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Monett building inspector makes Kiwanis presentation

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Details about operations in the City of Monett's Building and Zoning Inspector's office were shared with the Monett Kiwanis Club at last week's meeting.

Building Inspector Wade Ennes said contractors bring their plans to Ennes' office for review of code compliance and storm water retention requirements.

Commercial and industrial projects typically require construction documents prepared by an architect registered with the State of Missouri if the structure exceeds 20,000 cubic feet, Ennes said. Construction documents are typically not required on residential construction.

Ennes and Jeff Brattin, assistant inspector, conduct three inspections during the building process. They look at footings, the rough-in and open wall stage and the final review. Special inspections will be done as needed.

All building permit requests involve a check on the location for zoning compliance, lot dimensions, street width and frontage, plus available utilities. The building itself will have to meet standards for use, occupancy load, required exits, fire lane access and sprinkler system, under certain conditions.

Permit costs run on a standard formula, Ennes said. Residential fees run 10 cents per square foot and garages and accessory buildings run from five cents per square foot. Commercial projects and substantial remodeling or additions on residential properties run $3 to $1,000 per square foot.

The building inspector's office also enforces standards such as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations for building in a flood plain and national Flood Insurance Program guidelines.

New residential construction placed in a flood plain must have the finished floor elevated one foot above the base flood elevations. New commercial construction must meet the same height requirement or have engineered flood proofing designed and constructed, Ennes said.

The five-member Monett Building Board is responsible for enforcing the dangerous building ordinance. The inspectors bring cases before the board, which will grant owners time to make necessary repairs. Failure to comply will result in a public hearing. A recommendation for demolition would go to the full Monett City Council for final approval.

The Building Board presently has four members, Ennes said. The city council is seeking qualified persons to fill the remaining vacancy.

The 2006 International Property Maintenance code provides a standard for upkeep prior to structures reaching the dangerous building status. Violations of the code go before the Monett Municipal Court, Ennes said.

Kiwanis President Eric Kean presided at the meeting. Dayton Mackey was the program chairman.

In club news, Kean encouraged members to complete survey forms on children's needs in the community. He plans to appoint a committee to update the club's bylaws.

The Key Club, the student organization sponsored by the Kiwanians at Monett High School at noon, will have a convention March 9 through March 11 in Arkansas. Kiwanians will determine how many Key Club members can attend.

The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a program and a meal.

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