By Daniel Brunty
Winston County Journal
The Louisville Rotary Club were addressed with the importance of city inspection codes by city officials during their weekly meeting this past
Wednesday at Lake Tiak O’Khata.
Addressing the Rotarians for this meeting was recently hired Louisville City Inspector Richard Bryan and Code Enforcement Officer Jody Fulton. Bryan was hired by the city to assist with inspections because of the April 28 storms. Both men were on hand to talk about the importance of residents to comply with the code of ordinances.
The meeting began with an announcement from John Fair. Fair informed all the Rotarians about the upcoming Foundation Membership Seminar on August 23. Fair said this would be a perfect opportunity for any Rotarian who would like to learn about membership development and to learn more about the District.
The first speaker for the day was Bryan. Bryan, who recently became the City Inspector, began by giving some background on his previous employment, as well as the reason why he came to Louisville. Next, Bryan went on to say that most people are not familiar with the codes, and that is why it sometimes frustrates the individual. Bryan then described some of the issues that he has seen in his short time in the city, and how some houses that were not tethered properly had more devastation than what should have occurred.
Bryan also explained how the big challenge of performing inspections is the fact that most people do not understand why they need codes. He then concluded his presentation with explaining the process of creating codes.
The next speaker to address the Rotarians was Fulton. Fulton began by giving credit to Bryan for all the hard work he has done in the small amount of time he has been in the city. He then explained how inspections are not for the Municipal Code Enforcement Dept. or even the city, but they are for the safety of the occupants of the home.
Fulton then explained the scope of his duties, including not only inside the home, but outside as well. He explained how the April 28 storms have brought new challenges, such as debris removal from yards. He stated how he was amazed how a lot of homes in the community have already picked up their yards and are moving to the next steps of recovery.
With the departure of FEMA soon, the responsibility will now fall on city officials, especially to Fulton and Bryan. Fulton said the yards that still need debris removal will receive a letter from the city in regards to its clean-up. Debris removal of properties that have not done so will be the next challenge for Fulton and his department.
Fulton then answered a question from Fair regarding the entranceways to the cemetery, as far as reconstruction of them. Mayor Will Hill then interjected with some info regarding this topic. Hill explained that one of the ideas pitched for the cemetery.
“A commitment was made on the day of the memorial that a community-wide memorial service would be held for the ten people who lost their lives. After seeing what has been done in certain areas, and the limitations of what might be able to us in funding and what Rotary can do.”
Hill then explained that he has been in contact with the design firm for the plywood plant and hospital to design an all-new entrance to the cemetery, to enhance the entrance to tie both Memorial Park and Garden together while memorializing the ten people who lost their lives. A courtyard will be part of the design.
Hill also stated that with Louisville being such a patriotic community, a flagpole with a Veteran’s display was another idea that they would like to incorporate into Memorial Park/Garden.
The meeting concluded with Fair giving the Rotarians an update on the status of a grant that they plan to use for the cemetery project.
The Rotary Club of Louisville hosts weekly speakers every Wednesday at noon in Lake Tiak O’Khata. For more information you may contact a local Rotarian about attending an event and/or membership.