We have some personnel updates for you this month. County Council approved another commercial inspector position. We have interviewed and this person will start on August 5, 2019. Steve Rannels, our residential inspector, transferred to our property maintenance division. His replacement will start on August 5, 2019 as well. I will name them in the next newsletter. I promised them I would not disclose their names until they were able to give employers proper notice. We now have four staff members in each inspection division. This will help us keep up on inspections as well as give staff time off.
I have had several requests to “get the word out” on changes and updates from the building department. I think this is good advice and sorely needed. We will now get information out several ways:
- Blog posts in the HBA and BCA newsletters;
- Building Department quarterly written newsletter being sent to every license holder on file starting Labor Day; and
- Quarterly building department sessions that will have a specific topic being covered followed by Q/A. These will be attended by our senior inspectors as well.
The first in-person session will take place on August 20, 2019 at Citizens Square, Room 185. Coffee and donuts will be provided. The focus of this session will be on residential inspection updates, including porch framing inspections, garage floor drain requirements, and discussion on taking photos for corrections instead of having an inspector return to the site. I am looking for contractors and/or vendors to sponsor future meeting refreshments if possible.
Be on the lookout for our next Lunch & Learn coming in September with the date and location to be determined. The topic will be useful for Project Managers or Superintendents. We will discuss appropriate time and order of inspections, expectations for foundation pours, as well as what we are looking for when permits are requested.
Don’t forget, voicemails for inspectors are now automatically sent to their emails and can be checked from the field. Inspectors are expected to check their emails at least twice daily.
Allen County Building Commissioner