Electrical inspector decides not retire
September 28, 2008
The town of Grand Lake has rejected an electrical services bid from SafeBuilt, LLC, a private building department services company.
Approached by SafeBuilt with a proposal to manage overall building inspections, the town of Grand Lake opted to separate out consideration of SafeBuilt’s proposal for electrical inspections, since an annual deadline to sever the state’s service is Sept. 30.
It was rumored Bob Shirley of Hot Sulphur Springs, the state’s regional inspector for the area, was thinking of retiring. This notion of losing a locally based and long-standing state inspector motivated not only Grand Lake but also Grand County to reevaluate its electrical services.
The county has pondered taking on inspections in-house by hiring a certified electrical inspector and cross-train a residential inspector for back-up.
But news of Shirley’s retirement changed by Monday, when in a conversation with him Commissioner Nancy Stuart found out Shirley had decided to remain on for two more years “due to the economy,” she said at last week’s Grand Lake Town Board meeting.
Shirley’s decision to stay on longer with the state prompted the county to postpone its plans to take on electrical inspections.
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“I know it’s going to happen eventually, just don’t know if it’s going to happen right now,” said Grand County’s Building Official Scott Penson to Grand Lake trustees.
He stressed that even if Shirley were to retire, the state would continue to service electrical inspections in Grand Lake and the county with another inspector, so Grand Lake would not be left hanging were it to decide it wanted to continue using the state for this service.
Grand Lake’s trustees voted unanimously to remain with the state inspector rather than “fix something that’s not broken.” Trustees said the town has not had any problems or complaints from electricians on inspections done by the state.
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