GLENWOOD | The village's fire rating has been upgraded from a Class 5 to a Class 4 level.
Fire Chief Kevin Welsh made the announcement at Tuesday's Village Board meeting and said the grading process evaluates a village's ability to respond to a fire.
"It's the Insurance Service Office grade, which is very important," Welsh said. "A lot of towns around here are being regraded, and they're either maintaining or they're going down grades."
Glenwood's grade had remained for years at Class 5, but was bumped to Class 4 in part because of an improvement in staff training, Welsh said.
"That has the ability to impact commercial property fire rates and sometimes residential fire insurance rates," Welsh said.
Village President Kerry Durkin said few municipalities in Illinois are given grades at Levels 1 through 3.
"It's a proud moment for the firefighters," Welsh said. "It's a milestone."
In other village news, the Village Board on Tuesday approved Durkin's recommendation to spend an amount not to exceed $20,000 for emergency mold removal in certain properties.
"There have been a lot of families in town that were adversely affected by the damage in the flood we had two weeks ago that are going to need assistance from the village ... to mitigate the mold so that their homes do not become condemned," Durkin said.
He said the main locations to be targeted are on Park Drive.
"Five (homes) were hit hard," Durkin said.