Sorrento Fire Department gains favorable rating

The Sorrento Volunteer Fire Department received a Class 4 rating from the Property Insurance Rating Association of Louisiana, Fire Chief Nelson Pinion told the Sorrento Town Council on Tuesday.

The rating is based on a 10-point scale with a Class 10 rating being the worst and a Class 1 rating being the best, Pinion said.

“For a small volunteer fire department, that’s pretty good,” Pinion said.

The Fire Department maintained the same Class 4 rating it achieved as a result of its previous evaluation, Pinion said.

“That’s excellent, that’s really excellent,” said Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr.

Other matters considered by the council included:

BUDGET NUMBERS: The council agreed to put off discussing projected budget expenditures and revenues so its accountant could meet with the council’s Finance Committee to crunch more numbers.

Accountant Jacob Waguespack and Councilman Jason Adams agreed to meet Friday to discuss the budget.

POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Chief Earl Theriot said Police Officer Kermit Givens had resigned. The Police Department now has five full-time officers and is accepting applications for new officers, Theriot said.

Givens was hired in May and, along with several other town police officers, had recently considered taking legal action against Theriot. The officers accused Theriot of allegedly harassing them and of retaliating against them for unspecified actions.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: Town Clerk Fern Barnett asked council members if they plan to hold one meeting a month instead of their current two meetings per month.

Longanecker said he was partial to two meetings per month, but Councilman Randy Anny said he and Adams tentatively had discussed reducing the meeting schedule from two to one per month because there was not enough town business to justify meeting every two weeks.