By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal
The City of Louisville in anticipation of the storm damage repairs contracted with an additional home and construction inspector.
Richard Bryan has been busy organizing, clarifying and working with contractors, homeowners and other individuals to make sure all the new construction and repairs on done up to the proper codes.
“These codes are for the health, safety and welfare of all the residents,” said Bryan.
The tornado damaged some 1,100 homes in the area, according estimates from FEMA. While some damage only required minor repairs some to the homes, and business damages require repairs that will have to follow the construction plan requirements, inspection requirements and permit requirements.
Bryan noted that the city inspection requirements and codes have been in place for many years and that many people were not aware of them until the tornado damage.
The Louisville Board of Aldermen did recently update the codes to meet the 2012 standards for buildings and also updated the fees for inspections to defray the costs and to match similar sized communities. The fees had not been updated in at least 29 years according to city Engineer Kenny Morris during the Aldermen meeting when the fee schedule was updated.
The board aldermen contracted out many of the inspections to help insure that all those repairing and rebuilding could get timely inspections and keep projects moving forward.
“With the amount of damage we had here and the rebuilding subsequently going on, it is much more than the regular staff could handle especially with other storm related work,” said Jody Fulton Code Enforcement Officer.
The city has been issueing permits on construction and repairs.
Bryan also noted one of the challenges to the inspections was locating the homes and construction sites.
“One of the challenges is finding the addresses we were looking for — so many homes are gone,” he said. “Locating the work areas can be a challenge.”
Bryan encouraged all residents looking to make repairs or have any construction plans to contact the Code Enforcement office at 200 South Church Avenue Louisville, MS 39339 at (662) 773-9201 from Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The office has full details on all requirements along with a detailed fee schedule.
Bryan noted that he did not wish to issue any stop work orders on any construction and the best way to keep the work going was to get all the proper paperwork filed with the city which is in place to make the resident’s life safer.
The Municipal Code Enforcement Division was established in the City of Louisville by the Mayor and Board of Alderman in 2010 when the city leaders felt a more concentrated effort should be taken with the city’s many residential and commercial codes. The Municipal Code Enforcement Division is operated daily by the Municipal Code Enforcement Officer.