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  • Knowledgebase-A Budget Continuance Ordinance
    being collected to support the continuing appropriations now Therefore Be It Ordained by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Tracy City Tennessee as follows Section 1 The appropriations in FY 2011 2012 shall be the appropriations for FY 2012 2013 until the adoption of the new budget ordinance in accordance with TCA 6 56 210 Section 2 The city recorder shall forward a copy of this

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  • Knowledgebase-Budget Information: A Survey Conducted for Oliver Springs
    548 840 90 174 915 572 626 369 191 245 2 159 466 Jacksboro Emma Caldwell City Recorder 423 562 9312 Pop 1 887 1 257 581 176 257 55 000 128 070 127 520 No response 583 735 Kingston Carolyn Brewer Finance Director 865 376 6584 Pop 5 264 3 700 915 408 082 186 601 507 290 299 070 271 325 1 391 525 Lake City Jean Hayton City Recorder 865 426 2838 1 089 100 148 716 71 276 330 686 114 143 79 019 Within Dept Budgets Oliver Springs Ramona Walker City Court Clerk and Finance Director 865 435 7722 Pop 3 303 1 554 459 183 881 87 000 530 169 47 550 10 750 Budgeted within dept Budgets Contact Health Insurance Benefits Life Insurances Benefits Vacation Allowance days Sick Leave Allowance days Harriman Charles Kerley Treasurer and Budget Director 865 882 9414 320 000 Budgeted within Health Insurance Benefits 8 80 full time employee 1 2 Yr of Service 3 33 hr mo 2 5 Yr of Service 6 67 hr mo 5 Yr of Service 10 hr mo 8 Jacksboro Emma Caldwell City Recorder 423 562 9312 150 772 Included in Health Insurance

