As we enter the new construction season, we want to update the membership on changes to some construction rules and permit fees that were approved by the board this winter. These guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2015. As you know, we are facing challenges in maintaining our roads and preparing for eventual repaving which drove the dues increase for 2015. This dues increase will help to offset a large deficit in the fund in the future but is only a partial solution.
Our Roads Committee surveys the roads carefully at the end of each summer and contracts for extensive damage repair. We are extending the life of our roads because of the careful repair of cracks and holes. Members are not driving on pothole ridden roads that are full of patch that our plows and ice would continue to damage through the winter. What is apparent is that truck and construction traffic is very hard on our roads.
The previous building permit fee did not reflect the usage cost of construction traffic on our roads. The board studied this issue carefully and has adjusted the building permit fees using the State of Michigan fees as our guide. The new fee schedule was reviewed and voted on by the board. The new fees will be in place for the 2015 construction season on a sliding scale that is proportional to the scope of the project. All building permit fees will be directed to the road maintenance/repaving funds. This fee structure is more in line with industry standards and allow us to more equitably raise road funds based on heavy usage.
Additionally, there have been concerns about the odd hours of construction traffic through the peninsula. Some of these trucks are using noisy braking systems. The new construction guidelines will limit construction traffic from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and prohibit the use of jake brakes on the peninsula. The new application is posted on the website. Please feel free to contact the Building and Site Committee Chair for more information.