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Pender, Topsail Beach see huge increase in construction and need for more staff

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Topsail Beach sees boom in construction. (Source: WECT) Topsail Beach sees boom in construction. (Source: WECT)

A large increase in construction across the county has several officials pushing for an additional building inspector to be hired.

The Town of Topsail Beach has seen a large increase in construction over the past year according to the Town Manager Tim Holloman.

According to Holloman, there are usually about eight building permits a year, but this year there have been almost two dozen.

"That's a huge spike for us, we didn't anticipate it in the beginning of the year," Holloman said. He said the increase in construction has led to an increase in inspections.

"There are multiple inspections required on a new home, anywhere from 12 to 20 while the home is being completed, and then possibly re-inspections need to be done," Holloman explained.

That is just for new homes, he said there are also day-to-day inspections for things like plumbing, electrical and heating and air inspections.

Right now, Pender County does about 80 percent of the Town of Topsail Beach's inspections; however, the county has seen its own spike in construction and inspections.

Pender County Planning Director Kyle Breuer said they've had more and more building inspection requests every day. He said they had an average of 65 building inspections a day in the month of June.

"If the inspection in the county coincides with ours, and it's a heavy day, than the inspection can be delayed maybe one or two days," Holloman said.

That's why he's advocating for Breuer's proposal to bring on a fifth inspector. As part of the proposal, the Town of Topsail Beach would pay the county about $4,000 or $5,000 more than it does now to help cover the salary of the new hire.

Town of Topsail Beach leaders are discussing the proposal Wednesday night.

Breuer said he plans to present the idea to the Pender County Board of Commissioners in August.  

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