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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Eldorado hopeful for better fire insurance rating

  • Eldorado is prepared for a new Insurance Services Office inspection of its fire services, Fire Chief Mike McKinnies said at Tuesday night's council meeting.
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  • Eldorado is prepared for a new Insurance Services Office inspection of its fire services, Fire Chief Mike McKinnies said at Tuesday night's council meeting.
    The agency gives municipalities a rating between 1 and 10 with 1 being the best. Currently those within the city limits are rated at a 5 and those outside are rated a 9, according to the ISO, McKinnies said. He informed council he believes since the last ISO inspection in 2002 the city and outlying areas can get better ratings.
    The maps of all 216 water hydrants have been updated, the hydrants all painted with color coding to show their pressure, about 2/3 of water lines have been replaced in the city with 10-inch or 6-inch lines and the city has two tankers for doing its own shuttling of water. All those upgrades are taken into account when determining a new ISO rating systems and that rating could lower home insurance rates for residents.
    McKinnies thanked city crews for help cutting brush and briars away from some of the hydrants.
    "We actually get point for doing maintenance on the hydrants," McKinnies said.
    During the meeting:
    Commissioner Jeff Minor thanks the street department for work to prepare for the Eldorado High School funeral of Gary Siebert, former superintendent.
    Minor reminded residents to notify City Hall if a street light is out as the city pays the cost of the light whether it is functioning or not.
    Water Superintendent Tom Hosman asked council to consider updating an ordinance raising the new water connection fees.
    "All brass now is lead-free and we pay 30 percent more," Hosman said.
    He said all towns are raising tap fees. He said there are about two new connections a year.
    City worker Billy Bradley said city workers have been treating areas that hold water for mosquitoes as part of the preparation for Town and Country Days that begins Sept. 18.

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