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Borough's building inspector to resign

May 14, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Waynesboro's building inspector, zoning officer and code enforcement officer for the past seven years will say goodbye May 21 to take a job with a private construction company in Hagerstown, he said this week.

Doug Pyle announced his resignation Monday.

The future of the position is in limbo until the Waynesboro Borough Council figures out how, or even if, it will fill the job in light of the new statewide uniform building code that becomes effective July 1, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said this week.

"We may have to replace half of him," Hamberger said.

Pyle's duties as zoning officer and code enforcement officer will have to be continued.

Municipalities have three ways to enforce the new statewide inspection code. They can hire their own certified inspector or share a state inspector or a private contractor with other communities.

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Hamberger said Pyle's resignation was unexpected.

"It's a loss. Doug did a commendable job," he said.

Pyle was paid about $32,000 a year, Hamberger said.

The borough had been paying to send Pyle and Scott Crum, a draftsman and inspector in the engineering office, to take building inspector certification courses in Enola, Pa.

The fees paid for building permits will cover the salary and expenses of an inspector, Hamberger said.

Pyle said it takes three years to be certified by the state for an inspector of residential construction and five years for commercial inspections.

Inspectors have to be knowledgeable about all forms of construction, including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy, he said.

Pyle, who lives in Greencastle, Pa., said he hopes the borough council hires Crum to enforce the new statewide building code.

"With all the extra work that will be required by the new code and with all the growth that's coming to Waynesboro, the borough will need a full-time inspector," he said. "Hopefully, they'll let Scott become certified."

Pyle, 53, said is leaving the borough because he wants to get back into the construction business.

"I did that for 25 years before I came here," he said.

He's taken a job as an estimator and superintendent with a Hagerstown roofing company, he said.

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