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BOC gives go ahead on impact fee study
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The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week voted to begin a study with the goal of updating the county's impact fee ordinance and schedule.

Impact fees are charged to new developments and help offset the costs of capital improvements and services such as fire protection and library materials.

Bill Ross of Ross & Associates presented a proposal at the board's May 18 voting session to help the county update its fee schedule and ordinance, a process that Ross said should take around six months.

The board voted unanimously June 1 to accept Ross' proposal, which will cost around $47,250.
The board enacted impact fees in 2006, and voted in May 2009 to suspend the fees so that developers who were deterred by the high cost would build in the county. Since then, no impact fees have been collected.

The amount of impact fees collected by the county, $1,651,000 between 2006 and 2009, will be used to cover the cost of the study.


In other business
The board voted to renew insurance benefits for all county employees, a decision that included increasing the emergency room copay from $200 to $300 to discourage the use of the ER for non-emergency illness and increasing the premium that employees pay from 15 percent to 20 percent versus the county's 80 percent.

The board held the first public hearing for the scrap tire storage and disposal draft ordinance. The current draft of the ordinance states that used tires and tire pieces must be stored in a manner that prevents their exposure to and collection of the elements of nature, and includes stipulations on stacking and storage containers.

The second hearing will be held on June 15, after which the board could decide to vote
to adopt the ordinance.

The board voted to reappoint Tom Harter to the Dawson County Library Board for a term running from June 2017 to May 2021.