Municipal Units Working Together To Lower Wait Times For Building Inspections *Corrected

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:31 AM

*Updated 5:00am November 1, 2017

*In a previous version we reported the five municipalities had already entered in a memorandum of understanding and a joint services agreement. That was not correct. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is working on drafting an MOU. The five units are exploring the option of a joint services agreement on sharing building inspection services and have shown interest in having the process move forward.

We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.

Lunenburg County municipalities are hoping to reduce building inspection times.

The five units are exploring entering into a joint services agreement.

Mayor of Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says this would be another instance of cooperation within the region.

"From animal control to our waste service delivery. There's a multitude of different agreements that we operate under currently."

Bolivar-Getson says they hope to streamline the process.

"[A] two year period to see how the service will work and to look at uniform processes. And move forward with trying to deliver inspections in a timely and more efficient manner."

Bolivar-Getson says its difficult to find people with the expertise to become an inspector and it makes sense to use their services wisely.

She says due to the large region municipalities cover, sometimes it's easier to have staff from one unit perform work in another municipality that may be physically closer.

A memorandum of understanding will be drafted by the MODL council and Bolivar-Getson hopes the shared inspections will begin soon.