I am not sure that there should even be a building department in Racine. But there is one and they have the power, not you. A few individuals have the power to seriously damage economic development in Racine, because a stringent interpretation of building codes could make virtually any project cost prohibitive.
But my experience has thus far been positive. The city building inspectors are demonstrating a sensible flexibility when it comes to my project. The specifics would likely bore you, so suffice it to say that they are working with me without compromising my safety or anyone elses.
As a regular government critic, I think I should give them credit when they deserve it.