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Munford Fire Department's ISO drops from five to four

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Munford fire chief Alan Barkelew delivered some news at Monday's Munford Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting that should please that town's citizens. 

He said that his fire department had recently been assessed and that their ISO rating had been reduced from five to four. 

The ISO program provides a country-wide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment and training. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

“This is due to the hard work of everybody,” Barkelew said. “And this means savings on everyone's insurance.”

According Barlew, the department was one-tenth of a point away from a three. 

“I'm going to look at some numbers and see if we can get it down to a three,” Barkelew said. “We were so close.”

Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole said moving from a four to a three should save citizens six percent on their home owners insurance. 

Said Cole, “This is a tribute to Alan Barkelew and all of his firefighters.”

In other matters: 

• Family Dollar is coming to Munford. 

Cole made the announcement Monday night that the company is building a 9,000-square-foot retail story on the south side of Munford Avenue, in between the Munford Fire Department and Pop's Gas Station. 

Located near the intersection of Munford Avenue and Beaver Road, the building is expected to begin going up in six months. 

• Cole announced that Gov. Bill Haslam will make an appearance at City Park in Munford on Monday at 12:45 p.m. He will speak on his “Get out the vote” campaign for about 30 minutes. 

• City manager Peter Colin said repaving of Charles Place and Maple Hill Drive is complete. 

• Cole announced there will be a budget meeting on Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the town's conference room. 

“We have worked pretty hard on trying to get a budget together,” Cole said.

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