AUBURN  — A shared planning and permitting software suite won’t be cheap but it would make the cities more efficient.

Auburn staff presented a proposal to use a joint permitting, inspection and code enforcement computer package to their councilors Monday. Lewiston’s councilors are scheduled to get a similar pitch from their staff Tuesday night.

Auburn City Manager Glenn Aho said the suite, made by Georgia-based company Energov Solutions, would cost about $400,000 for both cities. Auburn would pay for its share with money already budgeted in the capital improvements plan and some grant money.

But the software would improve services to contractors and citizens and make the city more efficient. It would also let the city share planning and inspection staff more efficiently.

“I think it would reduce the number of violations we have to deal with, and that would reduce our legal fees,” Aho said. “So, it would be expensive. But I think it would be cost-effective.”

The system uses
GIS mapping software to track projects. Developers would be able to
apply for a variety of permits online, grouping them together based
upon the project. It would also help the public keep track of projects.

Both cities and city councils will have to approve the software
package and the provider.

Mayor John Jenkins said it was proof both cities could work together.

“I think this is a clear message that we have been working together all along, that we continue to do what we can to reduce costs,” Jenkins said.

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