Building fees to increase

By Maura Wery

For those contractors looking to build in Riley County, the fee to get a permit is going up. Steven Higgins, Riley County zoning officer, told county commissioners Monday that building permits for principal structures were raised from $50 to $75 Dec. 19. That takes the fee for residences to $150, with fees for commercial structures going to $225.

Fees for obtaining other types of permits were also increased. Special event permits will now be $100. Platting and rezoning applications will increase from $275 to $550 and profile/site evaluations for septic systems will go from $50 to $150.

Higgins said a new reprimand will also be added into the fees. If builders decide to start construction on a property before a permit is issued, their fee will be doubled when the actual permit is requested. Higgins said that is to make sure structures are constructed in the correct areas, that areas are safe to dig in and not in an unzoned area. Higgins said the new permit forms can be found online on the planning and development portion of the Riley County website or in their office in the Riley County office building.

Personal property assessments

The Riley County appraiser’s office has mailed out 2013 personal property tax statements. The statements are for personal property owned such as ATV’s, mobile homes and personal aircraft. The owner of said property must pay those taxes by March 5 with a late penalty being 5 percent per month up to 25 percent. Those with questions about their personal property or their tax statement are asked to call the county appraiser’s office at (785) 537-6310.

Library at dog park

The Riley County parks department has been approached by an independent group to put what some might see as an unusual item in the Fairmont and CiCo dog parks: a library. The free library would be a stand-alone item, possibly with a bulletin board that would hold books that visitors to the park could read at their leisure. The library would be contained in a covered box and would include books about dogs and dog behavior. Commissioners Karen McCulloh and Dave Lewis raised the issue of making sure the only literature within the library would be dog-related books, telling the parks department to “police it lightly.” The commission also saw the library as a venue for informational items, such as park maps.

Lewis said, “If they are using their own funds to create the project, then I have no problem with it being there.”

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