Residents in the Benton Fire Protection District are about to enjoy some better fire insurance rates.
District 2 Supervisor David Berry announced Friday that the protection district has gone from a Class 9 to a Class 7.
“We were hoping to qualify for a Class 8 rating, and we ended up getting a Class 7,” Berry said. “This is due to the hard work of some dedicated volunteers. Benton is blessed to have a group of volunteers who take fire protection very seriously.”
The Benton Fire Protection District includes area within five driving miles of the Benton Volunteer Fire Department.
“People in the area need to contact their insurance company because this will save them some money,” Berry said.
In other business during the Board of Supervisors meeting Friday:
* Jack Willingham, Yazoo County’s emergency management director, proposed hiring temporary employees as dispatchers as a solution for frequent turnover and staff shortages.
Willingham said having temporary employees available would provide help when needed, and the temporary workers would already be trained and could be candidates when positions are available.
* County Administrator Donna Kraft announced that Dec. 30 will be the date for newly elected officials to be sworn in.
* Sheriff Jake Sheriff reported that he has found a truck to replace the truck that was being driven by the chief investigator until the engine went bad. Sheriff located a 2016 Dodge Ram 4X4 under state contract for $26,287.