Bethel Council approves zoning fee changes

March 12th, 2010    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

An ordinance setting zoning fees was approved after a third reading by Bethel Council members during their meeting Monday, March 8.

The fees were recently updated and brought in line with fees from neighboring villages such as Moscow and New Richmond.

The largest increases in fees were made in the areas of appeals to the board of zoning appeals with those fees jumping from $30 to $250. A complete list of fees and permit charges is available through the village offices.

In addition to zoning fees, the public works department is also currently going over utility rates and has asked the finance committee to review those rates before moving forward. The public works department is asking the finance department to consider reallocation of expenses in order to bring the department in line with actual functions.

According to Councilwoman Donna Gunn, the finance committee is planning a proposal and will further discuss the finances of the public works department at its next meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m Monday, April 12.

In other business:

• Mayor James Dick reported that a community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 27 in Burke Park. He said that contests have been planned, a magician is scheduled to appear and that the Easter Bunny would also make an appearance.

• Councilwoman Mary Daugherty reported that she had attended a council training seminar on March 6 which was very informative. She said that she had brought back information to share with fellow council members regarding basic council rules.

• Councilwoman Janice Ireton reported that she is planning a meeting with Burke Trust commission members about planned projects including new picnic tables in the park. Dick said he had received information about the poor shape of the streets in the park asking Ireton to bring that up during her meeting. One Burke Trust commission seat appointment is still open and will also be discussed.

• Gunn congratulated the Bethel-Tate Basketball team for its winning season and stated that the last game was exciting with the team losing in the last seconds of the game.

"Even in their loss, those boys showed a lot of class," Gunn said.

• Councilman Tim Cherry congratulated the "grapplers" from Bethel-Tate High School who were going to the state finals.

• Rus Whitley asked council for their support for the upcoming Bethel Arts and Music Festival on Saturday, May 8.

"There have been a lot of nice donations made for the raffle," said Whitley. "Tickets are $1 a piece and they will be having drawings every hour during the day. I would like to see the village make a donation."

"Many of the council members will be participating in the events during the BAM Fest," said Dick. "We will do all we can to do our part to make it a success."
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