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|Permits, inspections still on Police Jury agenda|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday night to continue its study into providing building permits and inspections for commercial and residential projects parishwide.
At the regular meeting Monday night, jurors asked Matt Johns, Director of Operations for the Rapides Area Planning Commission (RAPC), to provide additional information to the Policy Committee concerning the inspection program.
Johns said the commission handles permit work for several parishes, including Vernon, Rapides, Grant, LaSalle and Catahoula.
"We want to mainstream our building permit process," said juror Whest Shirley.
Juror Randy Temple said the Jury needed to compare RAPC's rates to those received recently from Louisiana ITBS (Institute for Building Technology & Safety).
Jurors will have to make a decision soon to upgrade its permitting and inspection process due to guidelines imposed by the state following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Greg Blount said ITBS has certified inspectors for both commercial and residential projects involving electrical, mechanical, plumbing and energy requirements for home and businesses. Blount said a residential plans examiner is now required by law.
Johns said RAPC's rates and service are similar to ITBS's, but noted that RAPC will additionally inspect work in progress.
RAPC has collected more than $12,000 in permit fees in the parish thus far this year, including $6,034 in commercial fees for addition work and $6,423.21 for four new residential projects.
On a motion by juror Joe Parker Jr., the Jury voted to have the Policy Committee consider proposals from both agencies.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Approved the payment of invoices from Louisiana Forensics for Lawyer Hills, $1,000; Gregory Connor, $1,550; and Lonnie Williams, $1,550.
-- Approved fund transfers of $2,000 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund; $5,000 from the Drainage Maintenance Fund to the General Fund; $48,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund; and $50,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Drainage Maintenance Fund.
-- Voted to hold only one regular meeting in December.
-- Agreed to hold the annual safety meeting at Duck's Nest on Dec. 16, 2008.
-- Voted to begin anew efforts to condemn or have the owner repair an abandoned home in Concordia Park.
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