Proposal would restructure planning and building services

The reorganization of Minot’s planning and building inspection offices could be a first step in an effort to streamline city government.

Minot City Manager Tom Barry is recommending creating a new department head position for a community development director, replacing the existing position of planning director. The city has been without a planning director since the resignation of Robert Davis in December.

The community development director would oversee four staff positions in the planning department and 10 positions in the building inspection division, now part of the city engineering department. The building inspector would continue to play a supervisory role within that division.

Barry said the benefits of restructuring would include better oversight and accountability, greater responsiveness to community concerns, a one-stop shop for services, improved management and accountability, better cross communication and a more holistic view of the development process. He also said it would improve recruitment for a director to have position of greater management responsibility.

There would be no net impact to the budget, he said.

“In light of some of the other organizational challenges we have out there, I agreed this would probably be a good solution,” said Mayor Chuck Barney, who had input into Barry’s drafting of the change. “I don’t think this will be the first organizational change that will be coming before the city council as we try to make the city more efficient.”

– Jill Schramm