Saturday, November 01, 2014

County waives fee for family whose rural home was destroyed by fire

By The Herald Staff | 5/23/2014

A family who lost their rural Princeton home in an April fire got a helping hand Wednesday from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners waived the building permit fee for Robert and Kathy Sheldon. Though not a formal policy, the county typically approves such waivers when dealing with rebuilding after a fire, Steve Harris, commission chair, said.

A family who lost their rural Princeton home in an April fire got a helping hand Wednesday from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners waived the building permit fee for Robert and Kathy Sheldon. Though not a formal policy, the county typically approves such waivers when dealing with rebuilding after a fire, Steve Harris, commission chair, said.

“I know we don’t have a written policy, but this is pretty much our established practice,” Harris said. “It’s the right thing to do. It’s not a lot of money, but any little bit that can help a person out when they’re going through such a tragedy, when you can assist them, I think it’s the best thing for us to do.”

The Sheldon home at 2192 John Brown Road, about two miles west of Princeton, burned April 15. None of the family members — which include Kathy and Rob Sheldon and their two children, Cole, 18, and Emilee, 14 — were home at the time, though the family’s dogs died in the blaze.

Fire damage from the incident was estimated at $500,000 to $600,000, which included both the house and its contents, according to Herald archives.

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