TD Council Indicates It Would Use County Building Code Services, But Stay At City Hall

The Dalles City Council voted to use building code services from Wasco County if the County elects to take on the role as the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments divests itself of services, but also continue to leave its planning department in City Hall.  Wasco County officials have approached the City about purchasing the current MCCOG building to locate both building codes and planning departments for both bodies to provide one-stop services, and the Council indicated it was interested in continuing that discussion, but there were many questions still to answer.  MCCOG is trying to finish finding new homes for its services by the end of the year but The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence, who is on the MCCOG board, says that isn’t necessarily set in stone, adding it is probably time to bring local contractors into the discussion.  The County has the option of turning the building codes program over to the state, but County Commissioner Scott Hege told the Council he was concerned about how well the state would service the area.

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