Thursday, October 23, 2014
By Kacie Svoboda
Welcoming is probably the last word that comes to mind when discussing municipal and building codes, but after speaking with Hill City’s new development services coordinator, Chris McCurdy, it might be the first.
“My philosophy is how can we do what you want to do — how can we make this work for you,” said McCurdy.
About a month ago, McCurdy was chosen for this part-time position and since then she has been working to take on everything it demands. McCurdy comes to this position after spending over 13 years as a law enforcement and zoning code enforcement officer.
Her ever-expanding list of duties ranges from conducting building inspections to archiving and digitizing records. She also will review construction plans, go before the zoning commission and resolve Hill City’s addressing issues. However, the main purpose of McCurdy’s job will be to set up a unified system for code enforcement and the permitting process so, as Hill City expands, property values and overall quality of life can be maintained.
This one-woman building department has her work cut out for her, as she endeavors to create an infrastructure that will allow her to keep up with the work on a part-time schedule.
“It’s tough to juggle all these different aspects. This initial part is going to be tough, but after that I can see it automating a little bit,” said McCurdy. “It’s a challenge. But I love challenges.”
According to city administrator, Brett McMacken, this system and McCurdy’s job are necessary due to the town’s increasing development. In fact, the position could become full-time in the future if development continues to increase.
“The job is getting big enough to warrant its own special attention,” said McMacken.
This is an attention that McCurdy seems able to provide. In addition to her background in enforcement, she has worked with zoning and has formal schooling on the construction process, as well as a strong interest in figuring out how things go together.
McCurdy invites anyone with questions to call, email or drop by her office at city hall.
“What we’re trying to do is improve the community and maintain the awesome quality of life we have as we grow,” said McCurdy. “We are trying to set forth a foundation for the future.”