Construction slows through summer

MINTO – Construction activity in the municipality has slowed a bit during the summer compared to last year, but remains well above long-term averages.

Chief Building Official Terry Kuipers advised Minto council on Aug. 6 the building department issued 20 permits for construction valued at $2.4 million in July, compared to 37 permits for construction worth $4.5 million in July of 2018.c

In June, 23 permits were issued resulting in $3.1 million worth of building activity, down from 28 permits in 2018 worth $5.2 million in construction.

Kuipers said a wet spring contributed to a slow start to the construction season.

“Contractors were delayed in starting projects, so they’re not going to apply for permits with that backlog,” he told council. “Second, once we hit the beautiful weather any of the farming contractors were out in the fields as opposed to swinging hammers.”

Year to date, the town has issued 137 permits for $24.9 million worth of construction, compared to 139 permits worth $22.3 million in 2018.

In his report Kuipers noted “the outlook for development and construction remains strong for August.”

The 10-year average for permits issued to the end of July is 122, and the average for total construction value is about $13.9 million.

Kuiper’s indicated permits were issued for 10 new residential units in June and July, and for six agricultural structures, including two substantial barn additions.