Just wanted to say that I thought today’s presentations were great. I had some audio challenges, so I didn’t pipe in, but I’m very interested in seeing how things move forward on this front.
Anne (@aherbst): I’ve seen a lot of interest by other communities in potentially replicating your program: is there anything you’d do differently if you had to restart? Any avoidable pitfalls? Any must-dos?
I would probably consider going to 3 feet for the incentive instead of 2. I was cautious about going so high that no one would participate. I think the key is doing outreach to contractors, engineers, etc. and making sure your town departments are ready to pitch the program. I use the StormSmart brochure on freeboard as well. Because it’s a voluntary program I think it’s really pretty easy to do. I hope other communities do try it. I’d be interested to compare experiences.
Interesting point about aiming higher: I’ve run into this before. Seems like once people are OK with any freeboard, they’re ok with at least 3′ (which leads to great insurance reductions). It only makes sense as the incremental costs to going up another foot are minimal once you go up at all.