County waives permit fees for Aumsville repairs

County waives permit fees for Aumsville repairs
Elsie Sartin, 74, points to the roof on her back porch at her condemned home the day after a tornado destroyed it Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

AUMSVILLE, Ore. – Marion County will waive building permit fees for repairs to residential and commercial buildings in the tornado-swept town of Aumsville.

That's according to the City of Aumsville in a prepared statement sent on Monday behalf of the city by the Sublimity Fire District. The statement sources Marion County Building Official Warren Jackson.

We've confirmed this report with Bill Worcester, the public works director for Marion County.

Property owners still need a building permit and must still go to Marion County Building Inspection for permit applications and inspections. Complete reconstruction is still subject to the regular building-permit fees.

Those with reconstruction-related questions can pick up a pamphlet at City Hall or call Marion County (503) 588-5147.

The announcement comes as Aumsville officials gather damage estimates for town repair after a rare Oregon tornado blew through on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The Aumsville city administrator said those damage estimates are expected on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

On Monday, Dec. 20, the city sent out the following request: "The City of Aumsville is asking all who have incurred tornado damage to contact city hall @ 503.749.2030, 595 Main St. Aumsville, OR 97325, or colleen@aumsville.us We need an email address or other contact info! Even if your insurance is covering your loss, or others have already assisted you in recovery, we still need to know what the total loss is and document your deductibles as well as records of any out of pocket expenses you may have incurred."