WINFIELD | The Winfield Town Council has adopted a quartet of new ordinances that affect residential property owners and businesses.
One of the ordinances changes the zoning map for the east side of Randolph Street effective immediately.
When the town annexed the property in 1997, the area was zoned as general commercial. However, residents in this section of Winfield have found it difficult to refinance their homes because of that zoning designation, officials said.
The new ordinance that changes the zoning to low density residential was previously reviewed by the Winfield Plan Commission and received a favorable recommendation.
All town council members immediately signed the zoning change, a copy of which will be provided to all residents of that area so they can provide it to their financial institutions.
A second ordinance increases the fees charged for building and zoning re-inspections of residential and commercial properties, often known as “red tag fees." This ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Re-inspections of residential properties now carry a $50 flat fee while those for properties with commercial, limited manufacturing and agriculture zoning now have a $80 flat fee.
The third new ordinance deals with registration of contractors doing business in Winfield. It adds an administrative fee of $25 to cover expenses the town incurs during the registration process of both existing and new contractors.
The ordinance also lists the fee for new registrations as $100. Contractors renewing their registration with the town pay $50.
There also is a $20 fee charged for any returned check.
These changes take effect on Nov. 1.
A fourth ordinance governs the issuance of business licenses through the clerk-treasurer’s office.
The licensing fee of $75 will be charged. Not-for-profit groups, such as religious organizations, will be exempt from the annual licensing fee as long as a copy of the tax exemption certificate is provided with the application.