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Building official Rowan ensures construction work, home renovations complies with code


Ryan Hermens

There is $120 million worth of construction taking place throughout Sidney right now, with another $20 million set to begin this summer.

With $120 million in construction taking place around Sidney – and another $20 million set to begin in the next three months – Sidney Chief Building Official Brad Rowan doesn't have a lot of idle time.

"I don't have to look for things to do," he said Tuesday afternoon while driving his city vehicle to a home on the east side for an inspection of a basement the homeowner is finishing himself.

According to his cell phone, Rowan had 310 incoming calls last week. By 4 p.m. on Tuesday – a typical workday – he had received 75 phone calls and walked 5,513 steps, recorded by an app on his p...

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