Mahoning County commissioners agreed to continue offering building and HVAC inspection services in Youngstown for $60 per inspection.
Commissioners John A. McNally IV and Anthony Traficanti voted in favor of the agreement. Commissioner Carol Rimedio Righetti was not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.
The agreement will be for six months beginning July 1 or until the city and county reach an agreement to consolidate the city’s building inspections department with the county’s department.
The city’s board of control must still approve the agreement before it is finalized. The board of control, composed of the mayor, law director and finance director, is expected to vote on the agreement Thursday.
McNally said he does not see any problems with the board of control voting in favor of the agreement since the fee structure is still $60 per inspection. There was talk of increasing the fee to $100 per inspection, but that was set aside in favor of talks of consolidating the departments.
“For us, the most important thing is to see concrete dates for discussion of consolidation. There are dates in the agreement that are good for us and good for the city,” McNally said.
Under the terms of the agreement, the city and county will enter into discussion of permanent consolidation by Oct. 1. The agreement calls for the approval of an agreement on consolidation by Feb. 1, 2013. The consolidation under that future agreement, however, would not actually take place until June 2013.
The inspection agreement says that if the county and city fail to reach an agreement on consolidation, the agreement for county inspections will end Feb. 4, 2013.
McNally said consolidating the city and county building inspection efforts will be more efficient for both sides. He said the county already does inspections for the townships as well as the cities of Campbell and Struthers.
“The city has lost people in that department and this is work that [the county] can take on. Consolidating them is just efficient for the city and the county,” McNally added. “It’s a win for both sides.”