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Building  department inspector has dibs on full-time gig

Updated: May 16, 2014 6:39AM



GARY— The Board of Public Works and Safety last week approved two more buyers in the city’s Dollar Home program and more money for a rental assistance program.

In an unusual move, the board also signed a contract hiring a new building department inspector and offering the new contractor a full-time position if one opens up.

The board hired Tamaris Green for a one-year, $17,000 contract for the Building Department. A clause in the contract called for Green to claim a “right as first hire” if a full-time position becomes available.

Communications Director Chelsea Whittington said building inspectors are unionized, and the board will take another look at the hiring language at its next meeting Wednesday.

The two homes being added to property tax rolls are on the 3500 block of Van Buren St. and the 3600 block of Pierce St. The Dollar Home program, revived last year, sells city-owned fixer-uppers for a dollar to buyers who agree to make significant repairs to the houses within a year.

The board also approved a contract giving Continuum of Care, a not-for-profit company that administers homelessness programs, a year to dole out $140,286 in federally funded rental assistance programs on behalf of the Community Development department.

Typically, the program covers a deposit and one year of rent for qualifying citizens.



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