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Kendall, Yorkville could share building inspectors

Updated: February 19, 2013 1:56PM

YORKVILLE — The Kendall County state’s attorney’s office is studying the possibility the county government and the city of Yorkville could share some building inspection services.

The unprecedented cooperation could save both entities money — if it turns out to be legal, said Brian Holdiman, Kendall County’s code compliance officer.

“Right now, it’s just a concept,” he said.

Due to budget restraints brought on by the economy during the past few years, both Kendall County and Yorkville have one building inspector. When either of them is sick or on vacation, the county or the city has to hire an outside service to conduct inspections.

Under Holdiman’s idea, either he or Pete Ratos, Yorkville’s inspector, would cover inspections for the other.

“The idea is it would just be an exchange, without any money involved,” Holdiman said.

Holdiman said he has discussed the idea with Ratos, and Bart Olson, Yorkville’s city administrator, and Jeff Wilkins, county administrator, also have talked it over.

Holdiman brought the idea to the County Board’s Planning, Building and Zoning Committee, and got a favorable endorsement there. The state’s attorney’s office is studying the idea now, and possibly coming up with an intergovernmental agreement.

Holdiman said the two governmental entities have slightly different codes, but both inspectors could become familiar with each other’s codes.

Right now, Yorkville has adopted the 2009 version of a national building code, and the county has adopted a 2006 version.

“But we are both looking at adopting the 2012 version,” Holdiman said. “The differences we have are really pretty minor.”

The idea would not cover plumbing code inspections, because those require a special license. Currently, Kendall contracts with an outside inspector for those inspections.

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