The Galt City Council is expected to authorize City Manager Jason Behrmann to move forward with a $35,000 purchase order for services to review planning documents.
If approved at tonight’s regular council meeting, 4LEAF, Inc., would be paid to verify that building plans submitted to the city are consistent with state and local building codes. Builders need to get their plans approved before they can start construction, Behrmann said.
“We do some plan (checking) in house, and we send some out,” he said.
The contract with 4LEAF has been in place since 2009.
Using an outside agency is common for cities, according to Behrmann.
“It’s more cost effective because the plan check work depends on the level of development activity,” he said. Additionally, the fees are paid entirely by developers.
If the city were to hire employees to do plan checking and development activity slowed, the city would not have any fees to pay their salaries, according to Behrmann.
“If you contract it out, you only pay for the work provided with the fees you collect,” he said.
Tonight, city council members are also scheduled to:
- Approve supplemental funding for demolition of the Jaycee Building, which was found to require additional abatement.
- Receive an update from Mayor Marylou Powers on the city’s strategic plan.
- Discuss in closed session the civil lawsuit filed against the city by employee Boyce Jeffries.
The Galt City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
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