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Monett's first building inspector set to retire

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monett Building Inspector George Rausch, at right, received a framed resolution from the Monett City Council on Tuesday, honoring him for 20 years of service to the City of Monett. In the photo above, Jerry Dierker, Monett commissioner, presents Rausch with his framed award. Rausch's last day on the job will be April 30. The city is hosting a reception in Rausch's honor from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 28 at the Monett Park Casino. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]
The man who has served as the City of Monett's building inspector for the past two decades was honored by the Monett City Council during its meeting yesterday morning.

Mayor Jim Orr read a resolution recognizing George Rausch's outstanding contributions to city government. Rausch is retiring from his post this month. A reception will be held in his honor on Wednesday, April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the City Park Casino in Monett's South Park.

Rausch was hired by the City of Monett in 1990, becoming the city's first building inspector. The Monett High School graduate, who also earned an engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla, joined the city staff after working in the building trade for 13 years.

Under Rausch's tenure, Monett adopted the Building Officials and Administrators (BOCA) building codes in 1989 and then upgraded to the Universal Building Code. It was also Rausch who established and developed city's first building inspection program.

"He protected the investments of individuals, businesses and taxpayers by ensuring that the construction projects they were paying for were built as designed . . . and ensured quality construction in Monett by reviewing hundreds of sets of architectural plans," Orr stated during the meeting while reading a resolution issued in Rausch's honor.

Rausch is also credited with designing and implementing fluoride and chlorine systems for the city wells and bringing all city facilities into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in his role as chairman of the City ADA Committee.

In addition to his day-to-day duties with the city, Rausch has been instrumental in organizing the annual Southwest Section meeting of the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference, which is held each year in Monett. He has served as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer of that group.

In 2008, Rausch was awarded the State of Missouri's "Outstanding Service Award" at the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference.

"We all wish George a long and happy retirement," said Orr.

The April 28 reception that will be held in Rausch's honor is open to the community. Citizens can come and go at any time during the three-hour event.

Rausch's last day on the job will be April 30. City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the city has advertised the position and conducted interviews. He expected Rausch's successor would be hired within the next two weeks.

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