CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

 

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION


AGENDA TITLE: Adopt an Ordinance authorizing and directing the City Manager to adjust the Public Works Department Fees. (PWD) (THIRD READING) Public Works Director Jeff Whitten

AGENDA DATE: 07/05/2017

ITEM#:  9 

DEPARTMENT: Public Works Department

DATE SUBMITTED: 05/17/2017

PREPARED BY: Tracie Lee, Assistant Public Works Director

SUBJECT: Adjust Various Permit and Application Fees in the Public Works Department

EXHIBITS: Ordinance and Fee Schedule Comparison.

APPROVAL:

EXPENSE REQUIRED: $0.00

AMOUNT BUDGETED: $0.00

APPROPRIATION REQUIRED: $0.00

SUMMARY Request for a resolution authorizing the City Manager to adjust various permit and application fees in the Public Works Department. (see attached fee schedule) The City of Texarkana, Arkansas has not adjusted building Permit and inspection fees since 2006Other fees need to be adjusted to offset the increase in the cost to operate.

 

BOARD ACTION: The City Manager and staff recommend board approval.

EMERGENCY CLAUSE: None requested

 


ORDINANCE NO. _______

AN ORDINANCE CLARIFYING, ADJUSTING, AND APPROVING CERTAIN FEES TO BE CHARGED BY THE CITY OF TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has determined that it is necessary to clarify, adjust and approve certain fees charged or to be charged by the City and, in particular, the Public Works Department and subdivisions thereof; and

WHEREAS, the adjustment is necessary to recoup and recover the reasonable costs currently incurred by the City; and

WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the following proposed fee revisions, clarifications and additions and determined that the same are reasonable and necessary; and

WHEREAS, not all fees referenced herein are being modified, but rather, for clarity, are restated in connection with modification, addition, clarification and consolidation of other fees with fees being so enacted; and

WHEREAS, the City Manager and staff recommend approval;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, that the Code of Ordinances for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas (the “Code”) and such other Ordinances referenced herein are amended as follows:

 

SECTION 1.  The following existing fee items contained in Section 2-2.5 of the Code are amended as follows:

 

Subdivision Processing Fee:  $50.00 (residential), $100.00 (non-residential)

            Recording of Plat at Miller County Courthouse:  $20.00

Address Assignment Fee:  $50.00

Property Map Fee:  $2.00 per sheet

            Zoning Verification Map & Letter Fee:  $20.00

Residency Map & Letter Fee: $20.00

Location map & letter for Arkansas Income Tax City/Counsel Verification

Preliminary Subdivision Plat Application Fee:

            Multi-Family Residential $200.00 + $5.00/unit

            Non-Residential (Industrial & Commercial) $300.00 + $5.00/acre

            Planned Unit Development (PUD) $300.00 + $5.00/acre

Final Subdivision Plat Application Fee:

            Multi-Family Residential $200.00 + $5.00/unit

            Non-Residential (Industrial & Commercial) $300.00 + $5.00/acre

            Planned Unit Development (PUD) $300.00 + 5.00/acre

Annexation & Zoning Application Fee:  $350.00                 

Street Re-Naming Application Fee:  $500.00

ROW (Right-of-Way) or Utility Easement Abandonment Application Fee:  $300.00

Street Signs – Request & Developers:

            Sign Application:

                        Existing Street (Private Citizen or other): $55.00

            Utility Locates: $27.50

            Placement of Sign (each): $27.50

            Material/Labor Making Signs: $82.50

            Material/Labor Special Signs: $220.00

 

All language beginning with “Rezoning application fee” through the first occurrence of “Planned unit development …. $300.00” appearing immediately thereafter is deleted (see inclusion and consolidation in amendments to Section 28-129 below).

 

All language beginning with “Conditional use permit application fee” through “the first occurrence of “Industrial … $250.00” appearing immediately thereafter is deleted (see inclusion and consolidation in amendments to Section 28-129 below).

 

All other fee items and amounts contained in Section 2-2.5 are ratified hereby and remain unchanged and in full effect.

