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Mayor, inspector remind Mtn. City citizens building codes must be met

By Paula Walter
The Town of Mountain City has hired a new building inspector, Alan Hammons, who comes to the job with a vast amount of experience earned from owning a construction company. Hammons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction technology from East Tennessee State University and is licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina.
Hammons is the fifth building inspector hired by Mountain City and has up to a year to become certified. “The state requires municipalities to have a building inspector,” said Mayor Lawrence Keeble. “I have a lot of confidence in him becoming certified before his 12 months is up.” According to Keeble, Mountain City has previously adopted the 2009 international building codes. “Alan uses that and he has a lot of knowledge,” said Keeble. The city had no choice in the adoption of building codes, as it is required by the State of Tennessee. “We probably are going to have to contract with the state to provide building inspection if Alan doesn’t stay,” he said. “I have confidence Alan will stay.”
Counties within the state have the choice to opt out and may not require the use of building codes. Johnson County had previously decided against making these codes mandatory, but they are required to vote again on the issue within six months of the seating of the new county commission. The state encourages all counties to adopt the codes.
“Building codes are put in place for the safety of the public,” Hammons said. “The requirements are mandated by the state and are set in place to meet minimum requirements.” According to Hammons, the purpose of the inspection department is to ensure the building contractor has followed the codes established for the safety of all. “It just makes it easier to follow the rules,” said Keeble. “Whatever is required is required.” According to Keeble, the City Council and Planning Commission play no favorites. “What’s fair for one is fair for all,” said Keeble. “I request the public cooperate.”
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