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The Cole County Commission on Tuesday approved a building code inspection agreement with Centertown, making the village the last of the smaller communities within Cole County to do so.

Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz said the new agreement is similar to agreements the county Health Department has with communities with regard to environmental services.

The county Public Works Department will issue building permits and provide inspection services for building code enforcement within the city limits of Centertown.

Prior to public works staff issuing building permits, Centertown will provide the county written approval indicating the proposed construction has been reviewed by the village and meets all of its requirements. The Public Works Department will not be responsible for enforcement/inspection of planning and zoning ordinances nor any other ordinances of the village.

“For some reason, the town had never done this, so we saw this as an issue of safety improvement,” said Adam Brown, chairman of the Centertown Board of Trustees. “We had approached Larry (Benz) about doing this last year, and we approved at a special council meeting last week where it passed unanimously. Everyone else has this, so we just wanted to have more uniformity.”

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