 

SECTION 2.  The following fee items are added to Section 2-2.5 of the Code:

 

Application Plan Review Fee: Non-Residential

            Commercial & Multi Family:  $150.00

Residential: Re-Review Plan or Change

            Single Family & Duplex:  $50.00

Non-Residential: Re-Review Plan or Change

            Commercial & Multi Family:  $75.00

Inspections Outside City Limits – Inside Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ):  $150.00

Weekend/After Office Hours Inspection Fee:  $75.00 per hour (4-hour minimum)

In the event that any bond or insurance required by this Code of Ordinances to be posted or evidenced for a period of time (for example, during completion of construction under a building permit), a fee of $50.00 (each occurrence) shall payable to the City by the person or entity required to keep such bond or insurance current and in effect.

 

SECTION 3.  In accordance with Section 17-4 of the Code, the following fee revisions are suggested adopted for the use of the following facilities and shall supersede any previously adopted fee for use of such facility (including by  Ordinance M-124):

 

Lakeside Pavilion (without kitchen):                         $35.00 for 1 to 4 hours

$60.00 for 16 hours

Hobo Jungle Ball Fields (Practice Only):                   $15.00 1 to 2 hours

$25.00 3 to 4 hours

 

SECTION 4.  The fees and rates adopted by Ordinance No. K-586, as amended by Ordinance No. L-241, are further amended and revised as follows:

 

Non-Residential Building Permit Fees and Building Permit Fees for Residential Remodel and Repairs not exceeding $15,000.00 shall be based on valuation as follows:

 

Valuation

Fee

Up to and including $2,000.00

$35.00

Up to and including $15,000.00

$35.00 for the first $2,000.00 plus $8.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $15,000.00

Up to and including $50,000.00

$139.00 for the first $15,000.00 plus $7.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00

Up to and including $100,000.00

$384.00 for the first $50,000.00 plus $6.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00

Up to and including $500,000.00

$684.00 for the first $100,000.00 plus $5.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00

More than $500,000.00

$2,684.00 for the first $500,000.00 plus $4.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof

 

Any applicable state surcharge is not included in the above. 

 

The Non-Residential Building Permit Fee for any applicant being a not-for-profit organization in good standing in the State of Arkansas and evidencing current 501(c)(3) status shall be waived, provided that (1) the applicant provides such documentation as reasonably necessary to evidence good standing and current 501(c)(3) status; (2) the total valuation does not exceed $1,999.99; (3) the work proposed does not require a licensed contractor or city or state inspection.  State surcharges may still apply.

 

Swimming Pool Building Permit or Remodel Fees shall be calculated on the schedule of non-residential building permit fees, but shall have a minimum fee of $200.00.

 

Residential Building Permit Fees (including any residential remodel exceeding $15,000.00 in valuation) shall be calculated at $0.30 per square foot (heated or cooled) of new construction or remodeled space.

 

Curb Cut or Driveway (approach):  $25.00

 

Fence:  $25.00

 

Demolition:

Residential: $50.00 for a 60 day permit

                    $100.00 for 30 day renewal

Non-Residential: $250.00 for a 60 day permit

                                $100.00 for a 30 day renewal

 

Residential and Non-Residential:  posting residential bond or cashier’s check in the amount of the estimated cost of demolition also required for issuance of permit or renewal.

 

SECTION 5.  The schedule of fees set forth in Section 28-129 of the Code is deleted and the following is substituted therefore:

 

Rezoning application fee:

Single-family residential . . . . $100.00

Multi-family residential  . . . . $200.00

Nonresidential (industrial and commercial) . . . . $200.00

Planned unit development (PUD) . . . . $300.00

Conditional use permit application fee:

Residential  . . . . $100.00

Commercial  . . . . $200.00

Industrial  . . . . $250.00

Board of adjustment . . . . $200.00 (including any application to the Board of Adjustment for a variance, purposes of an appeal permitted under this Chapter or for interpretation of zoning district boundaries under Section 28-13(f))

Certificate of Occupancy:

Residential . . . . $25.00

Non-Residential . . . . $30.00

Temporary Power . . . .       $35.00

Condemned or Tagged Structures . . . . $30.00

Temporary Trailer for Office at Construction or Work Site . . . . $250.00 (per trailer)

 

SECTION 6.  The first sentence of Section 23-35 of the Code is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following (such fee change contained in the following also amending the Excavation Permit fee set by Ordinance No. K-528, as amended by Ordinance No. L-241):  “A fee of twenty five dollars shall be paid to the city, in addition to all other charges, fees or deposits, for the issuance of a permit under this article (deposits being necessary to cover any the cost of materials, equipment and labor to repair road, which are also required to be paid by applicant, but may, with the approval of the Director of Public Works or his or her assignee, be segregated from the permit fee and paid upon completion of the work).”

