East Carbon City has continued its discussion on the issue of the city building inspector. Currently, the county has informed the city that it needs to identify new buildings in need of inspection which it will inspect. However, the County does not want responcibility for old buildings as they are city's concern.
The office of the city building inspector has been a problem recently, because, while most small communities in the area rely on the county inspector, East Carbon City has fielded their own inspections up until now. Recently, however, licensing and personnel issues have created a liability problem that has the county concerned.
Since it is unclear at this point how the city will remedy the situation, there were a variety of suggestions from council members. Councilwoman Joyce Caviness was fine with the idea of having the county conduct commercial inspections, but wanted residential ones to stay under the city's control.
"My only concern is that if it's going to be $300 to inspect a closet remodel, no one's going to get anything inspected," said Councilman Dave Maggio.
The issue is still ongoing as further details need to be finalized with the county. In total, there are about 16 new permits that will fall under the county's responsibility for now.
Other pressing city business included a $284,000 budget overstatement that Councilman Andy Urbanik addressed. The money was listed as being included in the general funds, when, in fact, it belonged with the water treatment plant. Thus, the funds were moved. This financial news brought up another issue regarding seasonal employees because Mayor Orlando La Fontaine indicated that he would like to rehire three seasonal employees at minimum wage for the remaining fall season, or six additional weeks.
Councilwoman Darlene Kuhns questioned whether three people were needed, but as the amount of time was so short, it was determined that three would be necessary to complete tasks in preparation for the onset of winter.
Another problem the city faces in terms of city maintenance is an issue regarding drainage on Eighth West. When it rains, the street becomes flooded. Councilman Dave Avery reported that he has personally inspected the area.
"In my opinion (to fix Eighth West), it's going to be big and it's going to be costly," said Avery. "It's a disaster."
Mayor La Fontaine agreed that the area needs to fixed, because it will eventually become a liability for the city. Although he intends to create a firm plan to fix the area, he indicated that the city will need to locate funding. Councilman Maggio, who also inspected the area, said the city will have an engineering firm inspect the area and determine what needs to be done. He added that he was distressed that a telephone pole was in the way and that the company who owns it refused to move it.
"It's ridiculous. That pole is in the way and they won't move it. They act they've got something special out there," said Maggio.
Maggio also reported that the city's garbage transfer station is in need of a permanent solution. The council voted to have City Sanitation deal with it for the time being at a rate of $50 per load. He believes the city will need to find its own way to keep the station in order. Problems have plagued the station, because the city's roll-off truck has become decrypted and unsafe and the city has been unable to properly manage it.
"My only concern (with the City Sanitation deal) is that they're not going to escalate charges. I don't want to get into a sub-prime lending roll-off truck situation," said Maggio. "I want something in writing."
In conclusion, the city appointed two committees consisting of the mayor and two council members to look into issues relating to the new public safety building's electrical and structure problems. They will meet with Sunnyside City Council to consider a new way to organize the ambulance service to keep it in the area and not rely on the county ambulance. The city also approved a measure to fix the Animal Control truck window and approved $1,200 from a city aware, to go to making two picnic areas for the walking trail.