07/24/12 “A slight increase in the number of building permits and a substantial increase in the value of projects” is what City Building Commission Keith Hammonds told members of the Board of Public Works and Safety.

Monday night Hammonds presented his second quarter report.  At total of 77 permits were issued during April, May and June up from 71 in 2011.  The estimated value of the construction this year is $3,854,699.48 compared to $994,367.00 last year.

Hammonds said it appears that people are staying in their home and making major improvement rather the selling and buying new.  16 permits were issued for additions while 12 were issued for electrical and there were 10 permits for accessory buildings and also fences. Second quarter permits also included 7 decks, 5 demolitions, 3 renovation and 3 signs along with 2 each for build outs, porches, and single family dwellings.  The city building commissioner also issued permits for 1pool, a temporary sign and 1 for plumbing.  The value of the permits issued was $6,020.

The Building Commissioner also updated the progress on improvements at the Park Jefferson Apartments.  Earlier this year Mayor Mark Senter started of program called Operation Bright Spot.  His intentions are to fix up homes, businesses, and properties that are in a rundown condition.  Dr. John Marshal, defendant in the law suit with the city has not met the time line set forth by the courts.  Hammonds said a dumpster has been placed on the property and some branches have been removed.  A statue conference hearing is being held Friday morning on this case.