PLS and the city of Norman brought in local contractors to help with the installation. Local riggers from Allied Steel unloaded and set up the machine while local subcontractors have worked to get it up and running. Schaffner-Valouch was the electric contractor on the project.
Politicians will — and probably should — continue to purchase goods and services with public money from local venders wherever possible, but the economy, like the rest of the universe, is interactive and relational. Using local subcontractors is good business because locals know the ins and outs of the city inspection process.
“They (local trades and subcontractors) are used to calling for inspections and the processes for doing that,” said Norman Development Coordinator Terry Floyd.
Floyd said the city’s Planning and Community Development department has been working with subcontractors through a series of brown bag lunches to increase dialogue about the permitting and inspection processes. Subcontractors learn about changes as they are happening and also get a chance to discuss problems or raise questions.
“It provides an opportunity for our staff to get perspectives from the subcontractors and the trades regarding work in the field,” Floyd said.
This summer, the city implemented an online process for scheduling inspections.
“This is a streamlining project,” Floyd said. “I think it’s starting to be utilized more by our trades. It’s another level of convenience for them. They can check inspection status there as well.”