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Baldwin Borough posts code enforcement officer position

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Baldwin Borough officials are casting a net for a code enforcement officer.

Council members on Tuesday agreed to advertise a job opening for an in-house code enforcement/zoning officer and seek a third-party building inspection, code enforcement and zoning administration company to do the work.

Both motions passed in 6-0 votes, with Councilman John “Butch” Ferris absent.

“What we're in the process of doing now is determining which of those two may best meet our needs, or a combination of those two,” Councilman Francis Scott said. “The goal is to decrease our current expenses and hopefully increase borough income through this process.”

The borough of 20,000 people has had a part-time, third-party code enforcement officer for several years, after council members in 2010 terminated a contract with Construction Inspection Inc. and in-house code enforcement officer Fred Kinder.

They hired Building Inspection Underwriters to conduct Uniform Construction Code inspections to provide code enforcement services, which includes inspections for the more than 1,700 apartments and 300 businesses — all in 2.5 days a week.

“They're in essence part-time,” Scott said.

Borough officials have said they need a full-time code enforcement officer, maybe with additional help. Having the code enforcement officer work as a borough employee would be ideal, borough Manager John Barrett said.

“We're not shy in admitting our preference would be an in-house person,” Barrett said. “But we're not going to hire someone unless they're a good fit for us.”

As a borough employee, a code enforcement officer can work hand-in-hand with other employees on a daily basis.

Money is collected from property owners for the inspections done by BIU.

The borough pays BIU about $110,000 annually for its work. That is based on the volume of inspections done, Barrett said.

A borough employee would be paid less, but the salary will be determined based on a candidate's experience, Barrett said.

Apartments coming

Council on Tuesday accepted a developers agreement with A.R. Building Co. to allow for the construction of 129 apartments to be built on a vacant lot off of Bliss Drive and Curry Hollow Road.

Plans for the three-building, four story apartment complex to be built on the now grassy hillside next to Route 51 were presented to leaders more than a year ago.

The agreement, which still needs to be approved by A.R. Building representatives, would require construction vehicles to use Bliss Drive to access the site, Barrett said.

Hours for construction also are stipulated.

“If they sign off on this, they can start work tomorrow,” he said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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