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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 12, 2017

Council adopts new building and zoning department fees

Nov 24, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Routine items dominated Tuesday’s meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Council. Action items had the council approving a fiscal 2018 budget amendment, adopting an ordinance amending fees of the building and zoning, and parks and recreation departments, passing a proposed no-parking ordinance to a second reading and approving a change order on a bar screen improvement record.

Upon publication of the ordinance, city building permit fees will be adjusted. Cost of the permits will range from $13 for total valuation of $1 to $500, to $3,086.75 for the first $1,000,000 of valuation and an additional $2 for each additional $1,000 on top of the original $1,000,000.

Plumbing and mechanical, electrical and demolition fees are also addressed in the ordinance.

Meanwhile, parks and recreation department fees on the upswing include swimming lessons and adult co-ed softball. Resident group lessons will be $35 and private lessons will cost $65.

The city is amending the fiscal 2018 budget to reflect the $5.6 million being borrowed to purchase land, finance future street projects, park and pool projects and a new rescue vehicle.

A significant savings was realize on the bar screen improvement project at the wastewater plant. Due to the deletion of the paving of the access road to the bar screen building and grass seeding, the project’s price tag will drop by $58,615.

Council members passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance establishing no parking on the east and west sides of North Grand Avenue to the U.S. Highway 218 bypass. Currently, trucks are pulling off the road and parking on the shoulders, causing damage to city light poles and banner arms.

In another street matter, the council accepted the East Winfield Avenue street reconstruction project.

Maureen Walsh Lindeen addressed the council in a follow-up regarding a couple of cluttered properties on the 400 block of North Main Street. While acknowledging that improvement had been made, she asked if the city could do more. The council directed the police department, city building and zoning personnel and the city attorney to meet and determine future action. Lindeen added that there is also a nuisance property on the 300 block of North Main.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.

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