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Congratulations to Jay on his retirement. His commitment to the people of Steamboat Springs and Routt County will be impossible to match. Many thanks to Jay for his service!
Ask about looking at privatization of regional building department services in "the light of day".
In response to Scott's first comment, the oversight committee is composed of two county reps and three from the city. The city is going to put the private company into the Elkins building, at no cost. According to the SAFEBuilt proposal rent will be negotiated later. Just the records from 1972 forward to today will fill that building. Accessibility could also be a problem.
Scott's comments about overhead are an issue, but the gorilla in the room is, "How does profit figure into the building department function." The courts have determined that a building department can only collect fees to cover the costs of providing services.
Fred is correct, institutional knowledge (legacy)will be lost with a new staff. SAFEbuilt's proposal includes E&O insurance.
The regional building department did increase fees in 2009. We did this with the recommendation of the building department oversight committee along with approvals of the Commissioners, Council and Towns with the caveat that we would reduce fees if reserves increased. Please note that we raised fees from the UBC 1985 fee schedule to the 1997 fee schedule. With the slight upswing in construction now is the time to invest in increased and better services in any department that can link into a new web based software. With cost sharing we can keep it reasonable for the involved departments. The building department doesn't have any control over use taxes, city fees, tap fees, etc.
The move to privatization is being driven by the city. The county understands that one building department is best for the industry. If privatization is to be considered there needs to be a plan in place in case it doesn't work. There may not be good options to return to a local agency with local oversight.
Building department services are paid by the permit holders. This has been true since 1998. The building department even pays rent and other overhead costs associated with department operations. No public funds are used.
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