New maps increase flood plain area

PLYMOUTH — New flood plain maps for Plymouth are scheduled to go into effect November 16, according to Keith Hammond, building commissioner, at the city council meeting Monday. The current maps have been in use since 1977. According to city attorney Nelson Chipman, the ordinance to accept the new maps must be passed in order for Plymouth to receive national flood insurance.
“We are going to have more areas that are considered flood plains than before,” said Hammond later, adding that building on these areas comes with special regulations.
Hammond said that homeowners or companies whose residences are now included in the new flood plain area will need to purchase flood insurance.
The city council voted to pass an ordinance accepting the new maps on second reading, but will need to vote again on a third reading. Councilman Mark Neidig expressed interest in reviewing an earlier ordinance having to do with flood plain areas before the third reading.
Hammond mentioned later that anyone concerned with the new maps can view them at his office, 111 N. Center St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
“Don’t hesitate to come see me,” said Hammond. “I have copies of the preliminary maps here now.”
Hammond also said that the maps can be viewed on the Marshall County website, under Geography Information System (GIS).
Also at the city council meeting:
•Councilman Chuck Ripley reported that he had spoken with a Plymouth High School graduate of the class of 1961 who was appreciative of the way the parks department had handled the moving of the class of 1961 bench.
“He thought the park department was second to none,” said Ripley.
• Mayor Mark Senter recognized the recent death of Art Suter, who passed away Saturday. He mentioned Suter’s contributions to the community in the form of serving on the city council, the police department, and the city department.