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Plans examiner 'honored' by award for his IDEA

November 18, 1998

William VantzBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




William "Kelley" Vantz, plans examiner for Washington County's department of permits and inspection, was honored Tuesday for his efforts to streamline the building permit approval process.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop presented Vantz with the quarterly Innovative Dedicated Employee Award.

Vantz, 44, has been a county employee for 22 years.

"I am shocked and surprised," Vantz said. "I'm shocked, I'm speechless, I'm honored."

Vantz initiated what county officials are calling the "Fast-Track" process, which speeds up the time it takes to obtain a permit for a project.

It used to take about three weeks to get permit approval for even simple projects such as decks or sheds. Now, with the fast-track process, it takes about 15 minutes.

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The process is used for projects that do not require approval by any other agency. About 30 percent of all county permits were handled through the streamlined process, said Paul Prodonovich, director of permits and inspections.

The change has had a positive impact on economic development in the community, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

Some of Vantz's coworkers were on hand with the Washington County Commissioners as Shoop presented the award during Tuesday's commissioners meeting.

"He really puts himself into his work. He's a dedicated employee," Prodonovich said.

As a recipient of the award, he receives $500 and an extra day off.

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