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Commissioner’s Corner: By John Caywood

July 1, 2018

I have been closely monitoring the permitting levels this month. We are approximately 1500 permits higher than last year at this time. This is good for our local economy, but challenging to meet the demands of the local builders. What is ACBD doing to meet the level of service required? Here is a breakdown:

  1. We have an intern from IVY Tech for the summer. Joe Fitzgerald is our intern and just passed his commercial contracting license in May. I am impressed with his knowledge and professionalism already. The first week alone including two days of training netted over 40 roof inspections.
  2. Cross training of all inspectors has begun. This is limited to residential concrete and some partial framing. For residential contractors, the thought was that if we are in an addition and a contractor flagged us down on a concrete inspection or another minor structural inspection, we should be able to accommodate them. This is in the trial stage so please be patient with us.
  3. We hope to be fully staffed once again by July 9th in both commercial and residential departments.
  4. We have improved our online permit issuance times since being fully staffed. Our average permit count to be processed used to be around 180 and we have been averaging 20-60 permits waiting in May. We hope to continue to offer more-timely turnaround online.

We are also preparing for offering training sessions in the near future if the 2018 Code is approved. More to come on this.

Sincerely,

John Caywood
Building Commissioner

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