The Town of Goderich Building Department considers commercial restoration permits a hands-on measurement of recovery in wake of the August tornado.
In a monthly report to Council -- Building Department Officer Barb Mackenzie notes the value of year-to-date permits issued is just over 20 million dollars.
In the first eleven months of 2011, 285 permits were issued.
The November total alone is 58 permits worth almost seven and a quarter million dollars
She notes big ticket items for November were the temporary Courthouse facilities and Union Burger construction at the Five Points.
Mackenzie also credits several high-value commercial restoration projects with contributing to the November totals.
The Building Department has issued 14 permits for demolitions, charging only 2100 dollars in fees to process them.
Value of demolitions is about 335 thousand dollars.
In a related development, Fred Pellow, long-serving Building Inspector for Goderich, hs advised Council he will retire from the job at the end of this month.