Committee waives permit fees for Everett, Palace projects
The Benton City Council Community Services Committee approved two measures that will waive permit fees for two local construction projects during a meeting Tuesday.
Permit fees totaling $28,994 will be waived for the new Everett Ford dealership.
“Just like we have done before,” said Benton Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Jordan. “We have been asked to waive the permit fees for Everette Ford. They are putting a sizable investment here in our community — upward of $10 million.”
The items being waived include fees for the building, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, signage and stormwater.
“They have been a really good community partner for us,” Jordan said.
He added that the company will still be responsible for paying the state surcharge.
“It’s going to be a really nice looking building,” Jordan said. “It’s really nice and really inviting. It’s going to be really handsome there on the interstate, making our city look good.”
According to Jordan, the Everett Family of Dealerships has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various projects within the city over the years.
“I can tell you for the (Benton) school district alone it’s a half a million dollars,” said Alderman Jeff Morrow, who is a former member of the Benton School Board.
“They are probably the best community partner the city has,” Jordan said. “Not only from the city standpoint, but to the smallest nonprofit. They are there for them. Their leadership team is always really good to work with and always really receptive.”
The committee also voted to
approve waving permit fees for the construction related to the Palace Theatre that was recently purchase by Shawn Hipskind and is undergoing a complete renovation.
“You know the investment that (Hipskind) has made, not only from purchasing it from the city, but the investment that he is pouring into as we speak and Shawn is asking that we waive these fees,” Jordan said.
According to Jordan, the fees would total approximately $2,200.
Both requests were approved unanimously. The full city council will need to approve the requests at its upcoming meeting set June 24 at the Benton Municipal Complex.
All meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.