Several fees and escrow deposits will increase in May Township after the board approved a set of changes last week.

A $50 fee was instituted for returned checks or insufficient funds.

The update also reflects the board’s new policy to pass actual costs of animal control services to pet owners, rather than charge pre-set fees.

A grading permit for major work, issued by the town engineer, will increase from $200 to $500. 

“Two hundred dollars wasn’t covering anything,” said Board Chair Bill Voedisch. “The increase to $500 should cover the engineer’s time on this.”

Several escrow fees, which are used as advance payment for services, will increase. 

The escrow for a variance application, for instance, will grow from $850 to $900.  Increases were also approved for subdivisions, lot line adjustments and protection for blacktop roads. The hourly rate for the clerk and treasurer’s time charged to escrows will increase from $30 to $40 per hour.

The application fee for road vacation will increase from $900 to $1,500, and the removal bond for communication towers, from $25,000 to $35,000.

The changes will be effective after public notices are published.

Other business

• A board representative will talk with a member of the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District board about potential solutions for water management on Panorama Avenue.

• The board appointed a deputy treasurer, Marsha Olson, who is expected to begin training in January. Relatedly, a ballot question was approved for the March election, which will ask voters whether they would like to combine the clerk and treasurer positions. If approved by voters, current clerk Linda Tibbetts could appoint a deputy clerk-treasurer to help handle duties.

• New tires for the road grader will be purchased from Nobles Tire Service for $12,080.

• A resolution was approved in support of Washington County’s all-hazard mitigation plan.

• The board revised the town code governing attached garages, proposing the category exclude outbuildings within six feet of the house. The board also set limits on the size and number of attached garages. The proposal was sent to the plan commission for a public hearing. More coverage is planned in the Messenger.

• The board extended the warranty period for improvements at the Maywood Estates plat, and discussed plans for plowing the site this winter.

• Election judges were appointed.

• The town plans to purchase a NOAA weather radio to keep in the town hall.

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