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Nevis raises fees for planning and zoning services

Andrew Mack

Nevis' newly retained planning and zoning administrator has wasted no time on the part-time job.

Two months into Andrew Mack's tenure, the Nevis City Council adopted a new fee schedule for planning and zoning fees, more in line with what Park Rapids charges for similar services.

But the council stopped short of the price hikes Mack suggested.

"That's a heck of a jump," Mayor Paul Schroeder suggested when the fee for a conditional use permit would have risen from $125 to $400.

The council compromised on $275.

"I think it's too much to handle but we're still quite a bit lower than the average," Schroeder suggested.

The council agreed it could review the fees annually to determine if they're in line with other cities and the administrative time it takes to process them.

Mack started in late May. He works full-time for the Greater Bemidji Joint Planning Board. He said he offered his services when Nevis asked for help. He only works 10 hours a month.

"Would you be disappointed if we hired you and didn't take your proposal?" Schroeder asked Mack midway through the fee discussion.

Mack said he was simply presenting the landscape as it currently exists and joked he wasn't there to increase city coffers.

In other business, the council:

Learned that from a law enforcement and municipal liquor perspective, last week was very busy with no real problems. The city is now turning its attention to Muskie Days and an all-school reunion the weekend of July 20-21.

The council also voted to put the city's old snowplow truck up for bids. It is purchasing a new one,

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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