By Jennifer Lenain/Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors discussed changes in flood insurance policies and the impact the changes will have on the county, additions to staff and road projects at its Monday meeting.
Planning and Development Director Ed Pinero brought to the board’s attention that Pearl River County could potentially need to “prepare for significant burden from individuals,” he said. “Financially, this will push people north (from coastal areas).
“If the federal government continues with the current process on flood insurance, residents (of flood prone areas) could experience increases up to 20-percent a year,” Pinero said.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, “Only five-percent of all National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) policies will see immediate 25-percent increases.”
Those that will see increases immediately include: Non-primary residences, businesses and severe repetitive loss properties.
Rates will now be raised to reflect true flood risk, but the increases are supposed to be gradual for the majority of policyholders.
By 2014, the Biggert Act will phase-out discounts, including grandfathered rates.
“We (Pearl River County) will not be affected by this nearly as much as coastal counties, but it could cause a road spike (in migration) here,” Pinero said.
The board also approved a motion to accept a quote from Huey Stockstill Inc. for building up the base on Sycamore Road.
“Today was a big step, getting that quote,” Board President Patrick Lee said.
“We are going to try to expedite the project because that road is so heavily trafficked.”
The supervisors entered into executive session and voted to hire Dale Miller as the new road manager, County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin said.
“This (the Sycamore Road project) will fall under his department,” Lee said. “We’re going to let him get settled and bring him up to speed with the project and see what kind of timeline he comes up with.
“Once we get the base in place it will need to sit for a brief time before an asphalt overlay is placed,” he said.
The board also discussed Walkiah Bluff during the meeting.
There has not been a park manager there in a while, Lumpkin said. “We need to set some ground rules and get someone out there.”
The next board meeting is set for Wed. May, 22 at 9 a.m.