Bainbridge town council goes after disaster recovery money
BAINBRIDGE -- Town council members voted in a special session Saturday to approve $6,000 for an engineering report for a storm water project for the town. The report is the first step toward applying for a $1 million grant from the CDBG Federal Disaster Funds.
The report will be done by the engineering firm Hannum, Waggle and Cline. There is a March 1 deadline for applying for the grant, which is 100 percent funded.
"We have a good chance of getting it. At least 50 percent and that's pretty good," said Bainbridge Utility Director Jim Nelson.
Council members also accepted a gift from the Bainbridge Improvement Society (B.I.S.) for $3,500 to help pay for a display case for memorabilia from Bainbridge High School.
The town is paying an additional $2,400 to help for the cabinet that will be built by Timber Arts.
It will be 7 feet tall, 18 feet long and 15 inches deep and cost a total of $5,900.
"It's a great thing to preserve what we have of Bainbridge and their will be so much more coming in when they see the display," said Thursa Evens with BIS.
Numerous historic items are being collected by Bainbridge Town Clerk Jason Hartman and on display in his office in another storage cabinet donated by the Canadas.
"I want to thank BIS for generously coming up with the money. Take my thanks back to the rest of BIS," said council president Richard Cope.
Nelson reported to the board that the new truck recently purchased was working well and will need a few modifications to the snowplow. They hope to sell the old truck and plan to offer it to the North Putnam School system. If they don't make an offer, they will ask for $9,999. If the truck doesn't sell at that price by Feb. 24 they will send it to Celebration Services auction for a sale slated for March 20.
The board voted to spend $1,000 to upgrade the smoke detectors in the community center because there are only two smoke detectors in the building. For that amount, they will add six smoke detectors and two direct heat detectors in the mechanical room and kitchen.
Both Hartman and Nelson expressed concern that a fire could destroy documents in both their offices that the town can't afford to lose.
Nelson also reported that the Bainbridge Community Volunteer Fire Department had their Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating lowered from a seven to a six.
"This is good news for the town. Homeowners need to contact their insurance companies and tell them the rate has gone down and it should get them a reduction on their insurance," Nelson said.
The ISO is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry. Most insurers use PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential commercial and industrial properties.
The Bainbridge Town Council meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the community center.