Build­ing boom hits Clearview Town­ship

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - NEWS - GISELE WIN­TON SARVIS gise­lewin­ton­sarvis@ ya­hoo. com

CLEARVIEW TWP. — The build­ing depart­ment staff in Clearview was run off their feet this sum­mer.

“We’ve had a very strong year,” chief build­ing of­fi­cial Scott McLeod said.

Con­struc­tion val­ues have in­creased 146% and fees have in­creased 205% over last year he re­ported to coun­cil at the Oct. 24 meet­ing. “So that is a good news story.” The build­ing depart­ment re­port showed that by the end of July, 200 per­mits had been tak­ing out as com­pared to 162 at the same time last year and 283 for 2016.

The value of the work this year is $ 64.4 mil­lion as com­pared to $ 18.8 mil­lion last year at the same time. Con­struc­tion val­ues for Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2016 were $ 35.9 mil­lion.

The fees for work done to the end of July was more than $ 732,000 this year as com­pared to $ 204,454 at the same time last year and more than $ 361,000 for all of 2016.

McLeod said the work­load has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly for staff. One staff mem­ber has been ded­i­cated to the largest build­ing project and there was a lot of over­time over the sum­mer.

“All staff have risen to the oc­ca­sion,” said McLeod who added that the vol­ume of per­mits is ta­per­ing off as the win­ter ap­proaches.

Also at the Oct. 24 coun­cil meet­ing, the new prop­erty stan­dards by- law was passed that will come into ef­fect Jan. 1.

The by­law sets min­i­mum stan­dards for main­te­nance and oc­cu­pancy of prop­erty to en­sure that no one is living in an un­safe build­ing.

A prop­erty stan­dards com­mit­tee will be formed and two prop­erty stan­dards of­fi­cers will en­force the new by- law. The build­ing depart­ment staff will be pro­vid­ing sup­port.

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