Fayette’s Insurance Service Office rating may drop

The city of Fayette recently underwent a Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule survey (BCEGS). Insurance Services Office, Inc. had a surveyor conduct an unscheduled review of several different areas, offices, procedures, plans, and policies.

Insurance Services Office (ISO) is the leading supplier of information to the property/casualty insurance industry in the United States. Classifications determined by the BCEGS are distributed by ISO by insurers to assist in premiums. The lower the ISO rating, the better. The ISO ratings are reviewed every five years.

As a result of the recent survey, Fayette received a letter stating its ISO rating dropped from a Class 6 for residential property and a Class 5 for commercial property to a Class 9 for both.

Fayette does have an opportunity to avoid re-classification to Class 9 for the next five years. An acknowledgement of receipt of the re-classification letter needs to be sent to ISO by Jan. 4, 2019. The acknowledgement needs to state that the matter will be reviewed, and then the re-classification will be postponed. Next a list of intended changes needs to be received by ISO by March 5, 2019, estimating the length of time needed to complete changes. If changes are implemented within a year, the classifications of 5 and 6 will stand.

The city is working on a response and plan to correct the situation.

A sample letter requesting support and pledges from the community for the D.C. Rogers Lake project was submitted by Parks Commission Chair William “Benji” Conrow. The letter provides a general overview of the first phase plan for lake improvements being applied for in the grant. The grant is a 50/50 grant for up to $250,000. The first phase of the lake project includes roadway diversion around the spillway to improve camper access, a beach area, adding campsites, providing a dump station and water access at the lake entrance, and demolition of the house currently located at the lake entrance. The total for the project is estimated at $397,000, with the city’s 50% at $198,500. In-kind is estimated at approximately $72,000, which leaves almost $126,000 for the city and Parks Commission to raise.

Pledges and donations are being accepted and will be needed by January 15.  A letter will be shared with local residents, businesses, and organizations. The grant application is due February 15. 

Fayette City Attorney Nathan Nickolaus provided the council with draft legislation that would give Fayette the opportunity for a Public Safety Tax. If passed, this tax would provide funds to go directly to the Fayette police and fire departments. 

The next step is sending the draft legislation to state representative David Muntzel (R-Boonville) and Missouri Senator Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg). If approved by the legislature, the city has the opportunity to put the tax proposal to a vote of the people. If passed at all levels, time frame for implementation of the tax would most likely be 2020.

Alderwoman Stephanie Ford presented a proposal from the personnel committee regarding the donation of sick leave. Employees would like the option of donating unused sick time to coworkers who might be in need due to prolonged illness or accident. Some employees preferred donating to a pool, some preferred to donate directly to an employee of his choice. The recommendation from City Attorney Nickolaus is to form a pool. Guidelines of who is eligible to draw from the pool, what qualifications are, and how much can be drawn would need to be put in place. Ford will take this information back to the personnel committee for more work.

In other business, the council discussed boundaries for the proposed CID, new maps will be distributed and revisited;

• a new water meter has been installed at CMU. Hopes are this will help with the 26 percent monthly water loss;

• work towards a grant for sidewalk improvements on Church Street is moving forward;

• Public Works Director Danny Dougherty noted the backhoe/trencher is down, parts cost $1500, and similar used backhoe/trenchers are valued at $12,000 to $15,000. The council approved purchasing the parts.

The Fayette City Council will meet again Tuesday, Jan. 15. There will be no meeting January 1 due to the New Year’s holiday. Meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

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