Farmington’s planning commission and town board approved a proposal for a new subdivision at a joint meeting Monday, Dec. 17.
Eric Jacobson is the new owner of land adjacent to the site where Farmington will build its new town hall on State Highway 54 and County Road Q.
He is working with Martenson and Eisele Inc., an engineering and planning firm, to develop Majestic Pines,
Plans call for the new subdivision to have 11 homes on a 40-acre parcel with a man-made pond.
Gary Zehringer, with Martenson and Eisele, said the project is at its conceptual stage and plans may change as developers seek permits from the county zoning administration and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Zehringer estimated construction could begin in late spring.
In other business, the board delayed a vote on increasing its video service provider fee.
Currently, Charter Communications pays the town of Farmington a 3 percent video service provider fee.
Under state law, the town is authorized to collect a 5 percent fee on the gross revenues of local cable companies.
Town Clerk Sandy Grenlie said Farmington currently receives a quarterly payment of about $7,000 from the fee.
During discussion of the fee at Monday’s board meeting, Art Hill Jr., a town resident, asked if the higher fee would be passed on to consumers.
“If you pass this, will everybody’s cable bill go up?” Hill asked.
Supervisor Eugene Eggebretson said he assumed the cable company was already collecting the full 5 percent fee on its bills.
Grenlie noted that other area municipalities were collecting the full 5 percent.
Town chairman Dale Trinrud suggested that the board hold off voting on the resolution to increase the fee until after it looked at how its action would affect rates.
Building permit fees
The town board passed an ordinance amending its building permit fees.
The amended fees apply only to commercial buildings and not to single or two-family homes.
Fees for multi-family dwellings, motels, hotels and community-based residential structures are $100, plus 12 cents per square foot for the first 10,000 square feet and 5 cents per square foot above 10,000.
Stores, restaurants, assembly halls, churches, schools and similar structures are $100, plus 10 cents per square foot for the first 10,000 square feet and 5 cents per square foot above 10,000.
Manufacturing facilities are $100, plus 8 cents per square foot. Warehouses are $100, plus 5 cents per square foot.
The building permit fees include heating and electrical, unless the electrical requires an affidavit from the power company, in which case there is a $50 fee.
The fee for installation of plumbing fixtures will be $5 per fixture.