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Troy town board hesitant about fee increase

Two committees were born at the Town of Troy Board meeting on Thursday, May 10.

One committee was formed after Town Building Inspector Brian Wert presented his rates for the upcoming year while discussing his contract renewal.

Wert increased his rates by 30 percent.

"This is what I feel I need to do to keep me in business," said Wert.

This is the first building inspector rate increase in several years and other are municipalities have renewed their contracts in spite of the increase, according to Wert.

Supervisor David Hense felt the increase was too high.

"I understand times are tough, but it's tough to increase fees by 30 percent 'just cause'," said Hense. "I know you need to keep yourself afloat, but what happens when times get good again and we're stuck paying these higher fees. I'd like to sleep on it and look at other alternatives."

Supervisor Sue Warren agreed.

"I think the man needs to be paid for his work, however, we don't want fees to get so high that it discourages building in our township," said Warren.

"We need to make sure our residents are getting a fair shake," said Town Chairman Ray Knapp. "How does this compare to other services out there?"

Supervisor Jan Cuccia suggested they form a committee to review other alternatives to building inspector services. Cuccia and Hense both volunteered to serve on this committee.

The second committee was formed after discussion about the Radio Road interchange.

With construction predicted to start in the 2013-2014 year, there is the matter over which municipalities would be responsible for Chapman Drive.

"The current proposal for the Radio Road interchange is that the township gives up its jurisdiction and thus the maintenance responsibility for Chapman Drive," said Rob Jones of Cedar Corp.

A sub-committee was created of Supervisor Jason Kjos, Hense and a Cedar Corp. representative, who is yet to be determined, to come up with a recommendation of how to deal with the Radio Road interchange and the road assignments.

Jones then discussed the possibility of adding fire protection wells around the township and extending Chinnock Lane.

"In 2003, when the town was planning for future growth, a 'needs assessment' was developed for two projects," explained Jones. "One project was to install fire protection wells around the township, and the second was to extend Chinnock Lane. It is time to move ahead with these projects."

The proposal for the fire protection wells is to place one "test" well in the township to see what supply of water it can get and how quickly it can get it. From there, four wells would be installed.

"I think this is a great idea," said Cuccia.

The extension of Chinnock Lane would start in spring 2013. The extension would connect Chinnock Lane with a commercial district, according to Jones.

"Let's have Cedar Corp. get us an estimate on what this would cost," said Knapp. "We need to move this one along for financial reasons."