Dickinson County residents needing permits or licenses will quickly have entry to new expertise that may make the applying course of easier.
Assistant County Administrator Janelle Dockendorf instructed commissioners on Thursday, Nov. 17 that the IT (info expertise) and a number of other different departments had been software program applications that will make it simpler for individuals making use of for licenses or permits, “totally on the zoning facet. ”
In addition to planning and zoning, different departments initially planning to make use of the software program embrace highway and bridge and environmental companies.
The fee authorised buying allowing and licensing software program from GovBuilt in Manhattan. The $29,500 first-year value consists of set up, portal design and format, person licenses and allow functions and likewise permits county employees to create experiences.
“It integrates with our mapping and on-line funds and consists of coaching and help,” Dockendorf stated.
The annual subscription value is $10,500. Upgrades, if wanted, might be extra.
The software program buy will come out of the county’s capital fund from cash left over after pc upgrades had been accomplished.
Planning and Zoning Director Tim Hamilton is accustomed to the GovBuilt program as a result of he’s utilizing it in Saline County, the place he additionally directs that county’s planning/zoning division. Riley and Pottawatomie counties and the Metropolis of Junction Metropolis are utilizing this system, Dockendorf stated.
In addition to GovBuilt, two different firms offered info — together with Civic Plus of Manhattan — which handles the county’s web site. “Clearly, they’ve a variety of issues with us,” she stated, “nevertheless it appeared extra cumbersome than what we wish.”
The worth offered by the third firm was value prohibitive, Dockendorf stated.
With the brand new software program, residents will be capable to log on and fill out the knowledge wanted for the precise allow.
If somebody desires a constructing allow they may log on and fill out the applying kind. After Hamilton opinions it, info will then stream out to different departments which have to be concerned. If a culvert is required it could go to the freeway division; if a sanitary sewer inspection is required it could go to environmental companies.
“It (constructing allow) would not get authorised till all of the steps have been accomplished. We may have that work stream that follows via,” Dockendorf stated. “Proper now, we observe that via Excel or emails.”
The county will even have the power to create particular permits or licenses issued by different departments.
“That is one other engaging half to this. It may work for different departments too and we’re saving cash by us constructing the types. They’re fairly easy so it needs to be fairly simple to do,” Dockendorf stated.
Commissioner Craig Chamberlin stated the most important drawback he sees is getting individuals to make use of it.
Dockendorf stated steps can be taken to coach the general public, together with placing info on the county’s web site.
Chamberlin famous the web site must be simpler for individuals to navigate as some info is troublesome to seek out.
Dockendorf famous that each Civic Plus and GovBuilt construct web sites and the county is planning to rebuild its web site, which is about 10 years previous.
Commissioner Ron Curler requested if the software program can be utilized by individuals making use of for managed burn permits. County Administrator Brad Homman stated no, as a result of burn permits are dealt with by the 911 Emergency Dispatch CAD (pc aided dispatch) system.
“It is all finished via CAD, identical to a traditional name for service,” Homman stated.
Fee Chairman Lynn Peterson famous the fee may revisit the subject once more in three-to-five years if a brand new firm has higher expertise or is extra person pleasant.
* In response to a query from Chamberlin, Counselor Doug Thompson stated it is vital that the county maintain delinquent tax gross sales annually; however he famous the COVID pandemic brought about a two-year break.
If a property proprietor falls behind in paying taxes and nothing occurs it is a lot more durable for them to catch up, Thompson defined.
“Fairly quickly they’re three, 4, 5, six years behind. I’ve already had a few these calls the place individuals say, ‘Can you’re employed with me?’ I inform them they have to determine it out. We do not have cost plans for this,” Thompson stated.
* Additionally, the freeway division has handed its fourth accident-free yr, which is “fairly main achievement,” Dockendorf stated.
* The courthouse and county places of work might be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving vacation. Peterson will signal payroll checks for the reason that fee won’t meet.