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April 18, 2017
Here are brief summaries of significant matters impacting the design and construction community on which the Building-Development Commission and the Code Enforcement Department have focused from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017:
1. FY18 Budget Proposal
In February, 2017 the Department began work with
the BDC developing the FY18 budget proposal; this effort concluded in the BDC’s
March 21, 2017 meeting, where the FY18 budget expense and revenue proposal was
reviewed and was accepted unanimously by a formal vote of the BDC. In this process, the BDC’s Budget
Subcommittee worked with Department leadership addressing a number of budget
related issues, including forecast of plan review and inspection service demand
for FY18, as well as, the assessment of near term and long term technology
initiatives and development necessary to support the Department.
2. Mega Team Realignment
The Mega Team realignment is in its final phase with transfer of positions near completion. We are planning a soft rollout on July 1st. Projects that are currently assigned to OnSchedule and the former Mega Team will be transferred once the project review is complete. We will continue to work in collaboration with design teams as we move forward. Our strategy is to finish with a hard rollout in September when all training has been completed. Currently, 18 Code Enforcement Officials have been selected for the new Mega Team. We will follow-up with a report to the BDC in October.
3. Technology Enhancements
January 2017, ITS began
initiating steps to move forward with backlogged requests for modifications and
changes. Criteria used to facilitate the
alignment of requests were public facing technology, BDC priority, team velocity,
3rd party vendor availability and financial impact. Strategy for rollout of enhancements are
being made possible through Scrum sprints.
Scrum sprints are regular, repeatable work cycles in which work is
completed and review within a 30-day period.
Sprints 1 and 2 were completed w/in the first quarter. Various enhancements within these sprints
include; ability for contractor to see closed permits, advanced filter search
functionality, auto-notify, E-Plan submittal enhancements, RTAP project holds
and approved as noted outcomes, CTAC/RTAC customer notifications, online permit
application for residential swimming pools, the allowance of sub-trades for
mechanical or plumbing internet permit applications; just to name a few.
4. Building with our Veterans - Year Two
We have now completed a very successful first year of our veteran apprenticeship program. At year end of this annual program, veterans had the opportunity to take state examinations and pursue employment with Mecklenburg County. We are extremely pleased to report that each veteran who participated in the 2016 inaugural program have been hired by Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement. Applications are now being accepted from veterans who wish to participate in year two of Building with our Veterans.