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San Andreas, CA — The Calaveras County Building Department has hired a consultant to help it work through problems recently identified in a performance audit.

The audit identified several deficiencies in the department´s operations.

Tuesday the Board of Supervisors agreed spending $212,000 on consultant Vali Cooper and Associates.

The consultant has six months to improve customer service, manage an in-house plan check review and update department forms, among other items.

The local builders association expressed approval of this approach and says it supports bringing plan checking in house.

The board expressed concern over the cost of the consultant´s contract, but staff says the price is covered from money that is saved by not hiring outside plan checkers.

Written by Vanessa Turner.