By MATT KOESTERS
CLARKSVILLE — The Clarksville Town Council discussed altering the town’s zoning ordinance at a Monday work session to waive fees for permits for the construction of municipal structures.
“We kind of think it’s silly to assess ... fees for permits for our own self,” said Council Vice President Paul Kraft. “Taking it from one pocket and putting it in the other is kind of silly.”
The Clarksville Plan Commission will take up the issue at a meeting tonight, April 3. The issue came up at the work session because the town is preparing for the construction of a new $25 million wastewater treatment plant.
“The fee on the wastewater treatment plant ... would be something like $120,000,” Councilman and plan commission member John Gilkey said. “Now, the contractor would build that fee into the cost of the project. The town would then have to include that cost in the amount of the loan, the bond issue that we’re floating to build the project and them pay interest on it.”
The town is also looking at modifying its zoning ordinance to allow for municipal structures in any zoning classification, Gilkey said.
“Right now, the wastewater treatment plant is a nonconforming use in that particular zone,” He said. “By making that change, being a municipal structure, it would be allowed in any existing zoning classification once the town council deems it necessary as a municipal structure.”
On the same day that State Sen. Ron Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, honored Clarksville High School basketball standout Chuck Franz for being nominated into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the Clarksville Town Council declared April 1, 2013, Chuck Franz Day during its regular meeting Monday.
Franz helped the Generals earn its first sectional championship during the 1977-78 season and led the team to a second championship the following year. Franz also was a member of the 1981 Indiana University team that won the NCAA National Championship.
The council unanimously approved a one-year, $3,600 sponsorship deal with Southern Indiana Fitness Source Magazine. Fitness Source is a publication of the News and Tribune.