BEATRICE – The Chief Building Inspector for the City of Beatrice says it may be time for a departmental name change, that better reflects what the city inspections department does.
Rob Mierau gave a presentation before the Mayor and City Council Monday night…the first in a series of departmental presentations aimed at making elected leaders more familiar with the inner-workings of city government.
:18 “making it better”
In addition to building inspections and plan reviews, the department has a code enforcement officer and an administrative assistant focusing on planning and zoning matters.
The Chief Building Inspector position has been one of high turnover for several years, but Mierau has now been the longest-running top official in the office. He credits that to a push to fairly apply the rules for every contractor or project.
:26 “those processes”
The newest part of the office, Code Enforcement, is likely the one to generate the most conflict. Code enforcement Office Chet McGrury handled over twelve-hundred complaint cases the past year…with some of the worst shown to the mayor and city council Monday night in a series of photos.
:20 “so much time”
In the past three years, Mierau says the department has been able to begin action on 80 dilapidated properties.
Mierau says a guiding principle for his office is, “be firm, fair and consistent”, when working with local builders.