As the Bellevue-Offutt community begins the arduous task of storm cleanup and rebuilding, the City of Bellevue urges all citizens and workers to use extreme caution. Many areas in the community have damaged trees present which may still hold dangerous branches.
Many homes and buildings have weakened structural integrity due to storm damage. The City of Bellevue has inspected all known buildings with the most severe damage. However, there is a possibility some dangerous structures have not been inspected. If you suspect a dangerous condition is present in a home or building, DO NOT ENTER the building. Instead, contact the City of Bellevue’s Permits and Inspections Department to have an inspection done on the structure.
When hiring a contractor to complete a demolition, repair or rebuilding project, the Permits and Inspections Department would like to recommend the following advice:
- Make sure the contractor has the appropriate license to do the work being preformed
- Always get an itemized, written estimate
- Never pay money “up front” for work
- Always ask to see a copy of the approved building permit from the Bellevue Permits and Inspections Department
- Retain a copy of the approved building permit and keep all inspection records for your insurance company.
- After the work is completed, get an invoice for the work actually done
As work begins, city officials are expecting a large increase in requests for permits and inspections to begin repairs, therefore your patience is respectfully requested.
If there are any questions regarding demolition, rebuilding or repair work, please contact the City of Bellevue’s Permits and Inspections Department at 402.293.3014 or visit the office at 1510 Wall Street, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005.