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April 17, 2013

Clarksville to waive fees for municipal projects

Amendment to zoning ordinance will save town $100k+ on wastewater plant

CLARKSVILLE —

The Clarksville Town Council approved a change to its zoning ordinance that will waive permit fees for town-funded projects at its meeting Monday. 

“It permanently modifies the ordinance so that if it is a town project, if the town’s doing it or if a contractor is doing it on behalf of the town, those fees are not charged,” said Councilman John Gilkey. “It just doesn’t make sense to pay those fees out of one pocket, put it in the other and pay interest. It doesn’t make good business sense to do it that way.”

The town is set to construct a new wastewater treatment plant at the cost of $26.2 million. 

“The wastewater treatment plant project, the fees based on the existing scale would be in the neighborhood of $123,000 to $125,000,” Gilkey explained. “The contractor would have paid those fees and billed the town, and then the town goes out to float a bond issue to pay that money back plus interest. It just doesn’t make sense to be doing it that way.”

The vote to pass the change to the zoning ordinance was unanimous. 

 

ZONING CHANGE APPROVED

The town council unanimously approved a zoning change to the former Danny Boys property along South Clark Boulevard from R-2 to B-2. 

The change makes way for the former neighborhood bar to be converted into a Veterans of Foreign War post. The post is moving from VFW Boulevard in Jeffersonville because its land was acquired as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. 

“I think anytime you can support your veterans, I think it’s a good thing,” Council President Bob Polston said. 

 

APPROPRIATION APPROVED

The council unanimously approved the appropriation of $10,000 by the Clarksville Town Court for the purchase of computer equipment for record-keeping purposes. 

The money was appropriated from the probation user fee fund. 

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