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Commissioners approve building permit changes

May 1—ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula County Board of Trustees accepted a change to necessities for building permits at a gathering on Tuesday.

The decision accepted by commissioners requires anybody looking for a building permit from the Ashtabula County Building Department to, the place relevant, undergo the county copies of permits from the well being division and the related zoning official.

At a piece session previous to the assembly, Ashtabula County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Hebebrand stated the choice was made in live performance with building division officers.

“The process right now, there’s no way for them to enforce whether or not there’s been a zoning or health department permit issued, when they’re issuing their permitting process,” he stated.

Often, individuals looking for permits will file for zoning and well being permits on the similar time, and the building division will course of the request submitted to them with out realizing whether or not the opposite entities have accepted the permit requests, Hebebrand stated.

“[County commercial buildings official] Dave [Strichko] recommended that the commissioners pass a resolution that would prohibit them from authorizing the work to move forward without those other permits, where applicable, being granted,” he stated.

Under the decision, individuals can nonetheless submit an software with out these two varieties of permits, however earlier than it may very well be accepted, the building division would wish copies of these permits, Hebebrand stated.

County Administrator Janet Discher stated the difficulty is vital, and he or she believes it’s one thing the townships are in favor of.

Commissioners Casey Kozlowski and Kathryn Whittington stated they have been in favor of the transfer.

In different enterprise:

—Ashtabula County Auditor Dave Thomas stated his workplace has found they’ve paperwork on staff working again to the Sixties.

He stated the county Sheriff’s Office, Commissioners’ Office and different places of work might have the same situation.

“Employee termination paper, new hire paper, OPERS information, just essentially a little bit all over the place, in boxes, not organized and not protected, going back to the 60s,” Thomas stated.

He prompt the workplace’s older information be put onto microfilm each few years, however step one for his workplace could be catching as much as the current.

Discher stated some county departments are good at changing everlasting information to microfilm, and a few aren’t.

Thomas stated a quote for $30,000 doesn’t embody some extra paperwork that have been discovered just lately.

“We have a plan, moving forward,” Thomas stated. “We’re starting to scan, we’re starting to collect, to organize these things better moving forward. We’ve started to do that. We just kind of kept everything off to the side, and we’ve started to look at everything and realizing, heaven forbid there’s a fire or a flood.”

County Prosecutor Colleen O’Toole prompt the commissioners submit a request to her workplace to see if the Ohio Revised Code has modified to permit these information to be destroyed.

Thomas stated he would achieve this, however the workplace’s present information retention coverage reveals the entire paperwork as everlasting.

He stated his workplace is attempting to cut back the associated fee in any method they will.

—The board accepted looking for bids for numerous initiatives.

The first was for work on Footville-Richmond Road, with an anticipated value of $1.7 million.

The second was for brand new flooring for county buildings in Jefferson and asbestos remediation on the courthouse, with an anticipated value of $430,000.

The ultimate merchandise was looking for bids for the acquisition of 5 autos for the county Department of Environmental Services.

—Representatives of the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office offered a funds for the workplace’s Victims of Crime Advocate staff on the work session, together with a grant that has been awarded to the county.

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