Causley firm hired as building official for Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach city commissioners have retained the services of M.T.
Causely company to provide building official services
to the city.
The firm - specifically Steve Gilbert - has
been working as interim building official since March in the wake of Ed Mc Adam's
The firm will be paid $109,000 for one year
of service, but that figure may be negotiated to a
lesser figure after meetings with firm president Mike Causley, Mayor
John Chappie said.
"We can change
the hours," Chappie
said of Gilbert's duties for the city. "We can cut him down to 30
hours, or even 20 hours a week, depending on the economy. What we've done
in the past doesn't work."
Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy agreed with
"He's not the cheapest," Shaughnessy
said, but added that based on the company accepting liability for any issues
that may come up with any decisions made by the department, "it's
Causley's responsibility, not ours. I like that."
M.T. Causley is
a private company that provides a variety of services
to public agencies.
Causley has said his firm developed
from his experiences as the building official in Miami-Dade
County after Hurricane Andrew. "We have a team of people that we can draw upon," he has
said, "anything you need, from structural engineers to planners to architects.
We do this in 30 cities in Florida."
Mc Adam was paid about $82,000 a year,
plus a city vehicle. Causley will provide insurance,
benefits and a vehicle for Gilbert.
There were three other applicants for the position.
Pay range for the others was in the $65,000 to mid-$70,000
area, with insurance, benefits and vehicle to be included
in the package paid for by the city.
The final negotiated Causley payment package
is expected to be approved by the city commission later