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January 29, 2013

City Council hears 3 annual reports

WASHINGTON — At Monday’s Washington City Council meeting, the councilmen - minus Eric Bassler, who could not be present - heard 2012 annual report summaries from Building Commissioner Terry Wininger, Fire Chief David Rhoads and Police Chief Mike Healy.

Wininger dedicated his year-end report to the memory of the late Building Commissioner Chris Wimmenauer, who died unexpectedly in September while serving the city in that capacity. Wininger said 463 building permits were issued in 2012. Of those, 15 were for new residences, seven new nonresidential buildings, 29 other nonresidential buildings, 24 residential additions, 52 residential garages and carports, three nonresidential additions, and 353 other permits and applications. Permit fees totaled $10,783.86.

There were 278 clean-up orders related to grass, weed and junk complaints, according to Wininger, with 189 completed by the owners and 89 mowed/cleaned up by the city. The street department was reimbursed $11,304 for its labor, he said.

Twenty-four structures were demolished by the owners, and two were demolished by the city. Compared to 2011, construction of new residences was down and new commercial construction stayed even. Residential additions were up by one; commercial additions remained the same; and garage/carport additions were up significantly. Another area that showed a significant increase was reroofing, with 227 new roofs put on in 2012 compared to 78 in 2011. Twice as many pools were installed in 2012. Though the number of permits was up in 2012, the amount of permit fees collected was slightly lower than in 2011.

“We were down about 145 calls from last year,” Rhoads told the council as he began his report.

The Washington Fire Department responded to 1,138 incidents in 2012, he said. There were 102 fire alarms; 34 structure fires; 11 vehicle and mobile property fires; 10 grass and brush fires; 19 rubbish, trash and waste fires; eight other special fire incidents; six auto accidents; 30 hazardous conditions including fuel spills, gas leaks and electrical problems; 16 carbon monoxide responses; EMS assists and rescues; 212 service calls and good intent calls; five false alarms; 144 other fire calls; and no mutual aid calls.

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