CRD/city sign inspection contract

Building inspection services will be provided for the City of Williams Lake by the CRD.

Building inspection services will be provided for the City of Williams Lake by the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) now that a contract has been signed between the two levels of local government.

The move comes after the City has experienced difficulties recruiting a building inspector since the position was vacated in January 2011.

In fact, said Coun. Sue Zacharias, the City has had four building inspectors between 2006 to 2011.

Contract costs will total around $40,000 annually, which will save the City over $60,000, and the City will only pay for services rendered.

“By signing the contract, the City can still provide a high level of building inspection services, while keeping costs to the City taxpayer low,” Zacharias said, adding the City wants to make it clear that it is open for business and encourages new development.

The CRD has three building inspectors on staff, managed by a qualified Level 3 inspector.

“By realizing opportunities to provide shared services, residents of the Cariboo Chilcotin will be able to receive the best in possible service delivery, in a cost effective and efficient manner,” said CRD Central Cariboo Co-Chair Joan Sorley.

The contract is on an interim temporary basis where either party can opt out within 90 days’ notice.