LIMA — The Allen Water District Board voted Wednesday night to simplify the district’s permitting procedure. As part of that, the board reduced the Capital Permit Fee from $2,500 to $500 in non-assessed areas.
“I think the thinking behind it is to see what the county and different entities can do to spur economic growth in the county,” said Kimberly Stiles, Allen Water District Board clerk.
Lowering those fees isn’t a big concern for the water district’s bottom line.
“That’s not our primary revenue for the district, so I think the district is really looking at it long-term,” she said.
There has been a fear that some projects were hampered by the high Capital Permit Fees.
“I think that’s a major concern. We’ve heard from a few different developers that that is a concern that they are looking at other areas for their next subdivision and construction projects,” Stiles said.
This is a problem in search of a solution for several months.
“We’ve been talking with the city and the district for quite a while, and there have been some inquiries, some questions raised and some concerns about how high the fees are and the difficulty in connecting for some people,” she added.
The changes would take effect July 2, 2018. The Allen County Commissioners are expected to take up a similar motion before the end of the month.
In other business, officials from the Village of Lafayette discussed details of bringing Allen Water District water to Lafayette.
That discussion centered around the history of the project, the benefits of public water, the water line layout, the project cost and what sources are available for financing the project. No specifics were detailed on what the actual cost of the water line cost would be as village officials were considering including areas outside the municipal limits as part of the project.
The Village of Harrod is also considering a similar waterline project.
The Allen Water District is in the process of planning public meetings to discuss the projects. Those meetings would likely happen sometime between the middle and the end of July.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.