ELLSWORTH — A mild and generally snow-free December saw a flurry of building permits issued by the city’s Code Enforcement Office, with several of them for new residential buildings.
Of the 13 permits issued last month, four of them were for single-family dwellings and a fifth was for a duplex.
Code Enforcement Officer Dwight Tilton said December is typically a slower month for building permits. Indeed, only seven permits were issued in December of 2014 (none of them for new homes) and three permits in December of 2013.
“The weather’s helped us a lot,” said Tilton, in explaining why this December was busier.
Tilton is working on tallying the final numbers for 2015, but said he believes the city saw more building activity overall last year than it did in 2014.
“I think we’re doing a little better,” he said.
Tilton said he thinks that momentum will carry forward into 2016, as he said banks are “freeing up a little more money.” He said interest rates could have an impact, however.