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Stewart City Council renews building inspection contract

The Stewart City Council renewed its contract for building inspection services with MNSPECT of Waconia on a 3-2 vote at its Monday, Dec. 8, meeting.
A first motion to renew a 3-year contract died for a lack of a second, and Council Member Jim Eitel advocated his earlier position to approve a one-year contract.
“I’d like to pursue other companies that inspect buildings,” said Eitel.
The city has had some controversy with building inspections after its adoption last year of a rental ordinance.
Eitel also said he feels some of the costs for building inspections are out of line.
“Some of this has skyrocketed,” said Eitel. “Maybe we can find someone who can do this maybe cheaper and do the same work.”
But Mayor Jason Peirce said that the inspection fees are set by the City Council, not the inspection company.
Council Member Cindy Merrell said she didn’t feel the city needs a building code at all.
However, Council Member Kevin Klucas said that if the city did not enforce the building code, it would not qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for damage to buildings caused by natural disasters.

For more, see the Dec. 17 print edition of The Chronicle.