Three hours into a four-hour meeting Wednesday night, the Sheridan County Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding a resolution of Sheridan County's intent to amend building standards pertaining to county-wide building code enforcement and electrical inspection as condition of procuring a permit. County Public Works Director Rod Liesinger gives us the background.
Several contractors were present for the hearing, and most indicated opposition to this resolution. Several voiced concern over the timing of the resolution, saying that proposing high-cost inspection fees in a slumping economy and slow construction climate is a bad idea. Others felt the proposal to be unenforceable.
But others, like Big Horn Homebuilders Association president John Sidel with Cosner Construction, view the possibility as necessary. He told the Commission that at least yearly he receives reports from county homeowners who had work done on their homes which amounted to inferior quality at high cost.
After the hearing, the Commission held a discussion. Commissioner Mike Mellgren said that as a former home appraiser in the County,he's noticing that mortgage companies nationwide are beginning to require that all potential home buyers provide proof that homes have been inspected before they'll finalize any lending.
The Planning Commission finally voted to postpone any further decision until more feedback can be gathered.
Wednesday night's hearing was the 5th informational meeting to be held – Liesinger has given presentations in Clearmont, Story, Big Horn and Dayton. Liesinger says.
We will let you know when further public meetings will be held. A final special meeting is scheduled for June 16th.
Meantime, if you have any questions concerns, you can call the County Public Works Department at (307) 674-2920.