By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
The second meeting of August was winding down and, as always, Chairman Jim Frydl asked for any matters from each Board member. Vice-Chairman Davis Lamb offered that he, Bart Svoboda, Zoning Administrator/Planning Director and John Barkley, Greene County’s Administrator form a committee to study how to change the fee structure for hooking up to the water and sewer system.
The current cost of $20,000 per hookup has hindered development activity in Greene County. Supervisor Clarence “Buggs” Peyton agreed with the situation and asked that the BOS have a sense of urgency to modify the fee structure. He further explained that the income from fees is causing the county to spend funds out of the Reserve Fund in order to pay for the system.
Chairman Jim Frydl agreed that this is a complex issue and is being studied. He looked to Administrator Barkley for an update on his progress since he has recently taken his position in Greene. Barkley stated that he, Bart Svoboda and Herb White have been studying the issue and comparing Greene’s fee structure to those of surrounding counties. Frydl asked when staff would be able to report back to the BOS and it was agreed to put the item on the agenda for the second meeting in September on the 24th of the month.
Back at the workshop with local business people, held on May 28th this economic development issue was highlighted by Steve Jones, President/COO of the Fried Companies, LLC. Several weeks ago developer Larry Hall was asked what issues are holding up development in Greene County. His top two issues were the fee structure for EDU’s and the slow process in getting projects through Greene County.
May, June, July, August, September – how long does the project take to be studied and recommendations be made? Hopefully the September 24th meeting will have a clear recommendation on how to modify the fee structure and restart development activity in Greene.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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