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Nate Young, the county’s building inspector, said the buildings and inspections department needed enough staff to keep up with demand and not slow development. The current number of inspectors is unable to provide the same level of customer service that the construction community expects from the department and an additional inspector, vehicle and equipment are needed, Young told supervisors.
Young said that in 2016, his first year in the position, the county issued 66 single-family housing permits. Last year it rose to 104 permits and is on track to hit 120 this year, he said.
“We’re busier,” he said of his office’s workload.
Burying power lines, a move that would improve the aesthetics of Madison Heights, and other ideas such as an aquatics center, water park, multigenerational community center for underserved youth, regional sports complex and a open-air cinema were mentioned by county department heads as a means of enhancing the county.
Finding ways to generate income for the county, investing in water and sewerage infrastructure, and strategically planning activities and attractions for youth and the community were among the initiatives discussed by advice during the workshop. Supervisors also discussed the need to retain quality employees and prevent them from going elsewhere.
“I want to keep my finger on the pulse of our staff salaries,” Martin said.