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|Building Code Changes Still on Hold; ROE Lawsuit Settlement Approved
|There still aren't any specific building codes in place in Knox County.
That's because the Knox County Board Wednesday night once again tabled proposed amendments to the building code, therefore not making the code available for public display before a final vote could take place.
Board members were to consider removing restrictions on burning, because several thought that would lead to a county-wide burning ban.
Knox County Farm Bureau Vice President David Erickson says his group still doesn't understand why building codes are needed.
"We're concerned that...budgets are tight," Erickson said. "Certainly they are here in Knox County along with many other municipalities. We're concerned about passing a new program and its associated administrative costs, and what that means to the taxpayers of Knox County."
While board members expressed concern that some details still needed to be worked out, while others don't think county buildings codes are needed, resident Jon Vanier says he sees it differently based on experience.
"My building permit for Knox County was $540," Vanier said. "With that, I got no inspections. I don't know how it takes $540 to change your tax rolls in Knox County, but I ran into workmanship that was unacceptable to me."
The code was to be consistent with international building codes. Board members who were in favor of tabling the codes yet again suggested that there were still areas that needed to be hashed out in order to make the public happy.
The current set of proposed codes would only deal with new construction by residents who live in unincorporated portions of the county. They'll likely be back before the board next month.
The County Board Wednesday night approved a 24-thousand dollar settlement payout to former Knox County Academy principal Gay Johnson, who sued Regional Superintendent of Schools Bonnie Harris claiming she was wrongly terminated from her job there.
|03 25 10 by Newsroom
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