Roofing permits make up bulk of city permits in 2012


While the City of Montgomery only had one new home permit issued in 2012, the bulk of the permits they issued went to homeowners who reroofed their homes. 
“It was definitely a year of reroofs in town,” said Municipal Inspector Gary Staber, who begins his 6th year as a building inspector for Montgomery. “These came in a combination of hail storms and Certainteed shingles in town that weren’t holding up. We’ll have have more again this year.”
Staber presented the information to the Planning and Zoning Commission at its January 8 meeting. The same information was also part of  the City Council’s packet on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Staber also noted that Montgomery issued one permit for a new home construction for Jason Kabes, valued at $347,000. 
In commercial business, Staber said the city issued  a few permits, one to Seneca Foods for a reroofing project in the valuation of $108,000, and one to Dollar General for the construction of its store on 4th Street SW. The value of that store was listed at $650,610.
Even though the city only issued one new home permit, Staber said he is hopeful the city will see more residential new home permits this year. 
“We’ve already had a lot of calls and one permit issued (in 2013),” he said.
In comparison, New Prague issued 21 new home permits, and Lonsdale issued 10. The biggest community in the area is Lakeville that issued 292 permits in 2012.
The total valuation of the permits issued by the City of Montgomery in 2012 totaled $2.7 million. 
That number is down significantly from 2011 when the permits valued at $24.9 million. This was due to the permits being issued for the construction of the new high school and renovation of the elementary and middle schools.