Board adopts to increase permit fees
By Margo Frink
(Town of Lenox, NY – April 2013) It’s been about three or more years in the process but the construction bidding for Water District 12 has been approved by the Lenox Town Board. The board passed a resolution at its monthly meeting April 8 to put the project out for bid.
The town received a letter from USDA Rural Development stating the 38 year loan interest dropped from around 2.4 percent to 1.87 percent, according to town Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica.
He said with the help of State Senators Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna, grants for the project were nearly $1 million of the $3 million project.
“I’m going to try and get some funding from EFC (New York State Facilities Corporation) for laterals,” DiVeronica said. He said there are 229 units in the district, each expected to pay around $595 per year for the cost of the project.
The district includes parts of Whitelaw and Lewis Point roads, Route 13 and N. Court Street.
A completion date of July 31, 2014 is expected.
A motion to adopt an increase in permit fees was voted on unanimously effective June 1.
Building permit fees on one and two family residential construction, which were $.04 per square of livable space excluding garage, basement and attic will increase to a flat $75. Commercial buildings and industrial building permit fees will be $125. Garages and additions increase to $35; porches, decks and remodels increase to $25; renewals $20; demolitions $40; chimney/stove $10; pool permits $15 and zoning permits will increase to $20 and for buildings larger than 3,000 square feet will be $35; fence permit $10; zoning permit for pool will be $15. Sewer tie-ins will cost $578 onetime fee; inspection $25 onetime fee. A complete list of permit fees, including minor and major subdivision applications is available at the Lenox Town offices.
The board agreed to split the cost of Lawn Medic for Clark Park with the village of Canastota at a cost of $600.