Grafton Mayor Chris West informed the audience at last night's 55th Annual Chamber Awards Banquet that US Senator John Hoeven will be speaking at the Grafton City Hall on Thursday Morning December 5th. The special meeting is for city leaders, bankers and individuals who have been or will be affected by the flood rate hikes as a result of the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The Act has resulted in substantial increases to Grafton's flood insurance premiums which is causing major concerns over the future growth of the City. Mayor West says Hoeven will be in town to discuss the possibility of pushing the enforcement of the Act down the road a few years. Hopefully long enough for Grafton's flood diversion project to be completed. The diversion, once finished, would take the city out of the flood plane all together. West said the goal is to end the federal flood insurance requirement for Grafton so that residents could spend their dollars in the community inste!
!ad. He noted that Grafton residents currently pay half a million dollars annually to flood insurance premiums.