BELDING — Members of Belding City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to enter into a one-year contract with Associated Governmental Services (AGS).
According to City Manager Bruce Brown, AGS will be contracted for the reviewing and approval of all building permits and for work performed by contractors and sub-contractors in the city.
Brown said the switch from current in-house Building Official Don Eady to AGS was made in an effort to quell complaints and enter into proper compliance.
Eady, a captain with the Belding Fire Department, is only available three days a week when he is at the fire station to also handle the building official responsibilities, which he receives no extra compensation for.
Brown said the one-year contract will allow the city to eventually hire a contractor who is properly certified and available each weekday.
Brown said the goal is to eventually find someone local, as currently AGS’s services are run through Ionia County, requiring Belding-area contractors to submit building permits in person in Ionia.