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New Ipswich building fees set at meeting

  • Lt. Michael Abel and Selectman Tim Johnson announced Police Memorial Week in New Ipswich. Staff photo by Brandon Latham



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The New Ipswich building inspector and board of selectmen agreed on a new permit fee schedule at the board’s most recent meeting on Tuesday, May 16.

The public hearing allowing citizens to comment and ask questions about the new fees was opened shortly after 6 p.m. and closed at about 6:50. No members of the public appeared, so the selectmen agreed to sign off on the fees.

Once officially ratified, which will happen once a few small formatting errors are corrected, the fee schedule will be posted on the building inspector’s page on the town website.

The purpose of the changes was to add predictability and consistency by making more rates flat and not subject to variable construction costs. The inspection office hopes to be a fully fee-funded department.

Previously, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permit fees were one percent of market value of material and labor, which was not convenient. Now they are broken down with flat costs dependent on the use of the unit.

To sample, for new residential construction, electrical, plumbing and mechanical installation is $80 per unit. They are $125 per unit for new commercial contruction.

If officially ratified, the fees will take effect on June 1.

The selectmen also discussed the Memorial Day parades, which begin at 10 a.m. at the Smithville flag pole and 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church.

Selectman Tim Johnson announced that this week is Police Memorial Week in New Ipswich, reading a letter of thanks to the New Ipswich Police Department represented by Lt. Michael Abel. Johnson noted that over 20,000 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. The was part of a nationwide Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

“This recognition we appreciate,” Abel said. “We work hard every year and obviously we put ourselves at risk, and so many officers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Our thoughts will be with their families.”