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  • Knowledgebase-Building and Property Maintenance Codes Review
    approved zoning map and issue permits which do not involve a rezoning or an appeal without further planning department review Inspections and Builder Communications The building official is responsible for performing required inspections Building officials report that the city manager the mayor and the city council support enforcement efforts Inspectors do not use inspection check off sheets Builders often complain about deficiencies that were not reported on previous inspections and they are subject to correcting such deficiencies With an inspection check off sheet the cost for correcting such deficiencies could be avoided or minimized Recommendation Require inspectors to use inspection check off sheets Building inspectors are available in the office for two hours during the morning and two hours in the afternoon for consultation with builders architects engineers and permit holders During other periods of time secretaries receive the communication and relay the request or wait until the inspector is available It is sometimes costly to builders to wait for long periods of time to resolve an interpretation of code requirements City inspectors are furnished cell phones for communication purposes Recommendation Require inspectors to be available at all times during their work period to respond to specific builder questions relating to code requirements Inspections should continue to be scheduled by assigned office staff Building Code Inspection Enforcement and Appeals Building inspectors are authorized to issue stop work orders when code requirements are not met Most inspection issues are resolved in consultation between the inspector and the chief building official Builders who disagree with the chief building official s interpretation of the code requirements may appeal directly to the city s board of adjustments and appeals If a permit holder refuses to comply with the chief building official or a decision of the appeals board he may appeal the decision to the appropriate court When necessary the city may request that a court enforce the provisions of its building code Property Maintenance Enforcement The building division staff enforces property maintenance codes MTAS agrees with the use of city court to enforce property maintenance issues Building inspectors are required to have a police officer issue a citation to city court for violations The procedure for removing junked automobiles in city court is effective The procedure of citing occupied property owners or tenants to city court for violating tall grass and weeds is also effective A non occupied property where notification is a problem requires the city to take action to mow grass and weeds and upon non payment place a lien on the property for recovery of costs The city should carefully monitor the liens and release those that have been satisfied per the requirements of Tennessee law Recommendations When action is taken to remove dilapidated structures MTAS recommends that the city proceed using the provisions of the state s slum clearance law which grants an automatic lien to recover costs Request that the city judge hold an environmental court to hear property maintenance issues and televise the sessions Authorize inspectors to issue citations to city court for violations of the property maintenance codes Request a police officer to arrest those who refuse the citation Do not charge a demolition fee for a dilapidated structure The city should remove as many obstacles to demolition as possible Number of Inspections and Cost and Revenue Analysis During fiscal year 2006 the city issued 1702 permits including zoning permits Building permits issued 555 Plumbing permits 266 Mechanical permits 258 Gas permits 163 Zoning permits 460 Total issued permits 1702 Note Residential mechanical and gas permits are included with the building permit Using 235 work days per year the division issued 7 24 permits per day Revenues from these permits totaled 321 624 50 Expenditures for the building code and property maintenance division totaled 249 546 49 Revenue per permit was 188 97 and expense per permit was 146 62 The division conducted 1 991 building permit inspections and 1 497 property maintenance inspections 43 of inspections were for property maintenance issues Because of the way inspections are counted cost per inspection could not accurately be determined and are not presented A framing plumbing and mechanical inspection performed on one inspection visit is recorded as one inspection Approximately 4 to 5 site visits per day are not counted as inspections It would be beneficial to compare the costs per inspection for the city of Columbia with comparable cities The costs of permits in the city of Columbia are comparable to similar sized cities Recommendations When multiple code inspections are conducted on one visit count an inspection for each code inspected All site visits should be counted as inspections but not as re inspections Establish clear cost and revenue centers for building and codes and for property maintenance in the city s accounting system This is necessary for cost comparison purposes Computer Equipment and Software The building division devotes considerable resources for issuing permits tracking the review and permitting process issuing notices recording inspections maintaining records administration and responding to builder inquiries For the most part most of the activities of the building codes division are performed manually Consideration may be in order to consider ways to provide the information more effectively and efficiently Delays amount to added costs for builders and the use of manual procedures and process will only increase costs in the future The city should consider upgrading software and providing adequate computer equipment for the staff MTAS recommends the following Recommendations Provide inspectors with laptop computers capable of recording inspections notes and comments into a building codes data base E mail or fax review comments to builders contractors architects and engineers without waiting for the completion of the review Time is money to builders and there are no good reasons for waiting to inform them of compliance issues Install a voice recognition system that allows contractors and builders to schedule inspections over the phone with an automated system Provide builders architects engineers and contractors with access to permit applications review status issuance status

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  • Knowledgebase-Building and Property Maintenance Standards Review
    This report outlines recommendations for enforcement of standards codes and recommended inspection and enforcement procedures and recommended implementation provisions Original Author Darden Ron Co Author Product Create Date 12 31 2003 Last Reviewed on 02 19 2010 Subject Code enforcement

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  • Knowledgebase-Building Codes Employee Classification System
    Codes Department in locating a building codes employee classification system that the city could use as a model The City of Miami Florida has a detailed classification and pay system that may be beneficial for your use The City of Miami has the following building code positions A Chief of Inspection Services Chief of Land Development Chief of Unsafe Structures Chief of Code S Compliance B Records Administrator Records Systems Specialist Permit Counter Assistant Permit Counter Representative Permits Plans Processing Assistant Plans Processing Aide Plans Processing Aide T Plans Processing Specialist C Building Inspector I Building Inspector II Building Inspector III Chief Building Inspector C Building Official D Plumbing Inspector I Plumbing Inspector II Plumbing Inspector III Chief Plumbing Inspector E Electrical Inspector I Electrical Inspector II Electrical Inspector III Chief Electrical Inspector F Mechanical Inspector I Mechanical Inspector II Mechanical Inspector III Chief Mechanical Inspector G Zoning Administrator Zoning Inspector I Zoning Inspector II Chief Zoning Inspector H Elevator Inspector Building Roofing Inspector I Training Officer Training Coordinator Enclosed is a copy of their pay grades including minimum and maximum and job descriptions including pay grades for each position I noticed in reviewing the job descriptions that they are

