The Carroll County Board of Supervisors received a heaping helping of good news this week.
During their board meeting Monday in Carrollton, supervisors learned that the fire rating for Carrollton and North Carrollton will remain the same – good news for homeowners and their insurance bills.
Beat 1 Supervisor Jim Neill said the ratings for Carrollton and North Carrollton will remain the same as last year. Carrollton remained a class 6 and North Carrollton remained a class 7.
According to a letter from Richard Parham with the Mississippi State Rating Bureau, an audit was done back in January 2018. Parham said that the towns of Carrollton and North Carrollton should be commended for their efforts to maintain their ratings as well as maintain complete records of all fire department operations.
“Whew! That’s a good thing. I was worried about that,” Supervisor Claude Fluker said.
“That’s a real good thing for the people in the county,” Board President Rickie Corley said.
North Carrollton Mayor Ken Strachan said Wednesday that he is proud of the work the volunteer firemen have done at the Carrollton-North Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department and the training they have completed. He said the volunteers have provided “…exceptional service to residents of Carrollton, North Carrollton, and Carroll County that includes remote areas.”
“In March I met with Richard Parham with the Mississippi Rating Bureau at the fire station. I shared with him our record keeping of the CNCVFD, and the great job the firemen are doing in serving the public. The CNCVFD has performed a lot of training that has also included working with other agencies to be the most up to date on serving our community. I am proud of the department and I appreciate the dedication of our firemen in serving our area,” Strachan said. “I shared with Insurance Commissioner/ State Fire Marshall Mike Chaney our record keeping at the CNCVFD last year, the department is transparent, and dedicated to serving the public.”
But, the good news doesn’t stop there. Neill also reported that Carroll County had recently been added to a list of counties that had been approved for federal disaster relief.
Strachan said the amount of funding for Carroll County has yet to be determined.
“Carroll County met the threshold for the federal declaration and this was contributed to the hard-work done by the board of supervisors,” Strachan said. “The data and documentation by the board of supervisors that was presented to FEMA was very important in Carroll County being declared for reimbursement. The Board of Supervisors and their employees did a great job in getting roads open during this flooding and providing a rapid response to the citizens of Carroll County.”
He said the county appreciates the efforts of State officials and members of the Mississippi Congressional delegation and their help with obtaining the funds. “We look forward to working with FEMA in the coming weeks as it will be determined how much funds Carroll County will receive.”