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WHEELING — Officials in the city of Wheeling are hopeful that new technology for the Building and Planning Department will help bring great efficiencies and a new approach to the city’s code enforcement efforts. At its most recent meeting, Wheeling City Council approved an ordinance authorizing service agreements […]


WHEELING — Officials in the city of Wheeling are hopeful that new technology for the Building and Planning Department will help bring great efficiencies and a new approach to the city’s code enforcement efforts.

At its most recent meeting, Wheeling City Council approved an ordinance authorizing service agreements with ProChamps and GovPilot, which will provide a new system for handling building code violations.

Tom Connelly, director of Building and Planning for the city of Wheeling, said the two agencies — ProChamps or Property Registration Champions LLC and GovPilot or Property Pilot LLC — will help identifying and registering vacant buildings and will provide an automated workflow system for code enforcement personnel to use when cracking down on violators.

“I’m looking forward to modernizing and improving the department’s approach to code enforcement in the community with these two new programs,” Connelly said. “The technology will allow staff to use their time in the field and office more efficiently to resolve building code and property maintenance problems in the city. It will also offer a mapping feature for field use and an improved citizen engagement tool.”

Councilman Ben Seidler ran for public office last year on a platform that focused on cleaning up neglected parts of the city and going after property owners who violate city codes with eyesores that bring down neighborhoods.

“I’ve been working with the code enforcement department on ways to improve their efforts across our entire city,” Seidler said. “I ran for city council on a platform of bringing new technology to this department with a promise to fight for proactive code enforcement. The combination of this new technology along with the great leadership and vision within this department will be a game changer for our city.”

Seidler said he was confident that the ProChamps and GovPilot systems will help keep documentation on building code violations on the front burner in automated databases from the first warning all the way through resolution in court.

“This new technology will allow our code enforcement officers to be productive and accountable moving forward, eliminating the frequent occurrences of code violations falling through the cracks,” Seidler said. “People who are used to abusing the system and getting away with it may not be too happy with it, but that’s not going to break my heart.”

Officials noted that the new systems will speed up enforcement and will utilize a mobile-friendly app that will help gather and monitor complaints from the community. City leaders noted that the new systems are separate from the city’s 311 system, which provides an online resource for the community to report various non-emergency concerns, from potholes to homeless encampments and dead animals on the roadways.



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