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Prairie Grove may outsource building inspections to McHenry

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 3:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 12:05 a.m. CDT

PRAIRIE GROVE – Instead of hiring a new part-time building inspector, the Prairie Grove Village Board is looking at outsourcing its inspections to the city of McHenry.

The McHenry City Council is set to vote on the agreement at its meeting Monday evening, and the Prairie Grove Village Board will take it up Tuesday.

Compared to other building code consultants the village looked at, going with the city of McHenry will save on costs, said Village Administrator Jeannine Smith, who is recommending the board approve the agreement.

The city of McHenry will charge property owners $50 an hour for residential projects and $60 an hour for nonresidential projects, according to documents submitted by Deputy City Administrator Doug Martin to the McHenry City Council.

A flat $80 plan review fee also will be charged for any residential project, and the fee for nonresidential projects will be based on the size of the structure, the documents said.

The proposed rates are sufficient to cover employee time, according to a staff analysis.

The additional workload would place a “minimal” burden with “no anticipated adverse impacts” on the Community and Economic Development Department and should also not affect service to McHenry residents, the analysis said. The agreement is not binding long-term.

The city of McHenry does not currently provide these services to other municipalities though other area municipalities such as Woodstock do, City Administrator Derik Morefield said, adding this agreement “made sense,” especially since Prairie Grove is “right next door.”

Prairie Grove issues about 50 to 60 minor permits, three to four new home permits and one to two commercial permits each year, the documents said.

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