“With Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia suspended from his town post due to pending criminal charges, Ramapo officials are looking at contracting with an engineering company to handle issues involving construction projects and developers.
The Laberge Group would be hired to perform the building and zoning work on a month-to-month basis while Mallia is facing a corruption case put together by the Rockland District Attorney’s Office, Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said Friday.
Laberge Group has been asked to put together a proposal under which it would handle all projects before the town planning and zoning boards. The group also would review the fees charged for construction, which have not changed since 1995, he said.
The town’s CSEA union president, Brian Spillman, greeted the plan with skepticism, as he looked to protect the interests of the union workers.
“CSEA will request the proposal to see if it includes The Laberge Group performing union work.,” Spillman said. ” If CSEA finds that The Laberge Group will be performing union work, CSEA will be compelled to take any and all necessary action against the Town for outsourcing union work.”
Deputy Building Inspector Ian Smith would oversee inspections, including the fire inspectors’ work, he said.
Mallia’s arrest Sept. 16 came as Ramapo remains under scrutiny from the state for allegedly not enforcing fire and zoning codes, violating zoning by issuing unwarranted permits and certificates of occupancy, allowing schools to operate without planning board approvals, and letting buildings linger with violations. The state Division of Building Standards and Codes has threatened to take control of Ramapo inspections because of those issues.”
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