Code Administration Overworked In Midland 7/15/13
July 15, 2013
Armed with a radio, computer and camera Ponce Guerra keeps a watchful eye on Midland.
Today CBS 7 rode along with him as he surveyed various neighborhoods.
On our route he talked to a man about his inoperable vehicle in public view, one of many common violations.
“The area that we managed is so large, that it’s sometimes difficult to get to all areas,” he said.
He is one of six code officers for the city of Midland and the department is struggles to keep up with a growing demand.
“We’re being overwhelmed if you will right now,” he said.
“You can either as a growing community manage growth or let growth manage you. These two officers allow us to manage growth,” said Councilman John James
Code compliance is just one part of the department as they also issue permits for construction. These permits are stacked up in just about every corner of the office
“Our construction value in six months was already what it was all of 2012,” said Steve Thorpe, the building official for code administration.
And while code administration struggles to keep up, Guerra keeps patrolling hoping one day to see some more staff, to lessen the workload.