PALMER – The results of a recent survey by Insurance Services Office (ISO) were released in a report to Palmer City Administrator Doug Young recently.

Young announced during Tuesday’s city council meeting the insurance rating company recommended that the city of Palmer’s public protection class be upgraded from a 7/9 to a 5/9.

“As soon as the state fire marshal approves the recommended change, the property owners in the city could see a decrease in their property insurance,” Young said.

 He gave an example of a $152,000 home would see an $87 reduction.

The study by ISO was to accurately measure the city’s fire suppression resources and establish a revised rating classification for the available fire protection resources.     

The public protection class as developed by ISO is one of several elements considered in the calculation of individual property insurance premiums. A city’s fire protection is rated between one and 10 with one being the best rating.  

All properties within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and within five miles of a fire station have been upgrade from a PPC rating of 7 to 5. Properties located more than 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant and more than five miles from a fire station will maintain the 9 rating.  

“This is good news for the city, especially the ones in the city where the new rating will apply,” Young said.

The requested change has been sent to the state fire marshal by ISO’s public protection department.

“The new classification will take effect a soon as we are notified by the state,” Young said.  

The only action item on the council’s agenda was to consider a zoning change with a specific use permit for a HUD –Code manufactured home.

The request was made by Gabriel Galvan at 312 Willowcreek in the Green Acres addition. Galvan request was to place a double-wide manufactured home on a lot where there was previously a manufactured home.

“The lot is empty except for a concrete foundation from a previous home,” Galvan said.

City Secretary Alicia Baran told the council the zoning change was required because the lot had remained empty for more than a year.

Galvan’s request was unanimously approved.

The council convened into executive session to discuss two personnel policies and an on-going legal action against the city in the case of Burross, Robert M. vs. City of Palmer.

There was no discussion or action taken when the council adjourned back into open session.