West Bend staff
established a series of initiatives designed to make it more
convenient for contractors to obtain permits from the city —
indirectly hoping to promote development projects in the area.
In two news
releases published in January, West Bend officials announced that
developers can submit their plumbing plans for building inspection
crews to review when planning to build commercial property in area,
as well as offering individuals the option to submit their proposed
building projects digitally.
communities in the state have plumbing plan review authority,”
Administrator Jay Shambeau said. “We have had it historically here
in West Bend. We lost it when our building superintendent resigned
and went to the private sector, then got it back when he hired Todd
(Meeks). He is fully licensed to maintain that plumbing plan
Meeks is the
superintendent for West Bend, and oversees the permitting process
related to building inspections.
According to the
news release dated Jan. 29, the city received agent municipality
status for plumbing plan review effective Dec. 7. Plans for
facilities constructed within West Bend are available for review,
which consists of plans for the work, a water calculations sheet,
drawings of the system and water distribution piping with sizes.
To receive that
authorization, Meeks attended a session with state employees to
review the requirements for the review. His additional credential
represents an added convenience for those tendering plan documents
to the city.
“What that means
is that it is a significant time saver for commercial entities that
are building in West Bend,” Shambeau said. “If I am building a new
Kwik Trip in West Bend, or the new Starbucks is a better example
because it just literally happened, because we have a plumbing plan
reviewer onsite, we can review those plans in house.”
it could be a month before contractors receive approval for their
plans whereas city officials can review it within a couple of weeks.
announced they will offer a digital review of constructing plans for
“I brought that
to the city when I got here last year,” Meeks said. “They were just
having contractors come in and contractors would always have to
submit three sets of plans. They would have to bring in all their
paperwork when they came in.”
The copy of the
plans is kept at city hall while another goes to the fire
department. The final copy remains with the contractor.
implemented a software program that allows them to review the plan
that contractors had to submit via pdf. Multiple copies can be made
to provide to fire personnel and another to be kept in house.
“I decided to go
digital because, one they are making multiple trips here,” Meeks
said of the contractors. “Now they have to make one trip here and
that is after we review it.”