CALVERT CITY – City council passed a resolution adopting the Jackson Purchase Region Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan during its regular monthly meeting last week.
The plan focuses on anticipated natural disasters that might occur and plans for ways to minimize the damage resulting from them.
“We participate on a regional level to qualify for extra funding” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said Melissa Combs, director of Marshall County Emergency Management.
To apply for funds to underwrite response to disasters, local governments are required to endorse the regional program.
“You’re going to miss out,” city administrator John Ward added. “They won’t give you funding.”
That policy is not intended to be punitive, but rather to incentivize local authorities to be proactive.
“The goal of mitigation is to reduce the impact,” she said.
Combs explained that endorsing the regional plan does not obligate city council to fund or follow through on any action plan that might be considered.
In other business, council gave second reading to an ordinance funding a newly created position of facility maintenance service technician at an annual salary of $36,400.
A closed session was called to discuss personnel matters prior to passage of the ordinance. No one was hired for the new job.
Council also deleted the position of director of public safety and gave approval to second reading of an ordinance establishing a Fire and Emergency Training Center Advisory Board. The board will be made up of five members appointed by the mayor and approved by city council. They will serve staggered four-year terms,
Council also accepted low bid of $54,900 from Murray Paving for construction of tennis courts.