Madison County commissioners renewed the county’s insurance for vehicles and facilities with Public Entities of America.
The premium for the next 12 months will be $190,000, up from $177,000 over the previous year.
County insurance agent Dan Horne of Chastain and Associates appeared before the BOC Monday, telling the board that the increase in the premium is primarily due to an increase in county vehicles, up from 142 to 153 over the previous year, including three new ambulances, insured for $125,000 each.
“That’s the bulk of the increase,” he said, adding that the rate is up about 2.5 percent over last year.
In other matters, the county renewed an agreement with the school system for a police officer at the middle school. County commission chairman Anthony Dove noted that the parking lot at the soccer complex has been paved.
The board also heard from Ray Inman, who requested that the county take over a private water system operated by Piedmont Water on Brownwood Drive, which is surrounded by county water services. He said the water quality from Piedmont is very bad and asked the BOC to consider allowing residents in the heavily populated area to tie on to county water without a tap fee, noting the county could bring in significant revenue. District 3 county commissioner Mike Youngblood, who represents the area, said he would go with Inman to discuss the issue with the county industrial authority, which oversees county water services, at the group’s Aug. 18 meeting at 6 p.m.