The Town of Hawkesbury has a building inspector shortage and is looking to neighbouring municipalities to temporarily fill the need.

One of the town’s building inspectors and property standards officers recently resigned and took a position with another municipality and there are too many mandatory inspections for Chief Building Official Marc-André Décoeur to manage on his own.

The town has been experiencing an increase in building and construction activity, which means mandatory inspections are required at various building sites. Inspections are also required when homeowners do major renovations, build backyard decks, or install swimming pools.

At a special meeting on August 6, council gave its approval to let staff reach service agreements with Lino Gambuto, and Chief Building Officials Jessy Hoffman of East Hawkesbury and Jacques Gauthier of Champlain to serve as building inspectors and property standards officers for the Town of Hawkesbury effective August 6. Council also approved three by-laws confirming the appointment of each individual to their roles.

According to a report from Chief Administrative Officer Dominique Dussault, recruitment efforts to hire a new inspector have been unsuccessful and the position is known to be a difficult one to fill. Dussault had contacted the neighbouring municipalities and was informed their services are available, but not enough to meet the town’s demand. As a result, agreements for service were pursued with three different people.

Mayor Paula Assaly asked if appointing the three individuals and seeking assistance from other municipalities was a temporary measure. Dussault said it is for the present time, but a more formal process to resolve the situation is being planned so the best service can be offered to citizens of Hawkesbury.