Cary waives building permit fees for flood repairs

Building permits available to repair flood damage

CARY – Residents and business owners that had building damage from the June 26 storm and subsequent flooding won't have to pay building permit fees.

The Village Board on Tuesday approved waiving building permit fees for repairs to damage from last week's storm.

According to village documents, staff members expect to have requests for permits to replace wet or damaged water heaters, furnaces and electric panels. Those permits average $55 each, depending on the extent of the work, according to village documents.

The permits will be available "over the counter at Village Hall" as long as the contractor applying for the permits is registered with the village and provides basic information regarding the work to be performed. Village employees will complete inspections when they are notified the work is complete.

"We wanted the residents to know we're willing to work with them and expedite permits as quickly as possible," Director of Community and Economic Development Chris Stilling said.

Last week's storm led to flooding in areas around McHenry County, including parts of Cary. More than 6 inches of rain fell on the village.

Cris Papierniak, the director of public works, said the village had reports of 37 houses and eight businesses being damaged by flooding.

In other action, the Village Board approved a new two-year agreement with Lauterbach & Amen to provide finance and accounting services.

The village has been working with Lauterbach & Amen since August, when former finance director Ron Pfeiffer retired from the village and began working with the firm.

Lauterbach & Amen's nine-month agreement was set to expire in April, but it was extended through June 19 so the village could review the work by the firm.

"L&A has provided excellent service for the village over the past year," according to a memo from staff to the village trustees.

Under the agreement, the village will pay  Lauterbach & Amen $125,000 for the first year of the new deal. The firm will receive $127,500 the second year.

If the agreement is extended beyond June 2015, the amount paid to Lauterbach & Amen would be increased by 2 percent until April 30, 2017, or until the agreement is terminated, whichever occurs first.

Michael DuCharme, who has worked as a director of finance for Hoffman Estates and assistant director of finance in Schaumburg in the past, will work three days a week in Cary as part of the agreement with Lauterbach and Amen.

Under the agreement, the village can review the service agreement for renewal, and either party can give six months notice to cancel the service.

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