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City of Albany short on inspectors, works to find a solution

Inspectors need to make sure that a building meets its requirements (Source:WALB) Inspectors need to make sure that a building meets its requirements (Source:WALB)
Many Albany homes were damaged by the storms earlier this year (Source:WALB) Many Albany homes were damaged by the storms earlier this year (Source:WALB)
Monique Broughton Knight, Public Information Officer for the City of Albany (Source:WALB) Monique Broughton Knight, Public Information Officer for the City of Albany (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The City of Albany says it’s looking at the best solution when it comes to its shortage of inspectors, which is a problem following the January storms.

Right now, the city has three inspectors. But to be considered at full capacity, the city needs a total of five inspectors to work within the City of Albany and Dougherty County.

City of Albany’s Public Information Officer Monique Broughton Knight said the city is using contract labor to help with the current shortage.

The city temporarily hired an electric inspector and a chief building inspector, but more contract labor could be in the future.

Broughton Knight said the city is considering a couple of options, like either hiring new city inspectors or using more contract labor.

We’re weighing it out, does it make more sense to do contract labor and they already have their certifications and know what it takes to get the job done,” Broughton Knight said.

According to the city, those currently needing inspections are not having to wait more than 24 hours.

The three inspectors, that are currently working, average around 8-10 inspections per day.

“We’re trying to move them as quickly as possible. But just be patient with us, we are not at full capacity. We are doing everything we can right now,” Broughton Knight said.

The city admits that it has seen a large increase in inspections, especially with so many people rebuilding from the January storms.

So far, more than 1800 Albany and Dougherty County homes have been damaged by storms this year.

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