NEWS STAFF REPORTER
A part-time electrical inspector will be hired by the Town of West Seneca to provide more direct service to the community, as well generate the fees now being paid to a Cortland-based contractor.
During their work session Monday afternoon, lawmakers reviewed a proposal by John Gullo, head of the Code Enforcement Department, to hire someone to start in January. New York Atlantic-Inland has served as the town’s designated electrical inspection service for several years.
Gullo pointed to an increasing number of building permits, particularly since 2011.
Last year, there were 1,398 building permits issued, and hundreds of them – for pools/accessory structures; residential additions/alterations; and signs – also required electrical permits and inspections.
Atlantic-Inland and its subcontractors have been collecting those fees. “We get nothing,” Gullo said.
Among the benefits of having an inspector in-house will be reducing the waiting period on final inspections, so that certificates of occupancy can be issued in a more timely fashion, Gullo said.
Fee schedules from several municipalities, as well as Atlantic-Inland, were considered in coming up with a proposal for West Seneca.
Using numbers that mirror those charged by the City of Tonawanda, Gullo said West Seneca could see gross revenues of almost $59,000, based on the number of electrical permits issued in 2013.
The part-time inspector’s job would be 19 hours a week, or on an as-needed basis, Gullo said. He suggested a pay rate of $18 to $19 an hour.
After Councilman Bill Hanley Jr. asked if they could find someone for that amount, Gullo said the rate could go as high as $20 an hour.
Gullo was given the go-ahead Monday to finalize the fee schedule and other details. The plan is to advertise the job in November and interview candidates in December.
Interviewers would include Gullo, someone from the Town Board and a representative of an electricians’ union.