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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 19, 2014

Supervisors canvass election results today

By Linda Wenger | Oct 15, 2013

Though he isn’t officially a county supervisor yet, Richard Young was in the audience this morning at the board of supervisors weekly meeting.
The board canvassed the results of the special election following today’s meeting. The results are now official — Young is the Dist. 5 supervisor.
When asked when Young will be sworn in, Auditor Dan Widmer said at about 9:31 a.m. next Tuesday.
The supervisors adopted a resolution to approve the Planning and Development Schedule of Fees. Before doing so, the supervisors discussed their views.
The schedule of fees includes platting and subdivision fees, development fee for two types of floodplain permits, board of adjustment application fees and land use and planning commission applications.
Platting and subdivision fees are set at $20 for a plat of survey for one parcel division, boundary line adjustment. A minor subdivision of two to five lots is $100. The major subdivision fee, which includes two or more lots, a preliminary plat, construction plans and a final plat is $100 plus $10 per lot.
The development fees for two floodplain permits were suggested at $100 for building and structures and $50 for other works.
Board of Adjustment Applications fees were $150 for a variance and $150 for an appeal of the administrator decision.
Land Use and Planning Commission applications were set at $250 for an ordinance text amendment, plus additional public notice costs and publishing costs; and $150 to appeal the subdivision coordinator decision.
When discussing the fee for an ordinance text amendment, Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said that, if the county is going to change an ordinance, the county should absorb the cost of making the change because the change would be “for the good of everybody.”
Supervisor Steve Davis said he wanted to keep the fees. He said that the county has to publish notices in three official county newspapers. The cost of publishing varies from $50 to $250, he said.
Supervisor Bob Yoder agreed with Davis.
“Looking at this fee schedule, to me, it seems extremely fair and reasonable,” Yoder said.
The supervisors decided to charge a $50 flat fee for publication and notification costs. Seward said he could agree to a flat fee and Davis said he could, too, rather than have the county absorb all of the costs.
They also decided to have just one floodplain permit and set the fee at $50.
In other business, the supervisors adopted a resolution that changes the Veterans Affairs manual.
Sue Rich, Veterans Affairs secretary, said that the county had served veterans who served during war time. That is no longer the case.
“We serve all veterans,” Rich said.
She added that veterans needed to serve for at least 90 days, other than for training.

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