Chairman Bob Brame said, “We pay a significant amount of money in fees to an engineer to ensure everything in subdivisions don’t end up costing the city or county more in the future. Four magistrates have asked me to ensure roads and drainage projects are done properly. I feel like at this rate, we’ll be in the hole.”
Brame said that after consulting with the Pennyrile Area Development District, he learned of two options, request funding from city or county government, or request a deposit to be held in escrow by the developers seeking approval.
“If the design work is done properly, they can get a refund. We’ve had to send the engineer out two or three times in some subdivisions,” Brame said.
Commissioner Matt Ladd asked about the potential for finding a less expensive engineer, but Brame and Commission Secretary Sharon Butts said that the current engineer was the least expensive in the area.
“It’s their subdivisions,” said Commissioner Jimmy Hart. “Any expense they face will be passed on. It’s important that it not be our expense but theirs.” He added that most developers would not require subsequent visits, but a few required several follow-ups.
Commissioner Kevin Alexander said that the escrow deposit could provide incentive for developers to design and build projects properly before the first inspection, without the need to spend money for future reviews.
“Until we are funded by the government, we should not absorb expenses. It should be the developer’s responsibility. Economic growth is good for the community and comes from development,” said Ladd.
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