COUNTY TO HIRE MORE STAFF TO DEAL WITH NORFOLK'S GROWING CONSTRUCTION
7/13/2017 8:04:13 AM
According to Norfolk County Staff, the value of construction this year will hit numbers never seen before.
In 2016, Norfolk's value of construction hit a record $110-million -- this year, staff are forecasting it to his nearly $140-million.
However, the County has a tough time keeping up with all the applications and building permits submitted by developers and contractors.
Top county officials say part of that is because they need more staff to keep up with the workload.
Mayor Charlie Luke says the times have changed and gave a passionate plea to hire more staff to deal with the growing demand.
Councillor John Wells didn't like the idea of hiring new staff.
He says the real issue lies with County's current red tape for developers.
In the end, council voted to add four new staff to the payoff to help keep up with Norfolk's booming construction demand.
Their salaries will total almost $400,000 per year, but nearly 50 percent of their wages covered by construction fees.
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