Business owners charged for mandatory annual fire inspections in Lyndon Fire District

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 4, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 4 at 1:07 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –  Business owners in the Lyndon Fire District are being slapped with fees for mandatory, annual fire inspections.

Glenview Pointe Shopping Center owner Dan Kessler said a fire inspector came by his plaza on Thursday to do the routine checks at his office and the businesses in the center.  Kessler said the inspector only stayed for about 10 minutes and then left him with a couple hundred dollars worth of charges.

“An hour later I get emailed an invoice, or two invoices, $100 for this space and $100 for a little common hallway," said Kessler.

Businesses in the center tell WHAS11 the same thing happened to them. The fire department fees were implemented in July after approval from the fire district’s board and other surrounding town councils. The inspection fees are listed in a district resolution.

“Well, when I started reading through the fee schedule, they don't even follow their own fee schedule," said Kessler.

Kessler was charged double for the rate that an office his size should fall under, according to the fee schedule listed in the resolution.

“If that is what happened I’m very willing to sit down with him and look at it and we'll adjust it. We will make it right for him," said Major John Stich.

Stich said he can also adjust the price that Kessler was charged for the hallway inspection.

“I can combine that. The intent is not to keep charging for the same thing over and over. So, that's certainly something that can be taken care of,” said Stich.

Kessler also voiced concern over the amount of money that he paid to the district in taxes last year, in addition to this year’s new inspection fee.

“We paid just under $7,000 last year. It seems to me that you should be able to get an annual inspection out of that for $7,000,” said Kessler.

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