The Muscatine County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors is trying to figure out how to handle electrical inspections in its unincorporated areas.
According to the Muscatine Journal, no one in the county's zoning inspector's office is currently certified to do electrical inspections. The board had directed the inspector to look into options regarding how such inspections could be done.
She reviewed four options:
- Contracting with the state, a cost of about $275 per inspection.
- Contracting with the city of Muscatine, a cost of about $183.59 per inspection.
- Contracting with a third-party provider, a cost of about $80 per inspection.
- Obtaining a certified county inspector through hiring or testing, a cost of about $80 per inspection.
The county inspector indicated that said she would prefer contracting with the state, due to her office not having to deal with additional administrative duties, the Journal reported. One supervisor said the higher costs of a state contract for inspection fees to residents was a negative for that plan.
The inspector told the board that one of her existing staff was testing to get electrical certification. The board decided to wait on making a decision until they learned of the results of that test.