code officer reports nearly $10 million in construction value
permits for commercial properties
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[December 06, 2008]
Les Last manages the office of
building and safety for the city of Lincoln. According to Mayor Beth
Davis-Kavelman, he has a "thankless" job. She says that when people
walk through his door they generally have a concern or a problem
that they want him to address.
The position makes Last responsible for the "preservation and
improvement of public health." He is responsible for enforcing all
zoning laws and ordinances of the city in regard to building
improvements or new construction. The position requires that he
issue building permits according to city code for new or improved
construction, plus assess and collect fees for the same.
The office is also responsible for reporting zoning or city code
violations to the city attorney, as well as keeping records of those
violations, plus records of all the permits issued, and reporting to
the city council on all of the above.
As required, Last presented
the following information to the mayor and city council members at
the Dec. 1 meeting of the council:
In the last six
months, 290 building permits were issued. Those permits held a
total construction value of $9,730,986 and rendered $15,079 in
fees collected. Of those permits, 30 were for commercial
properties, five were demolitions and three were for
construction of new homes.
The office of
building and safety issued a total of 313 ordinance violations
pertaining to weeds, garbage and vehicles.
Last made four court appearances
concerning ordinance violations and attended two planning
[By NILA SMITH; statistics as
reported by Les Last, Lincoln code enforcement officer]