By NR Staff • 

Sheridan weighs inspection fees

Burrows, who contracts with the city through Burrows Consulting Services, is proposing:

* Establishing a $50 minimum for electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits and $100 minimum for building permits

* Increasing the percentage going to his firm, now 75 percent, to 85 percent — something the council clearly opposed.

* Increasing the hourly rate for miscellaneous work, now $65, to $70.

Changing permit fees charged to the public would require a vote of the electorate under the city charter. The other changes could be made administratively.

Councilors made it clear they were not receptive to increasing the percentage split with the contractor. However, City Manager Frank Sheridan characterized the proposed increase in the hourly rate for miscellaneous work “reasonable,” saying the fee had not been increased since 2004 and is not passed on to residents.

Examples of the latter include meeting with the council, city manager, city attorney and/or city engineer, inspecting buildings for the city, meeting with property owners to review plans and offering depositions or testimony in court proceedings.

The council will meet next at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15.

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