The issuance of licenses to new businesses and the renewal of the licenses of existing businesses enabled the City of Union Planning Department to collect more than $73,000 in business license fees in June.
In its report to Union City Council for the month of June, the department reported issuing a total of 225 business licenses and collecting $73,696.67 in business license fees. In May, the department issued 24 business licenses, collecting $1,604.90 in fees.
A department official said Monday the larger than average number of licenses issued and fees collected in June are due to a combination of licenses issued for new businesses and the renewals of licenses by existing businesses. The official pointed out that June and July are the months that most existing businesses in the city renew their licenses.
Also in June, the planning department issued 156 permits for and collected $4,281 in fees on commercial and residential repair projects with a combined value of $708,460. In May, the department issued 147 permits and collected $4,172.50 in fees on projects with a combined value of $727,135.
The projects in June included:
• Ten building permits for $510 on $85,621 worth of commercial repairs.
• One building permit for $50 on a $2,100 demolition project.
• One hundred and thirty-two building permits for $3,480 on $603,048 worth of residential repairs.
• Two building permits for $30 on $2,075 worth of signage.
• One electrical permit for $50 on a $3,000 commercial repair project.
• Four electrical permits for $86 on $2,665 worth of residential repairs.
• One commercial occupancy permit.
• Five plumbing permits for $75 on $9,951 worth of residential repairs.
The department also conducted two plan reviews as well as six building inspections, three electrical inspections, two plumbing inspections, and one heating/air conditioning inspection.
In addition, the department conducted all regular building, mechanical, electrical, gas and plumbing inspections. The department also took pictures of nuisances, posted properties, patrolled the city every day for business license and code violations, and picked up illegal signs posted within the city’s municipal limits.
There were also four on-site meetings with property owners and/or contractors as follows ups to complaints.
The department also reported three demolitions in progress including structures at 117 W. Main St. (the Old Bridal Shop) and 908 S. Ravenscroft St. being demolished by their owners. The third project is the structure at 102 Ravenscroft St. for which the city has taken bids for its demolition and the removal of the debris.
The department issued 10 nuisance and code violation letters for overgrown grass, abandoned vehicles, signs and condemned structures.