KINGSTON — Municipal officials called attention to the recently lowered ISO insurance ratings during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting.
The Insurance Services Office rating relates to the fire department. Recent increases in staff levels, improvement in equipment and the maintenance of high-quality flow rates on fire hydrants have caused ratings levels to drop from four to three.
The lower ratings mean that homeowners’ insurance rates could possibly go down for homeowners within the municipality.
Councilman Robert Thompson Jr. differentiated between fire and flood protection. He said homeowners should alert their insurance providers as to the change, but noted the insurers are likely to act on the change anyway.
In the case of flood insurance, however, Thompson suggested residents always inform their carriers of relevant municipal changes as they happen.
Also on Tuesday, Municipal Administrator Paul Keating said the current part-time building inspector, available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will likely transition into a full-time employee in the coming months.
The borough also intends to hire two new full-time police officers, bringing the ranks to a total of 19. One of the new hires will be a replacement for a recent retiree, while the other will simply serve to bolster the department.
The next regular council meeting will ne at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.