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DeKalb leaders to discuss building inspections

Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 11:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 11:22 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council is slated to discuss its building inspection program during its Committee of the Whole meeting at 5 p.m. Monday.

Aldermen will listen to and discuss a presentation about building inspections, which the city decided to outsource this year. The meeting will be at DeKalb City Hall, 200 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb.

City officials placed three building department employees on paid leave earlier this year while reviewing the future of the department. The city entered into an agreement with SAFEbuilt USA in May to provide permit and building inspection services while officials planned their next move.

In late June, DeKalb city leaders approved separation agreements with the building supervisor and two building inspectors. As part of the city's budget plan, it will permanently outsource the building department responsibilities and hire two part-time property maintenance inspectors.

Meanwhile it has a temporary contract with SAFEbuilt, which could last for a year but also allows the parties to terminate the agreement with 30 days' notice.

Under the contract, the city pays SAFEbuilt 75 percent of plumbing and building permit fees as well as a one-time $1,000 payment for new permitting software. Under the contract, a SAFEbuilt inspector also is expected to hold office hours at DeKalb City Hall for two hours a day, three days a week.

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