• Contract with Monterey is a done deal

    In the face of burgeoning costs for a preferred in-house model, the City of Pacific Grove will instead contract with the city of Monterey for building services

    “This model will cost approximately $150,000 less than an in-house model,” said Jim Becklenberg, Director of Management and Budget. He also indicated in his staff report that a contract service model such as the one be proposed following with the City of Monterey would afford Pacific Grove more flexibility and take less time to implement than would an in-house model.

    Another factor in the decision was the need to provide continued customer service at a level that Pacific Grove’s people have come to expect. The current, interim model uses a contract with Monterey for Chief Building Official services. Monterey also provides plan check services. Building inspection services are provided with an outside company, Precision Inspection company, Inc. City staff performs application intake duties, while every aspect is overseen by the City’s Chief Planner.

    Back in April, the City Council was shown proposals for contract services and opted to accept the proposal from the City of Monterey while continuing the interim plan until now. Becklenberg told the Council that he and staff are confident that Monterey will provide the full range of services requested in Pacific Grove’ request for proposals, and in fact will improve on some areas.

    Monterey will:

    • Staff the building counter at Pacific Grove City Hall with certified building technicians/inspectors from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.
    • Provide service at Monterey city Hall building counter from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    • Chief Building Official will be provided an office and work from Pacific Grove City Hall as needed.
    • Plan check will take place at Monterey City Hall.
    • Pacific Grove performance standards will be met for plan check and building inspection.
    • Pacific Grove’s trained building inspector will become Monterey’s building inspector, offering a seamless transition.
    • Monterey will receive 75 percent of related permit revenue with a minimum of an $84 plan review fee.

    The agreement will be effective from September 1, 2009 through June 30, 2013 with a 180-day termination required. With revenues expected to be $364,000 for fiscal year 2009/10, and a total cost of $402,000 for the contract services, the cost to Pacific Grove would be $129,000 after subtracting $273,000, which represents the 75 percent of the permit revenue retained by Monterey.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 6, 2009

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News, Marge Ann Jameson


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