Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, April 19, 1999

KCs request reduced demolition fee

By Andrea Vargo

The Knights of Columbus asked the Waverly City Council for a reduced demolition permit fee Tuesday because it is a non-profit organization that does a lot for the community.

The building next to the Knights of Columbus hall will be demolished to make room for a parking lot.

Several council members stated concerns that this would set a precedent, and other organizations will ask for similar reductions.

Mayor Charlie Bush said the planning and zoning people have worked hard on the fee schedules and he felt the $300 fee was fair.

There are a lot of things that go into a demolition, he said. Water must be on-site to spray the dust and to prevent sparks that might start a fire.

The building inspector needs to do a final inspection to ensure the water and sewer lines have been properly terminated. All this costs the city money, said Bush.

Planning and zoning representative Adrian Duske felt the $300 fee was fair and should stand.

In spite of those feelings, the council asked the organization to complete its demolition and then come back before the council for a possible rebate.

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