The members of the Sumner County Commission voted 19-1-1 to adopt provisions of the 2009 and 2015 International Residential Codes for Sumner County. In addition, the members of the commission voted to increase the construction fees when applying for a building permit. The new codes and increase in building fees will begin Oct. 1, 2015.

Director of Building and Codes Department Marshall Wright will organize training sessions for builders. These training sessions will include a question and answer period.

Commissioner Larry Hinton (2) asked if Wright was confident that the inspectors were trained well enough to get started off on the right foot.

The commissioners were assured that the inspectors would be knowledgable and trained the day the new codes begin.

There was some discussion of possibly delaying the implementation of the codes until Jan. 1, 2016, if the codes were adopted; however Law Director Leah May Dennen said that all notifications had been done properly and did not recommend waiting until the first of the year to implement the new codes.

Hinton said, “I have reservations that we are springing too much stuff on contractors when all they’re trying to do is make a living. There should be some tolerance as we go about getting implemented.”

The commissioners were reassured that there were methods in place if a builder did not agree with the inspector and that Wright had the final say if there was a problem with an inspector.

Billy Geminden (2) addressed the poor attendance of contractors at the public meeting. He compared that attendance with a similar meeting held in Portland where the room was full which he attributed to a letter going out to all the local contractors about the new changes and inviting them to a meeting at city hall.

The members of the commission voted 16-1-3 to apply a 0.004 multiplier to the building cost derived from the International Code Council Building Valuation Data Table to begin on Oct. 1, 2015.

Commissioner Steve Graves (3) made a motion to drop the multiplier to 0.002 to help out the citizens, but the motion failed with a vote of 7-0-13.

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