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Make City Services More Efficient

City Government should work efficiently to provide the best services it can. The Grosse Pointe Woods Building Department is not currently doing that.

The city of Grosse Pointe Woods should streamline the process for home inspections.

Withrecord low interest rates, houses in the city are being purchased at a rate not
seen in years.  As the city currently maintains three part time inspectors, each certified in separate areas of focus (electrical, maintenance, and plumbing) for a combined total of 8 hours per week, there is more work than workers. 

Understandably, the city is trying to do more with fewer resources, but it make more financial and common sense to have one, or possibly two, full time
inspectors certified in all three areas. 

Currently, if one inspector were to become unable to work for any of a variety of reasons, there is no backup plan and no flexibility in the city’s organizational structure.  The sale of new homes in the city would, theoretically, cease.

Currently,the Building Department provides no flexibility in scheduling inspections.  Since inspections are done on only three days of the week for an average of about two and a half hours each of those three days, it becomes very difficult for future tax payers to move into the city.  We should be making it as easy as possible to welcome new families to our community, not deterring them from doing so and creating a negative impression of Grosse Pointe Woods throughout the region.

Under the current structure, inspectors and Building Department officials wield their power as if the citizens they serve are the enemy.  Office workers refuse to help residents or treat them with respect, inspectors do not return phone calls, and those charged with maintaining a high level of community standards do not even live in this community.  Too often, those at City Hall see the residents of Grosse Pointe Woods as their subordinates rather than their bosses.

City government should be there to serve its citizens, and right now it is preventing new tax payers from entering the city.  If Grosse Pointe Woods is able to make the Building Department more efficient and responsive to community needs, we will be able to harness the current boom in home sales and create a city government as close and kind as the residents of the city themselves.

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Diane Smith October 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM
They sure process building permits fast though (based on the value of the improvement). This way, your taxes can go up quicker and they can get that permit fee in their bank instead of yours. But you are right, it takes a mini-miracle to get them to come out to inspect purchased homes and homes being improved. I suspect Mr. Tutag is getting complacent (again), and the Mayor is too busy taking smoke breaks, when he does show up, to nudge Gene in the right direction. Hopefully, his recent pneumonia forces him to quick that bad habit, especially at his age. Lastly, Mr. Fincham is too busy smiling and saying everything is great, while posing for pictures.
Fred October 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Diane .....you need to get a Life...
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods October 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Fred, Your problem is, she HAS a life. She faces facts. Gene Tutag and his well-paid assistant, Sue Stewart, treat all residents alike...like vermin. Want to keep young homeowners from moving into Grosse Pointe Woods? Vote for higher taxes!
Diane Smith October 31, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thanks Fred.
Gary M. Wilson, Esq. November 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Well said all the way around, Diane! However, the only nudging that Mr. Tutag deserves is to have his mean-spirited, lying, sycophantic arse nudged out the door to the real world. Can you imagine that man ever surviving in the private sector?

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