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Build on: Town of Marcellus reports high building permits this year

The economy may be in a rut, but that hasn't stopped people in the Town of Marcellus from building.

At a July 12 Marcellus Town Board meeting, the board agreed to provide funding for the deputy code enforcement officer, Steve Rudolph, to work an additional 14 days between now and January. Town Code Enforcement Officer Bill Reagan cited unusually high building permits issued this year that have kept him busy while simultaneously bringing in revenue for the town.

"I've never issued 90 permits by the end of June," Reagan told the Eagle Observer. That number does not include permits issued by the village.

"I'm so busy in the building department that I'm falling behind in other areas like fire inspections," he said to the board.

Chris Cummings, project coordinator for McClurg Remodeling & Construction Services on Main Street, said this is a busy season for McClurg -- with this year being no exception.

"All things considered, with the way the economy's done, it's been a good year for us," Cummings said.

Cummings was surprised to hear, however, that building permits are higher than normal; as project coordinator he handles building permits, and he's applied for about 20 this year.

With the downturn of the economy, people tend to come to McClurg looking for repairs rather than construction, "things that need to be done," Cummings said.

"In general new home construction isn't what it used to be," he said. The permits issued by Reagan include high numbers for in-ground pools, additions, decks and garages.

"Maybe part of it is that people are staying in their homes rather than building a new one," McClurg said.

David Movsovich is one of six homeowners in the Town of Marcellus to be issued a permit for an addition this year. He's staying in his home, but not for financial reasons.

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