By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
The Cumberland County Commission approved a resolution that adds a fee schedule to mechanical inspections of new residential home construction in the county during March’s county commission meeting.
Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner, told the commission the resolution was discussed in the building and grounds committee meeting, but it failed to get five votes and did not pass.
“It’s something we need to do. Our grants, like on the recycling center, could be affected by the state if we don’t approve something,” Rimmer said.
Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, said he couldn’t see raising the cost of a building permit given the current situation of the slowed building in the county.
When asked his opinion, Cumberland County Attorney Randal Boston said that if the county does not adopt a policy, or contract the plumbing inspections out, then the state will send someone in for the inspections, which could cost more.
The city of Crossville currently conducts residential building construction inspections for Cumberland County through an agreement for the past two years. Mechanical inspections are already required by code.
The resolution allows the city to collect payment for the inspection work. For plumbing inspection, the fee is an additional $25 plus an additional $12.50 per 1,000 square feet.
For a combined mechanical and plumbing inspection it is $50 for buildings up to 1,000 square feet and an additional $25 per 1,000 additional square feet.
“It’s going to be enforced. The choice is up to us. Would you rather have it done locally or from someone you don’t know from Memphis or Knoxville? You may have to wait for days instead of hours,” Jeff Brown, 8th District commissioner said.
The resolution for the fee schedule for mechanical inspections of residential home construction was approved in a 13 to 5 vote.
Rimmer moved to approve resolution 02-2013-4 to approve mechanical inspections of residential home construction.
Her motion was supported by Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner.
Voting in favor of the motion were Brian Houston and Harry Sabine, 1st District; Nancy Hyder and Caroline Knight, 2nd District; David Hassler, 3rd District; Allen Foster, 4th District; Joe Koester and Jan McNeil, 5th District; Mike Harvel and Turner, 7th District; Brown and Rimmer, 8th District; and John Kinnunen, 9th District.
Voting against the motion were Johnny Presley, 3rd District; Charles Seiber, 4th District; Larry Allen and Terry Carter, 6th District; and Lynch, 9th District.