Marshall County Building Inspector Steve Howard presented his first quarter report to the Marshall County Commissioners on Monday. 

The statistical report had 190 building permits being issued in the first quarter that totaled just over $25 million in value.  This includes all permits for building, plumbing, and electrical. There were 30 permits for accessory structures, 3 commercial structures, 12 conventional homes, 8 home additions, and 7 interior renovations.  Permits were issued for 4 fences, a couple of decks, and 4 porches, 28 roofing projects, 3 pools, a manufactured home, and 6 single-wide homes.  25 of the permits issued were for the Town of Culver.  

Howard also completed 353 total inspections. 

Steve Howard also reported for the Unsafe Buildings & Premises Board.  In the first quarter of 2023, there were 7 open cases, 1 scheduled for demolition, and two other cases that are possible for legal action.  He said one property owner contacted him and said they would get their property cleaned up.  Two cases were closed in the first quarter. 

The County Building Inspector participated in the Home Show on April 1st and 2nd.  He was able to talk with citizens who were confused about how to get permits and the process. Howard said he believes he eased a lot of people‚Äôs anxiety about dealing with the government to complete their projects.   

Commissioner Kevin Overmyer asked about a home near Queen and State Road 17 in Country Club Hills that has been empty for a number of years and appears to be falling in. 

Steve Howard said the insurance company is looking at the property because it had had a fire.  They are investigating if they are going to try and save it or tear it down.   

Overmyer also asked about the home in Golf View Estates that has been empty for several years. 

Howard said the mortgage company is getting the home ready to sell it.