Mesa County moves to beef up building inspection

Mesa County shifted two jobs on Monday to clear the way to add two spots to the building department to meet increasing demands from new construction.

The new jobs are in response to the county’s finding that it hadn’t revised its fees since 1988 and a request by the construction industry that the county speed up inspection times so projects can move ahead.

The increased fees will have countywide implications because Mesa County handles building inspections for itself and all the county’s municipalities. The new fee schedule must be approved by Collbran, De Beque, Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade before it goes go into effect and officials hope to complete the tally by the end of this week.

Once in effect, the new fees could bring in between $300,000 and $400,000 in new revenue.

The county already has filled one of the positions, that of a senior plans examiner, with a transfer from within the county. It also is advertising for a building inspector, which will pay between $23.24 and $26.73 per hour. Applications close on Friday.

To make room for the new jobs, the county eliminated two vacant positions in the Tri-River Extension office, so the county’s general fund total of 650 positions is unchanged.


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