June 16, 2010 EditionAlso in this issue...
Hoxie hopes to lower fire ratingLeslie L. Ginn
Dewey Scott addressed the Hoxie City Council meeting on June 8 about efforts to lower the ISO rating in the city. In 2007, Hoxie's ISO rating went from a level 7 to a 6. Efforts now are aimed at eventually lowering the rating to a level 3.
"A lower ISO rating would attract businesses to Hoxie and benefit residents in many ways," Scott said. "A level 3 ISO rating would give a $220,500 residential yearly insurance savings and at least $50,000 for businesses, schools and churches. This is a nearly $300,000 savings in insurance for residents."
Scott proposed a meeting with Wayne Menley of Miller-Newell Engineers of Newport to discuss present water and fire department conditions and a plan to implement changes that would lower the rating. Menley is also knowledgeable about possible grants to assist Hoxie in replacing pipe that is too small for water flow needs.
"Hoxie needs four things to lower our fire rating: more firefighters at fires, additional firefighter training, developing pre-fire plans on how to fight fires for particular structures and the ability to pump 3,000 gallons of water per minute to fight fires," Scott said.
The ability to pump the needed gallons of water is possible with the new water system expected to be finished in 2011, but Hoxie will need to also replace pipes that are too small as well as add adequate pumps to get the water into the water towers.
Fire Chief Robbie Needham asked about the possibility of tapping into the main line with hydrants, as Portia has done.
"In addition to putting in place all these other measures, tapping into the main lines would help produce high volumes of water because they are 10-inch lines," Needham said.
The council approved meeting with Menley to gain the information they need on how to proceed.
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