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Council Will Consider New Fees

The fees would cover the work of the fire marshal's office, and would apply to all but single-family homes

If the Montville fire marshal’s office started charging for some of the work it does, Fire Marshal Ray Occhialini estimates  that it could raise anywhere from $63,890 a year to $88,425 a year.

The Montville Town Council is going to consider such a fee plan, according to the agenda for tonight’s meeting. If the idea is approved tonight, a public hearing will be held on the idea on May 14.

According to a proposal by Occhialini, the fire marshal is required by state law to inspect businesses annually, and review plans for most construction within the town. The fees would not affect single-family homes.

No building or structure can be “constructed, used, occuplied, enlarged, altered or repaired” unless a permit has been granted by the fire marshal’s office. 

The fire marshal also makes sure buildings conform to the Connecticut state fire safety code.

The fee structure would include plan reviews for new construction, renovations, additions and modernizations – for everything but single-family homes.

  • For fire plan reviews, the fee would be 65 percent of the building permit fee, or 100 percent for fast track reviews.
  • For fire protection systems, the fee would be 100 percent of the building permit fee or 135 percent for fast track reviews.
  • Electrical plan reviews would be 35 percent of the building permit fee, or 70 percent for fast track reviews.

Tonight's council agenda also includes a discussion of approving and authorizing an increase to the building code permit fees.

In addition to the fire marshal fees above, Occhialini said there would be fees for inspections for specific operations.

Some of those operations and fees would be:

  • Aircraft hangars, $100 per year
  • Automobile wrecking yards, $100 per year
  • Cutting and welding operations, $30 for a single use, $60 for multi use
  • High-piled combustible storage, $250 per year
  • Propane filling station, $50 per year
  • Special outdoor events, such as carnivals and fairs, $60 per event
  • Wood products – to store chips, hogged material or lumber in excess of 200 cubic feet, $150 per year

“This is the way of the future, trying to recoup some of the operating costs of our office," Occhialini said at the meeting.

“I think it’s fair. It’s only going to affect the user, not the regular one- and two-family dwelling. It’s not like a regular tax.”

Dave Bottigliere April 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Is this done in other Towns? If so, it may be plausible, however, even at best it is a drop in the bucket for assisting the budget woes. Additionally, we don't want businesses to shy away from Montville but rather make it a positive business climate. Presently, this business segment is lacking in Montville and lacks the production of tax revenue other towns may enjoy. We all already one of the higher tax towns in the area which make it difficult to sell real estate because of the lack of demand created by the tax structure and poor return for your tax dollar. Montville needs to get the budget in line for the type of town it is. No more dreaming..Cut the budget in the only place it has fat left-Education...Get it back to reasonable while projecting future needs of the town in line with the expected economic woes. Otherwise, its standard fare of raising taxes and putting Montville further down the list of undesirable living locations.
montvillejive April 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
This fee proposal could hurt small business given the current economic climate. It might be a good idea, but why not wait until the economy begins to level. If the taxes in Montville increase this year, it's going to be a double-hit.

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