Pembroke has received a Class 9 verification from the National Flood Insurance Program. This rating was effective as of April 1 and qualifies residents for a 5 percent reduction in flood insurance costs. Residents must contact their insurance providers to receive this reduction.
The rating and other business was discussed by the Pembroke City Council during its regular meeting Monday at City Hall.
April 5 marked the closure of all pending city projects through FEMA. With the approval of those projects, Pembroke is now expecting to receive around $200,000 in reimbursements and program funding through FEMA for damages brought about by Hurricane Matthew.
“When I say this, I want you to be very cautious and understand this is not extra money we are getting,” explained Public Safety Director Bill Collins. “This is money that we’ve already spent or are fixing to spend.”
He called the program aggravating but said he thought it was successful.
“I was not expecting us recover as much as we’ve recovered,” he said. “I think we did pretty well. We’re probably going to recover 80 percent of what we’ve spent.”
Police Chief Randy Alexander awarded two promotions during the city council meeting. Sgt. Kelly Price was promoted to lieutenant and Officer Eric McElveen was promoted to corporal.
“It’s not every day I get to promote to somebody,” Alexander said. “I’ve been a chief now for 12 years and I can count on my one hand how many people I’ve promoted. I’m very hard on promotions – it’s something they have to earn … and the two I’m promoting tonight have done that.”
The council discussed with the police chief concerns over speeding and reckless driving in the Taylor Street vicinity. There have been complaints of motorcycles and four-wheelers being driven at high speeds and causing a possibly dangerous situation for the neighborhood children and others.
Alexander acknowledged the concerns and stated his officers are aware of the situation and have been performing extra patrols of the area. He asked that citizens come forward with information on the perpetrators and encouraged anyone witnessing the incidents to call and report it, assuring that tips can be provided anonymously.
In other business, the Pembroke Downtown Development Authority will host its annual Easter egg hunt from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. During those hours, Railroad Street from Ledford Street to Stephens Street will be closed, as will Stephens Street from Railroad Street to Gibson Street.