The cost of permits just went up, and for some businesses the increases are substantial.
Selectmen approved without comment or discussion increases to Zoning Board of Appeals filing fees at its meeting Monday night.
The largest increase will be felt by wireless communications companies, whose special permit/variance fee is now $2,500. Previously, a wireless company had to pay $250 or $300 for a permit or a variance.
A sign appeal will now cost $250, up from $100; a finding/appeal is now $300 when it was $250.
The Zoning Board expanded the special permit/variance fee from a flat $250 to $300 for residential, $500 for commercial and $1,000 for industrial.
The last time Zoning Board filing fees were increased was April 2002.
The search for a new town manager proceeded as Selectmen Chair Jason Smith asked that a meeting be set up with representatives of the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts. The Collins Center conducts searches for municipal executives and has indicated it is interested in helping Framingham with its search.
Assistant Town Manager David Williams was asked to prepare a request for proposals that will further publicize the search.
Smith also asked that a room be made available and a time established for the search committee to meet and organize.
In other activity Selectmen:
- Approved a common victualer’s license to CJ’s Northside Grill, 911 Edgell Rd, in the Nobscot neighborhood. The restaurant will occupy the building formerly known as Red Line Diner and Riley’s. CJ’s will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has undergone a renovation and plans are to bring back the Saturday afternoon antique and custom cars.
- OKed a request by Tosti’s Service Station, 45 Waverly St. to sell an occasional used car. Zoning rules mandate that there can not be more than two cars for sale at any given time.
- Approved an agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey Massachusetts-Rhode Island Water Science Center to collect data for the town’s efforts to obtain environmental permits for the Birch Road Well Field Reactivation project. The cost for the two-year study is $53,000.
- Approved a temporary construction easement for a 20-foot section at the rear of a property at 10 Florissant Ave. The easement is in conjunction with the on-going Lakeview sewer pump station project. The Department of Public Works will pay $1,288 for the easement.
- Approved four meetings in June, and two a month during the summer.
- Heard from Town Manager Julian Suso that a public hearing is scheduled for June 2, 9 a.m., to present requirements for Framingham to become a Green Community and go over some of the language of the stretch code. The stretch code is an appendix to the current building code that is designed to, “…provide a more energy efficient alternative to the base energy code for new and existing buildings.”
- Were informed by Suso that a handicapped access ramp on the Union Avenue side of the Memorial Building is completed.