by TONY EVANS
The Hailey City Council decided Monday to contract with the State Department of Building Safety for building permit reviews and inspections. The decision followed notice from building official Wayne Orvick that he would step down after next week.
Community Development Director Micah Austin recommended that the city use the state services, as does the city of Ketchum. Austin said the state agency would use electronic building plan reviews, saving contractors many trips to City Hall.
“They just have to fill it out and press ‘send,’” Austin said.
Under the new plan, local building inspections would be completed by Bellevue resident Cedric Knehans.
Austin said the change would bring increased efficiency at the Hailey Building Department.
“There will be someone available to contractors eight hours per day by telephone,” he said. “The city will save money and deliver the same service.”
Final contract negotiations with the state agency are under way and could be completed this month.
In other Hailey news:
The council gave unanimous approval to a parking ordinance change that will allow downtown Hailey businesses to apply for 15-minute-only parking spaces. The change, which goes into effect Oct. 15, will allow for up to two temporary parking spaces per city block.
Mayor Fritz Haemmerle brought the change to the City Council in what he described as an action of “rogue” economic development.
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