Town may hire village inspector

Company dropped town as a client but committed to handling service for only home under construction
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Town of Belgium Zoning Administrator Charlie Parks may someday become the town’s building inspector, but the municipality needs to fill the position in the meantime.

Belgium’s old building inspection service, SAFEbuilt of Waukesha, let its contract with the town expire in August.

Parks said the company just got a contract to do inspections for the Town of Sheboygan and doesn’t have enough inspectors to keep up with its workload.

“We weren’t the only town to have the plug pulled on us by SAFEbuilt,” he said at September’s Town Board meeting.

Belgium has one building project currently requiring inspection services, which SAFEbuilt will handle, Parks said.

Parks said he would be interested in becoming the town’s building inspector but he still has a full-time job and has to earn state certification online.

“It’s not something that would happen tomorrow,” he said.

In the interim, Town Chairman Tom Winker suggested hiring Village of Belgium Building Inspector Roger Kison, who is fully certified.

Winker has worked with Kison on a $250,000 addition and remodeling project at St. Mark Lutheran Church in the village.

“He’s phenomenal to work with, very easygoing,” Winker said.

Kison told Winker he was willing to help, Winker said.

Village Trustee Clem Gottsacker said he recommended Kison.

“Ever since we’ve had Roger come on for our inspector for several years, we never had a problem with him. He does a great job,” he said.

Supr. Bill Janeshek said he supports the plan.

“I’m all for that. Obviously, we don’t have a ton of building going on,” he said.

But neither Janeshek nor Supr. Tom Bichler have met Kison. Winker suggested inviting him to the October Town Board meeting.

Another option is to have the state do building inspection services, which the town did years ago.

“I’m not sure that’s really an option. I don’t know that we want to go backward in time,” Winker said.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 7.

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