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  • Knowledgebase-Building Codes Inspector
    tasks EQUIPMENT JOB LOCATION The employee will operate a computer copier and other modern office equipment The employee will also operate a light duty vehicle Work performed is generally outdoors and some tasks may be performed regardless of weather conditions when necessary The employee will be exposed to dirt dust loud noises and tobacco smoke ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB Collects and accounts for permits Responsible for flood plain management Meets with the Planning Commission and the Zoning Appeals Board Inspects building construction sites for conforming to approved plans and compliance with applicable codes and ordinances Interprets explains and enforces codes and ordinances Reviews construction plans to determine if plans are in compliance with permits and codes Must establish and maintain an effective working relationship with contractor public and other employees Ability to evaluate and make decisions Ability physically and mentally to climb to different heights and function in close quarters for inspections ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED Any one position may not include all of the listed duties or duties which may be performed Investigates complaints of building or construction code or fire code violations Issues building permits Assists in the preparation of proposed code changes Consults with builders contractors engineers and architects regarding Southern Building Code and State guidelines Provides monthly reports regarding permits and fees Delivers correspondence to Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serves as the enforcement agent for TOSHA and OSHA regulations REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Knowledge of the Federal Flood Plain Regulations Knowledge of State City and County building codes governing the construction and maintenance of buildings Knowledge of basic plumbing and electrical functions Knowledge of the Southern Standard Building Code Knowledge of the geographic area of the City Ability to read and interpret construction plans and blue prints Ability to ascertain facts by personal

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  • Knowledgebase-Building Inspector and Building Permits
    s charter Private Acts 2000 Chapter 151 or general law that authorizes the city to create fee offices or that otherwise authorizes the city to provide that a city employee derive income from fees collected directly from property owners With respect to the adoption of any policy by the Town generally municipalities in Tennessee can act by ordinance or resolution which also includes motions Unless there is a specific charter or general statutory provision that requires a thing to be done by ordinance a city can act by resolution The city s charter does not prescribe any procedures or formalities by which ordinances or resolutions are passed In such a case it is legal for both forms of city action to be passed on one reading and they need not be published Likewise the charter does not prescribe how many votes are required to pass measures When that is the case the common law prevails Under the common law measures are passed by a majority of those present and voting assuming the presence of a quorum Collins v Janey 147 Tenn 477 249 S W 801 1923 Abstentions are not votes and do not operate as either an aye or a nay vote 2 Is the town required to have a licensed building inspector Can the city recorder issue building permits The answer to the first question is yes Tennessee Code Annotated 68 120 113 and the state rules and regulations issued under the authority of that statute 0780 2 16 01 et seq required that after July 1 1994 municipal and county fire prevention and building officials that have the authority to enforce fire and building codes must be certified Such officials employed on July 1 1994 had one year to achieve certification I am attaching both the above statute and state rules and regulations The answer to the second question is yes However in such a case the city would not be using a building permit system to enforce a building code but I assume as a means of keeping track of construction occurring within the city In such a case it is easy for a city to run into a problem of charging excessive building permit fees A licensing or fee system is supposed to generally reflect the rough cost of the regulatory scheme it supports If the recorder issues permits and there is in fact no building inspection your permit costs may be too high I am also attaching some additional information regarding small city building permit problems 3 Can the current building inspector be held legally liable for any permits issued in violation of the code of ordinances for the city I cannot answer that question without knowing the facts behind it The fact that permits were issued in violation of the code of ordinances for the city does not in and of itself tell me anything of legal significance with respect to the building inspector s potential liability under those circumstances Under the Tennessee

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  • Knowledgebase-Building Inspector Compensation: MTAS Library Survey
    were asked whether they employ a building inspector the salary and if there are any plan review fees Original Author Adams O Brien Frances Co Author Product Create Date 09 01 2007 Last Reviewed on 03 08 2010 Subject Code

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