Commissioner Bill Hutson opened the Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Commissioner Adam Friedrick and Commissioner Pat Geissman were also in attendance. Mr. Hutson noted that the Public Hearing was for the purpose of reviewing and receiving comments to the Medina County Building Regulations proposed amendments. This was the first public hearing held for this purpose.
The attendance sheet is attached with the following people in attendance:
Acting Chief Building Official Richard Nelson reviewed a summary of the proposed amendments which include the following changes to the Medina County Building Regulations:
- Delete Appendix 1 Standards for Pole Type Construction. The current edition of the Residential Code of Ohio now has pole framing standards.
- Delete Work Rules. The code generally outlines how and when things need done. Elementary rules are unnecessary.
- Delete Suspension of Contractor Registrations. This is not practical and has not been done in over a decade, if ever. This is for if someone is abusing their registration.
- Combine Commercial and Residential Appeals Board. This makes the application fee $100.00 for either and is more justifiable and fair to applicants; the previous appeal fee was $300.
- General cleanup and streamline of all sections.
- Reduce Re-Inspection Fee to $50.00. This reflects actual and reasonable cost and not to be so punitive to the contractors. Currently at $75.00 but rarely is used due to unfair amount.
- Revision of Commercial Plan Review Fees. Easier to use for all applicants and helpful for the upcoming online application process.
- Reduce Sprinkler and Alarm Permit Fee. Feel that the amount has been unfair for these permits. The new plan review fee change proposed actually collects some additional upfront monies which replaces some
(but not all) of the reduced revenue. Estimated revenue reduction is $7,000-$8,000 per year.
- Proposed effective date is April 1, 2018.
There was no public comment.
Mr. Hutson asked if there were any other comments, questions or concerns. There being none, Mr. Friedrick moved to adjourn the public hearing; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Geissman. There was no discussion. Roll call showed all the commissioners voting AYE. The meeting adjourned at 9:02 a.m.