PI makes zoning, building fee increases March first

ROGERS CITY – The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners unanimously improved a slight increase to a number of building and zoning inspection and construction permit fees Friday.

The increases will become effective on March 1, and were made on the recommendation of Building and Zoning Official James Zakshesky. Most of the flat rates and charges based on square footage have been increased, with a new $5 addition for residential structure headers.

A few other changes include changing two commercial building permit categories and adding two more. There are now charges based on square footage for business and mercantile buildings, and for assembly, educational, high hazard, institutional and residential buildings.

Another change is for special inspections upon requests, which will range from $20 to $50, Zakshesky said. He requested the range because he’s been asked to do some inspections that take little time to perform, while others are more involved. Rather than charge someone the full fee for a simple inspection, he wanted the option of charging based on the amount of time they take.

These rates had not been changed since March 2011, according to zoning department documents.

In other business:

  • commissioners approved a resolution to borrow against delinquent taxes, for up to $2 million. County Treasurer Bridget LaLonde said the county is on track to fall short of about 12 to 14 percent of its tax base due to non-payment.
  • Commissioner Mike Darga informed the board that the county airport’s non-directional beacon will be decommissioned soon. The radio signal beacon is now considered to be obsolete.
  • commissioners agreed to extend County Resource Officer and Economic Development Corporation Director Joe Libby’s contract until June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Commissioner Steve Lang said the board could consider approving a renewal then.
  • commissioners approved a bid for $467 to repair a vehicle used by Michigan State University Extension.
  • county officials will look into options for improving courthouse security, including participating in lockdown drills with the help of the Rogers City Police Department, Darga said.

Jordan Travis can be reached via email at jtravis@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.