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December 9, 2013

BNS may land in realm of the fire department

CLINTON — The city’s Building and Neighborhood Services Department could become a division of the Clinton Fire Department on Tuesday.

After months of studying of other options, the Clinton City Council could approve the resolution at its upcoming meeting. If the city approves the resolution, the council will eliminate the position of building inspector and amend the Building and Neighborhood Services official position to building inspector/assistant code official.

The responsibility of Building and Neighborhood Services includes providing inspection services for building permits, investigating nuisance complaints, enforcing parking rules and a multitude of other duties.

Because of the compatible roles of the fire department and Building and Neighborhood Services, City Administrator Jessica Kinser suggested combining the two would be in the best interest of the city.

By combining the two departments, the city will no longer be required to provide out-of-rank pay for the Building and Neighborhood Services official and will make amendments to the budget to remove wages and benefits for the building inspector position.

The committee of the whole also will meet on Tuesday. During the Committee of the Whole meeting, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau director Carrie Donaire will give a presentation and the council will discuss safety director Jeff Chapman’s yearly review and evaluate city attorney Jeff Farwell’s performance.



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