By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Stephenville City Administrator Pat Bridges has informed council members he will have a new building official in place by Tuesday, November 10, as he works at rebuilding the city’s planning and building services department.
The hiring of Robert Turk should help ease some of the worry about the city being able to handle inspections and issue building permits.
Stephenville had been operating under a contract with County Wide Inspections Services, but Bridges found the city needed to supplement its inspection ability and began seeking out a new building official for employment.
After hours inspections and the ability for “on call” was apparently what Bridges was seeking, and it lead to a disagreement and a cordial severing of the contract via a 30-day notice. The contract is expected to terminate November 18 or eight days after Turk takes up his new position.
Plans are underway to employ a building inspector and Bridges is expected to shortly announce his decision regarding who will be Stephenville’s next director of planning and building services.
Bridges is currently out of the office on a medical leave and expected to be back at work at least part-time following shoulder surgery November 2.
Turk is currently serving as a building official for the city of Mineral Wells. Turk has been contacted by The Flash Today and agreed to an interview so we can introduce him via an introductory article to our readers.