Scott will inspect buildings

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Bob Fischer, Scott Building Inspector/code enforcement officer, has a plan to inspect every public building within three years, and now he has the updated tools to help him.

Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 28 to adopt three new ordinances governing building, demolition and grading/sign permits, as well as certificates of occupancy and fees for zoning hearing board and conditional use hearings. Also included were provisions of the 2009 Property Maintenance Code and the 2009 International Fire Code.

"There are a multitude of life safety issues in Scott Township that need to be addressed and this gives me the latitude to do it," Mr. Fischer said after the meeting.

Some of the codes had not been updated since 2003, he noted, adding that the township now is in synchronization with the International Building Code, as well as more in line with the state and other local communities.

Adjustments in fees were made, too, to keep up with the times.

For example, the building permit fee for a $150,000 project will cost 3 percent of the construction cost plus a $15 administration fee. Zoning and conditional use hearings for residential properties will be $300 and $500 for nonresidential properties. Reviews of residential and commercial subdivision or land development plans will require $5,000 to be held in an escrow account that will be replenished at the township's request.

Commissioner Bill Wells complimented Mr. Fischer's work on the new ordinances.

"I think you did a tremendous job on that," he said, to which Commissioners' President David Jason added, "I concur."

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:

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