Waterville desires to make it simpler for builders to construct within the metropolis

WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville can be the third Maine metropolis to streamline processes usually achieved by a state company, dashing up improvement and constructing renovation initiatives.

Over the past three years, the most typical criticism has been the size of time it takes the Maine fireplace marshal’s workplace to supply suggestions to builders, mentioned Shawn Esler, Waterville’s fireplace chief. It takes about six to eight weeks, and Esler has even heard 12, he advised the Waterville Metropolis Council throughout a gathering Tuesday night time.

“They typically don’t return cellphone calls very effectively, and it leaves the developer on the market,” he mentioned, noting the state staff does good work, however it’s understaffed like others within the state. “In some circumstances, it’s going to both kill or stall a mission.”