SHIRLEY — Developer Conrad Donell, of C. Donell Homes Inc., needs a permit to install sewer service at Myles Lane, the new subdivision he’s constructing off Clark Road.

The work entails digging a three-foot-wide trench along a 1,425-foot line of roadway to connect the development to town sewer, said Department of Public Works Director Joseph Lynch.

Based on standard calculations for a seven-foot-wide trench, the permit cost would top $20,000. However, Lynch proposed a reduction to $8,600 since the trench is smaller.

Selectmen took the matter up Oct. 15.

“Whatever the fee, will the outcome be the same?” asked selectmen Chairman Leonardo “Chip” Guercio.

Lynch and Donell said it will. That is, a gutter will be dug and repaved afterward to the center of the road.

“That’s the absolute impact,” Lynch said. “He’s willing to pave to the center line.”

The selectmen agreed to grant the permit and reduce the fee with conditions attached and provided all the necessary work is done.

The board also approved pavement cuts for 16 Leominster Road and 35 Little Turnpike Road to allow Keyspan Energy to install gas lines and connect service to those homes.