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Task Force hands over final report to Mecklenburg County Building Development Commission

CHARLOTTE – The task force assigned by the county’s Building Development Commission has reported its final recommendations on 19 “action items” that were identified by BDC members and the Code Enforcement Department in response to complaints the department has  received about its performance.

The BDC, which advises the county’s Code Enforcement Department and has played an active role in the department’s improvement process since the complaints were received, was scheduled to go over the task force’s report in February, but the meeting was canceled due to inclement weather. Jim Bartl, code enforcement director, walked BDC members through the report at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Bartl hit the highlights of the report, and the BDC gave the code enforcement department the go-ahead to implement a strategy for one of the action items, the recommendations for special inspections procedures that were suggested by the task force. Most of the 18 recommendations had to do with Meck-SI, the county’s special inspections online management system.

The changes are scheduled to be completed by September 2015, according to the task force’s report.

The task force’s recommendations include adding emails that notify inspections management teams when inspectors schedule preconstruction meetings; allowing several documents to be uploaded to Meck-SI at once as opposed to only one at a time, which the report says causes “significant time delays”; and reducing the frequency with which authorized special inspectors are required to change their Meck-SI password because it’s causing them to get locked out of the system.

The next of the recommended action items the BDC will work toward are evaluating and making suggestions to the Code Enforcement Department about revising its contractor pass-rate incentives program and revising the department’s current policy on the amount of time allocated for inspections to be based on a project’s size.

The BDC plans to put together a subcommittee made up of BDC members and industry professionals to tackle those two initiatives, but Bartl said after the meeting Tuesday that the subcommittee wouldn’t be put together until after the Code Enforcement’s Department presented its budget to the BDC on March 17.

The other 18 action items addressed by the task force were divided into four categories: quick wins, top priorities, future improvements and key investments. Of those items, five have been implemented – one of which was the creation of the task force – and five are ongoing initiatives. The remaining nine are still in the planning stages.

The task force, called the AE-GC-Builder Task force, was comprised of local architects, engineers, general contractors, BDC members and code enforcement staff members. Members of the task force met 10 times between Sept. 25 and Feb. 5, and compiled its meeting notes and recommendations into a 223 page report, which can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/1Fu3cdy

A task force assigned by the Mecklenburg County Building Development Commission to help implement changes in the county's development services created a timeline for 19 "action items" it recommended for the Code Enforcement Department in response to complaints the department has received about its processes.

A task force assigned by the Mecklenburg County Building Development Commission to help implement changes in the county’s development services created a timeline for 19 “action items” it recommended for the Code Enforcement Department in response to complaints the department has received about its processes.

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