Planning, building services ready to revive trade boards

Citizens invited to apply to serve on various boards, commissions

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By AMANDA KIMBLE
TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (October 11, 2016) – Applications are currently being sought from Stephenville residents – and few county folks – eager to serve the city and its citizens. From boards aimed at improving the quality of life to others that oversee planning and economic development, there are options for people from all walks of life.

Applications, which can be downloaded from the city’s website or obtained from Stephenville City Hall, will be accepted through Friday, November 4, according to City Secretary Cindy Stafford.

The city accepts applications annually and appointments to a number of boards and commissions, as well as four skilled trade boards will be considered this year.

Service on the building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing boards, which play a vital role in planning and development, is limited to skilled professionals with the knowledge and experience in applicable fields.

Noah Cullis, director of planning and building services, recently spoke to the importance of the boards to the planning, growth and development within the city limits.

Cullis said the boards have not met in about two years, but the Building Board is planning to meet this month. He also plans to contact members of the other trade boards to determine if they will continue to represent their respective industries.

Each of the trade boards address issues related to national and international codes; provide for the issuance of permits and collection of fees; and address industry-related issues. The building, mechanical and electrical boards each have five members. The plumbing board has seven members.

According to the city’s website, the Building Board regulates activities affecting all building activities and structures.

The Mechanical Board helps regulate activities affecting heating, ventilating, cooling, refrigeration systems, incinerators and other heat-producing appliances.

The Electrical Board provides for the inspection and regulation of the installation of electrical wiring and apparatus.

The Plumbing Board regulates activities affecting the maintenance or use of plumbing Tucson or rainwater systems.

“We want very active trade boards,” Cullis said. “They are assets to the building community, because if my building official makes a ruling and the contractor doesn’t agree, they can ask for an appeal.”

That appeal would be reviewed by the related board of trade professionals, who would have the discretion of siding with city officials or the affected contractor.

Cullis also said if the city plans to update current building codes, the boards would be an active part of the process. He said proposed revisions would discussed by the appropriate board before being forwarded to the city council for approval.

The city council most recently adopted the international building, residential, plumbing, fuel gas and energy conservation codes 2009 editions, electrical code 2011 and mechanical code 2012.

Skilled professionals who have interest in serving on a trade board are asked to call Cullis at 918-1216 for more information.

Meanwhile, appointments will also be considered for Planning and Zoning Commission, Airport Advisory Board, Board of Adjustment, Dangerous Buildings Abatement Board, Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Water Conservation Committee, Senior Citizens Advisory Board and Stephenville Type B Economic Development Authority.

Each of the appointments span a two-year term, and more information on the boards can be found on the city website.

All Stephenville residents may apply for a position, and limited spaces are available for Erath County residents interested in serving on the airport, library, senior citizens and parks and recreation advisory boards.

Following the November 4 deadline, members of the Stephenville City Council Nominations Committee – Chairman Rhett Harrison and members Jerry Warren and Carla Trussell – will review applications. The city council will consider the appointments at its December 6 meeting.

For more information, contact Stafford at city hall by calling 254-918-1212.


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