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North Hempstead building department seeks accreditation

The Town of North Hempstead is seeking accreditation for its building department and has retained a consultant to work toward that goal. The town board this month approved a contract with Holbrook resident Larry Solomon.

Solomon, who started working on accreditation for the town last year, will be paid $25 per hour, with the total not to exceed $25,000 for the 2012 calendar year.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman said Solomon will continue to seek certification from the International Accreditation Service, a California-based nonprofit that bills itself as the nation’s leading provider of building department accreditations.

According to its website, the firm has accredited 13 building agencies for towns, cities and the Chickasaw Nation. No agencies from New York have received the accreditation.

At a meeting last year, Kaiman said the town was working to streamline building department actions and ensure fair treatment of residents and commercial applicants.

In 2007, the Nassau County district attorney’s office arrested five North Hempstead building department employees (some still on the job) on corruption charges.

A plumbing inspector, building commissioner and plans examiner pleaded guilty to a variety of charges.

 

Tags: North Hempstead , building , department , accreditation , linowtweet

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