I would like to start off with some departmental news to share. Assistant Building Commissioner Roger Clark has retired effective August 31st. He declined any type of retirement celebration, so all we can do is wish him well after 21 years of service to Allen County. Plans are underway to post the position in September. The Building Department Board of Directors have given me input individually on some qualities the next Assistant Commissioner should have. We are going to take these suggestions as well as our current priorities of customer service and increased technology for permitting and inspections into consideration when choosing candidates.
August also brought robust discussion of whether Allen County should continue requiring Journeymen on site with all trades. This was the topic of the latest board meeting with no decision to change what is already in the rules and regulations currently. HBA does have a survey I encourage you to participate in and my staff is putting together some statistics for the September board meeting also. My intern is currently calling and visiting subs to get input on business practices and the true scope of the problem. As I just broke ground last week on my personal home in Allen County, I have to say as a consumer, I would feel better on my new home knowing that the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing was completed under the direct supervision of someone who had completed some testing and training appropriate to the trade.
Finally, you may have to “pardon our dust” if you come to visit us in September. County Council approved the greatest portion of our office remodeling. Permits will be issued around the corner in the conference room for a while so our new office can be put in place. I want to thank everyone who showed support for these improvements by speaking or sending letters to the elected officials. I hope to be ready for increased training opportunities on site as we move to the 2018 IRC codes and look at offering testing assistance for those wishing to gain credentials and CEU’s in the building industry.