Thursday, January 19, 2006

Relief Measures for Flood Victims

At the Special City Council Meeting held last night, Wednesday, January 18th, the Town Council took the following actions to provide relief to the victims of the flood disaster:

Council approved a process to allow property owners to expedite storm damage repair, and a waiver of permit fees, for individuals seeking to make storm-related repairs to their properties, including creek-related repairs. Property owners are to notify Town staff by February 28, 2006 of their intent to apply for permits; the permits and work do not have to be completed by that time but the Town needs to be notified by that date. The Town will process refunds to those property owners who already pulled permits for storm-related repairs. Property owners and business owners affected by the flood disaster are encouraged to contact the Town’s Building Department at 453-1584 should they wish further information regarding this expedited permitting process.

The Town Council also approved an extension of the grace period for business license renewals for businesses affected by storm damage. Under the Town’s Code, the grace period for 2006 business license fees is February 1st. The Town Council has now extended the grace period to May 1, 2006 for those businesses affected by flood damage in order to provide some financial relief while merchants are working on restoring their businesses. Affected merchants can contact the Town at 453-1584 for any questions about business license renewals.