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File #: 170863.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 2/23/2018 In control: City Manager
On agenda: 3/15/2018 Final action: 3/15/2018
Title: Department of Doing Requests to Add Staff and Budget Additional Funding for Professional Services (B) A request to approve a change to the FY 18 budget for the Department of Doing Building Division to add personnel and increase the funding for professional services.
Attachments: 1. 170863A_Building Division Budget Amendment_20180315, 2. 170863B_Department of Doing Org Chart_20180315
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Department of Doing Requests to Add Staff and Budget Additional Funding for Professional Services (B)

A request to approve a change to the FY 18 budget for the Department of Doing Building Division to add personnel and increase the funding for professional services.

Explanation

The Building Division is funded through an Enterprise Fund.  The fund requires that fees paid by users are utilized to pay for the service provided.  Building division budgets, by necessity, are generally very fluid; in times of high growth the budget increases in order to meet the needs of the customers.  The City is experiencing high levels of building development.  Unlike any time in the past, we have many multi-story buildings under construction, in permit review, or seeking development approval through the site plan process.  Currently there are ten projects in the entitlement process that have four or more stories.  We have conducted first step meetings on another six projects with plans for multi-story buildings.  In addition, subdivision plats recently approved or seeking approval will create 751 residential lots.  

The division has been successful in filling seven positions in the last year and both inspectors and plans examiners are cross training to gain additional certifications.  Multiple certifications provide the flexibility to fill gaps in demand by allowing one employee to perform multiple inspections or plan reviews.  The team has been remarkable in its commitment to meeting increasing demands.  And yet, demand for service exceeds the capacity of our current staff.

The Building Division is seeking allocation of the Enterprise Fund for the following:

Approval to change all current inspector positions to Inspector IV positions.  Please see attached organizational chart and budget amendment details.  This change is being requested in order to facilitate the promotion of inspectors who pass the state certification test(s).  In response to a critical sho...

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