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OK, Who has a plan of action for the COVID-19?

Discussion in 'Code Administration' started by jar546, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. JCraver

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    Business as usual here for now, but the end is coming I think. Almost every town around us has limited or stopped services and inspections. I expect to be an on-call employee starting next week. But maybe not. Who knows??
     
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  2. tmurray

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    We just closed public services effective this morning. I am working from home and performing site inspections with additional PPE and are asking contractors to either remove themselves from the site or maintain social distancing. Our public health authority has indicated this outbreak is expected to last for between 8-10 weeks.
     
  3. steveray

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    What are you using for additional PPE?
     
  4. Keystone

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    Starting to see daily work disruptions now. Sub-Contractors for bldrs closing down, handful of municipalities shutting offices and having people work from home so that is slow inspections down. Many municipal offices closed doors to the general public.
    A few bldg suppliers offering text, call, or email ahead only pick up services.
     
  5. fatboy

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    Been to friggen busy to stop in. We have closed all city buildings down for access by the public, or non-essential employees.

    I am the only body physically present in the office.

    Permit Tech, Plan Reviewers working from home (all electronic submittals and reviews), Inspectors (again electronically) divvy up inspections and do them, go home. No inspections performed on interiors of occupied structures, only exterior inspections, or unoccupied spaces, with access from the exterior.

    Any non-working hours are back-filled with paid administrative leave.

    For now..........

    We'll see where this thing goes.........
     
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  6. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    I hope we get more info like this to see what others are doing.
     
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  7. fatboy

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    In Colorado, Larimer County, Weld County, doing the same. Boulder County and Boulder have more restrictions, and Gunnison County even more.
     
  8. tmurray

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    N95 masks, nitrile gloves, and clean suits. Using these as needed depending on the exposure risk. We perform inspections of dangerous and unsightly buildings, so we had all of this already on hand.
     
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  9. Keystone

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    To reduce personal contact we are now trying FaceTime for minor inspections such as slab, wallboard and others at each inspectors discretion. No videos will be accepted due to the ability to limit what is shown and sometimes uploading is slow.
     
  10. Keystone

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    I also have those same items on hand.
     
  11. mtlogcabin

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    Pretty much the same as fatboy. We stopped all fire life safety and VRBO annual inspections.
     
  12. Keystone

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  13. Builder Bob

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    Boston MAss shut down construction on Monday - Talks of stopping construction in New Jersey, California, with North Carolina and South Carolina Contemplating it - We tend to be about 6 days behind what happens in Mass/ New York
     
  14. jar546

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    Any further updates from any of your municipalities?
     
  15. mtlogcabin

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    IT is issuing laptops to clerical staff so they can work from home. They will be able to do everything but process a credit card for payment. Each department will keep 2 or 3 people at city hall to do the task that cannot be done remotely.
    Installed a drop box outside so people can drop off payments or documents that cannot be done electronically.
     
  16. ICE

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    California is under a "stay at home" order that people are ignoring. Public works is considered an essential function of government so the building inspectors are still performing inspections...... the bulk of which should be virtual.

    I just don't know how the PW administration can be so shortsighted. What there is about construction that deems it to be essential escapes me. I understand a need to review the work done to date for such things as gas appliances and electrical panels, most everything else can wait and no new work should be done.

    Nevada has closed the casinos.
     
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  17. Pcinspector1

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    Real similar here, half the work force is at home working and half at work, communicating by email and requesting photo evidence of re-inspections. Can issue permits remotely. Answering emails, so far it's working similar to a tornado situation off site.

    We were prepared, and administration is on top of changing conditions. Providing our residents with as much as we can and trying to protect our workforce.

    When I heard last night on the news that CA was in a "Stay at Home" mode, I just shook my head. Are you sure that's even possible?
     
  18. ICE

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    LA County has announced that the only people that will be tested for Covid-19 are those that are hospitalized. The idea behind this is that everyone with any symptoms should assume that they have Covid-19.....and everybody that is symptom free should assume that they have Covid-19.
    An addition to the list of at risk people is anyone that is confined to a wheelchair.
     
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  19. jar546

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    Thanks for the update
     
  20. JCraver

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    We locked the door to City Hall. Visitors/ inspections/ etc. by appointment only. I'm technically "on call", but since I'm the only one here who does what I do, well, that doesn't really work. Today is the first day, so we'll see how it goes. If I can schedule everybody who wants an inspection for the same block of hours every day (or every other) then I might, maybe, get to work from home some. My contractors are spoiled though because they've never had to wait for me for an inspection. Going to be interesting..
     

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