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Algonquin to provide building services in Huntley

Huntley will now utilize the building commissioner of a neighboring community in an attempt to maintain high-quality services at a lower cost.

An intergovernmental agreement approved this week allows the building commissioner from Algonquin to act as chief building official for Huntley. The village previously used a private contractor for all projects and building code tasks.

“It’s really a win-win for both communities,” Algonquin Building Commissioner Craig Arps said of the agreement. “We’re not as busy as we were several years ago, which allows us to help them out.”

The village will still utilize a private contractor for larger projects, but use the building commissioner to complete plan reviews for smaller projects and plans involving existing buildings.

That includes providing services on an as-needed basis to explain, interpret and provide oversight regarding applicable codes and policies to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, residents and other interested parties, according to village documents.

Huntley will pay Algonquin $79.67 an hour for time spent in Huntley, according to the two-year agreement. For miscellaneous plan reviews, Algonquin will receive $58 per hour depending on the project.

The village will also be billed $79.67 per hour for technical assistance provided to Huntley staff and residents, whether over the phone, through email or in person.

The position has been vacant in Huntley since May, according to Lisa Armor, senior assistant to the village manager.

“With building activity still good, but not at the levels of previous years, we felt this was a good route to go,” she said. “This isn’t a position we necessarily need to fill full time. (The agreement) allows us the expertise we need when we need it.”

Algonquin already provides similar services to Carpentersville, Arps said.

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