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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners heard the 2012 annual report for the Planning and Building Department at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Dave Sewell, executive director of the department, reported 2012 was a â€śbigger year in total compared to 2011.â€ť
There were 122 more permits issued in 2012 than 2011, and the value of those permits were more than $40 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.
However, there were some areas that saw decreases.
â€śThe number that was down was single family permits,â€ť Sewell said. â€śWe did see a fairly substantial increase in residential additions.â€ť
There was an overall increase in revenue as well by approximately $2,000.
â€śIt was about a three percent increase,â€ť Sewell said. â€śThat is nothing extraordinary, but higher than it has been.â€ť
Sewell noted City Ford receiving a new building and projects at Steel Dynamics as among the highlights for 2012.
He said Smith Township had a great deal of activity in 2012, with work at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School and work with the fire departmentâ€™s station.
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