           

SECTION 7.  Section 7-240 of the Code is amended as follows:

 

            The fee contained in 7-240(4)a. is changed to $16.50

The fee contained in 7-240(4)b. is changed to $55.00

The fee contained in 7-240(4)c. is changed to $165.00

A new subsection is added to 7-240 as subparagraph (5) as follows:

“(5) Any person or entity moving a building on city streets without having previously obtained a permit under this section shall be directed to cease and make application for a permit, whereupon the fee for the permit shall be adjusted by $100.00.  Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to limit any other remedy or penalty available in the event of violation of this Code or applicable law.”

 

SECTION 8.  The following is added to the Code as a new Section 13-126:

 

“13-126.  Registration.  Although no business or occupational license shall be required to undertake the type of sales contemplated by this provision, prior to undertaking such sales, the sale shall be registered by at least one person participating in such sale as a seller and a fee of $10.00 shall be paid to the city simultaneously with such registration.”

 

SECTION 9.  The fee contained in paragraph numbered (2) in Section 13-39 of the Code is hereby adjusted to $300.00.

 

SECTION 10.  Section 7-167(a)(4) of the Code is deleted in its entirety and the following new Sections 7-167(a)(4) and (5) are substituted and added:

 

(4) Miscellaneous:

a. $8.40 for each motion picture projector.

b. $50.00 temporary service pole.

c. $25.00 for each re-inspection.

d. $5.60 for each meter.

e. $25.00 minimum fee, general inspection (not applicable to new construction permits) (see below).

(5)  New Construction Electrical Permit Fee (in addition to any other fee herein unless otherwise expressly noted)

         a. Residential . . . . $0.05 per square foot

         b. Multi-Family . . . .$0.05 per square foot

         c. Commercial . . . . $0.05 per square foot

 

SECTION 11.  Section 7-62(b) of the Code is deleted in its entirety and the following is substituted therefore:

 

(b) Applications for permits shall be made on suitable forms provided by the city. The applications shall be accompanied by fees in accordance with the following schedule:

Basic fee:

New construction:

Residential . . . . $0.05 per square foot

Multi-Family . . . .$0.05 per square foot

Commercial . . . . $0.05 per square foot

Construction other than new construction . . . . $25.00

Each plumbing fixture  . . . . $5.60

Each hot water heater  . . . . $8.40

Each sewer tap  . . . . $18.00

Each water service  . . . . $8.40

Each sprinkler head  . . . . $1.40

RPZ  . . . . $9.60

First four (4) gas outlets  . . . . $14.00

Each additional gas outlets  . . . . $2.80

Gas pressure test  . . . . $8.40

Repairs to gas lines  . . . . $8.40

Residential Irrigation System Installation Permit:  $50.00

An additional fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be charged for each re-inspection, including, without limitation, each additional trip on the part of the plumbing inspector caused by the negligence of the plumber.

           

SECTION 12.  Section 7-118(1) of the Code is deleted in its entirety and the following is substituted therefore:

 

(1)   Basic fee:

New construction:

Residential . . . . $0.05 per square foot

Multi-Family . . . .$0.05 per square foot

Commercial . . . . $0.05 per square foot

          Construction other than new construction . . . . $25.00

 

SECTION 13.  The fees approved by Ordinance No. M-110 in connection with the recycling of compact fluorescent bulbs are amended as follows:  small bulbs $0.50 ($5.00 minimum); $0.85 cents per fluorescent tube for residential users and $1.35 for fluorescent tube for commercial users.

 

SECTION 14.  The following is added to the Code as a new Section 19-85:  “19-85.  Floodplain Verification Letter.  The fee payable to the City for issuance of a flood plain verification letter shall be $25.00 per original letter issued.”

 

SECTION 15.  Except as specifically set forth and amended herein, the Code remains unmodified and in effect.  In the event that any portion or portions of these amendments is or are determined to be illegal, impermissible or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision(s) shall be deemed stricken, but such action shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision contained or referenced herein.  The foregoing amendments shall supersede and replace any conflicting provisions, provided, however, all other provisions or fees not expressly amended or superseded hereby are ratified and remain in full force and effect.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED this 5th day of July, 2017.

 

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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk

 

APPROVED:

 

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George M. Matteson, City Attorney