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County updates building inspection codes

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By Lisa King

Shelby County is about to move more deeply into inspecting commercial buildings.

Shelby County Fiscal Court approved Tuesday the first reading of an ordinance to update the codebook for building inspections and allow county inspectors to evaluate those buildings. In the past, state inspectors were called in.

Tony Kelley, Shelby County Level 1 Building Inspector, said that he recently has been certified to do commercial building inspections as well as residential but that the county's code book had to be updated to allow him to do so.

"This will save the county a lot of money because now we won't have to get a state inspector to come in to do commercial inspections," said Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger.

With the second reading of the ordinance, Kelley will be able to conduct commercial building inspectors on structures up to 10,000 square feet.

The updated code is called the International Building Code and Kentucky Building Code.

Also at their biweekly meeting, magistrates also approved several requests by Road Department Supervisor Carl Henry, the first of which was to purchase salt this year for $71.29 per ton.

"It's a more reasonable price than last year," he said, when the county paid $120.42 per ton.

He added that the county uses an average of 1,500 tons per year, and still had 500 tons left from last winter, because more salt was ordered during the ice storm, leaving the county with a small excess.

The court also agreed to accept a bid for construction work for roadwork from Louisville Paving.

"We 'd love to see Shelby Asphalt get it, but Louisville Paving is cheaper, and they do a really nice job, too," Henry said.

Magistrates also agreed to take Finchville Park Road into the county road system, a move that Henry said would be advantageous to the county.

"Three hundred feet of it [980 total feet] is already blacktopped, and it's in pretty good shape," he said. "I suggest taking it into our county road system because it will mean more money from the state in highway funding."

 he said.

Magistrates also agreed to permit Jailer Bobby Waits to advertise for bids for the sally-port project at the detention center, which will provide a closed-in area for police to drop off prisoners from their cruisers. This $100,000 project will be paid for with funds allocated for that purpose from the construction of the detention center.

"It will be more secure, and it is much-needed," Magistrate Michael Riggs said. "And the good thing is that nothing will be pulled out of the budget. We had originally planned to make it a part of the detention center project, anyway."