Council approves raising of permit feesSep 9th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
The Parish Council approved the raising of construction related permit fees from $15 to $50 to help pay off general expenses accrued by the Administration, at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The Council expressed that some people believe this action will go against the Parish’s Charter, but feel that they are doing the right thing by raising these fees.
“Although the question has been raised on whether or not the Parish can raise fees to cover normal increases in administrative costs without a voter referendum,” said Council Chairman George Cavignac, “I’m confident that President Peralta’s staff has researched the
matter to ensure these fees are in compliance with the Charter.”
The Council sees this raise in fees as a necessity that will reduce the Parish’s expense debt.
“I am going to vote for this measure,” said Councilman at Large West, Guy McInnis. “We need to have the leeway to change these types of fees.”
In other Council news
• The Council appointed Donald Duplantier, Wallace Ansardi, Alexandra Amster, and David Hood to the Parish’s Veterinary Board with a 6-0 vote.
• A resolution was passed 6-0 to allow the Louisiana Land Trust (LLT) to conduct a builder bundle program.
This program will dispose of certain LLT lots that have been identified as “builder bundles,” by auctioning them off to contractors.
• The Council passed three ordinances to amend the zoning laws. These
amendments will required prospective home builders in an R-1 residential area to build their house to a minimum of 1,600 square feet, no matter how large the lot may be.
• The Council approved the petition of Eugene C. Molinary to rezone one parcel of land in Oak Ridge Subdivision from single family residential to rural, with the condition that the proposed lot, which is currently zoned I-2 (Heavy Industrial) does not change.
“I am fine with this,” said Councilman Monty Montelongo of District D. “This should not have and detrimental effects on the area.”
This passed 6-0.
• The surplus property located at 2508 Margaret Lane was auctioned off to Brandon Maxwell, by the Parish, for the cost of $1,144.46.
This was approved with a 6-0 vote.
• An ordinance was introduced to approve the petition of Car Craft Inc. to rezone 1101 E. St. Bernard Highway from neighborhood commercial, to light industrial. This passed 7-0.
• The Council passed a resolution 6-0, authorizing the Parish President to sign an extension for the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the State of Louisiana Division of Administration, producing the Integrated Water Management/Resiliencey Category 1 Program Management Plan.
• The Council approved beer and liquor permits for the following:
Ben’s Pizza #1, West St. Bernard Highway
Breaux Mart Supermarkets, Inc.; 315 East Judge Perez Drive
B & G Fresh Market, 501 West Judge Perez Drive
Barbara’s Place (Barbara Civello), West Judge Perez Drive
St. Bernard Shrimp Festival, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive
Old Arabi Sugar Festival, 847 Friscoville Avenue