel, training and distribution for a rating of Class 5.

Carrollton Utilities also passed a recent inspection by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, earning no deficiencies and wrapped up a three-day survey of its sanitary sewer system, said manager Bill Osborne.

Police Chief Mike Willhoite said his department, too, also fared well in a recent inspection by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Police Foundation, which audited the department’s hiring standards and training needs.

“We passed; there were no problems whatsoever,” he said.

Council lowers RV park rates through October

Weeknight and weekend rates will be reduced through the end of the season at Two Rivers RV Park.

Mayor Gene McMurry said a recent “buy one night, get one night free” weekend at the park was very successful and said he thinks lowering the rates through October will help boost use of the park, located on the Kentucky River on Second Street.

McMurry suggested lowering the rates to $25 per night for weeknights and $30 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Why don’t we do ‘buy one, get one free’ for the rest of the year?” asked Councilman Kevin Craig.

McMurry said that would apply to weekends only, and he said he wants to encourage more people to use the campground during the week, too.

Councilwoman Ann Deatherage said the lower rates are more in line with what is available to campers at General Butler State Resort Park.

Councilman Mike Gordon suggested offering a ‘buy one, get one half-price” for the whole week.

City Attorney Nick Marsh advised council that the city ordinance outlining rates at the RV Park would have to be amended to change the rates for the rest of the season and suggested altering the ordinance to allow special rates to be decided by resolution, instead.

During the discussion, Marsh drew up an amendment to the ordinance to allow for the resolution process. The rate change was tabled and council passed the first reading of the amended ordinance. Council will vote on the amendment after a second reading at the next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

City will provide dress uniform to volunteers

Carrollton City Council voted Monday night to approve an ordinance to provide dress uniforms for volunteer members of the city’s fire department.

Fire Engineer Greg Beck told council that he had devised the policy for the city’s Policy and Procedures manual, but City Attorney Nick Marsh advised the uniform policy be addressed by ordinance. The manual is for city employees, Marsh said, and volunteer firefighters are not employed by the city.

Marsh also advised Beck to add the uniform policy to the volunteer fire department by-laws that cover disciplinary actions, as well, because the uniforms will remain city property and must be returned in good condition whenever a volunteer firefighter leaves the department.

Under the policy, members of the department will receive dress uniforms, including a shirt, pants, belt and tie, after completing one year of continuous service. Each member will be responsible for buying shoes; accessories consistent with the uniform, such as hats and jackets, may be added at the member’s expense.

The uniforms must be maintained in good condition, normal wear and tear excepted, and turned in upon resignation to the fire engineer authorized by the mayor or to the fire chief, should that position be reinstalled.

The second reading of the ordinance will be at the next council meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.