Commissioner's Corner by John Caywood, Allen County Building Commissioner
John Caywood

Driveways, Sidewalks, Curb Ramps in Residential Subdivisions

Last week I met with the Allen County Highway Department concerning driveways, sidewalks, and curb ramps in residential subdivisions. I was asked to assist them in reaching out to residential contractors and developers concerning these issues. There are multiple problems with no curb cuts being applied for, no inspections being called in, and sometimes changes being made to forms after the inspections. I know that rules that are on the books, but not enforced in recent times causes people to become complacent. This creates an assumption that those rules are no longer relevant. However, after seeing photos of some really bad curb modifications, it is apparent that brand new streets are already eroding.

I am working with both the HBA and the Highway Department to offer a “Lunch and Learn” before spring 2018 to go over these issues with contractors and developers. My inspectors will pass out flyers to concrete subs next month with information pertaining to Highway Department policies on these issues.

I want to thank those who are utilizing the instant permits for the re-roofs, re-siding, electric change-outs, water heaters, furnaces, and A/C units. My IT staff is working on the commercial side of instant permits this month. In October, there were 153 permits issued instantly. Through November 14th, there were already 200 for the month, which is incredible.

I want to make you aware of Office Manager Shinisha Grayson has been promoted to Risk Manager for Allen County. Her last day at the Building Department will be December 4th. We wish her the best on her promotion. I am aggressively filling her position in the hopes that builders will not be inconvenienced during the transition.


John Caywood
Building Commissioner

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