September 14, 2005
The regular meeting of the Santa Rosa County Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals was held September 14, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Santa Rosa County Building Inspection Department located at 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton, FL 32583. Board members present were Mr. Frank Harold, Chairman, Mr. Danny Holt, Vice Chairman, Mr. Charles “Pete” Southerland and Mr. William J. Blackman.
Building Inspection Department staff in attendance was Mr. Tim Tolbert, Building Official; Mr. Randy Jones, Compliance Investigator and Mrs. Robyn Leverton, Office Assistant.
Mr. Tom Dannheisser, County Attorney, was not present for the meeting.
Mr. Frank Harold, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
The sound system was inoperable; therefore there is no cassette tape copy of this meeting.
Approval of Agenda:
There was an amendment to the agenda. The first items of business, the Appeal of Building Department’s Interpretation of Code by Kevin M Case d/b/a Collins and Associates, was removed due to no representation by appellant. Mr. Blackman made a motion to accept the amended agenda. Mr. Southerland seconded the motion. The motion carried with a unanimous vote.
Approval of Minutes:
Mr. Holt made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 10, 2005 meeting. Mr. Southerland seconded the motion. The motion carried with a unanimous vote.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, October 12, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. in the Building Inspection Department Conference Room.
New Business (Probable Cause)
Jo Sizemore VS Steven Smith d/b/a Integrity Contractors
Randy Jones introduced the case. He explained that the State’s Attorney is working this as a criminal case as well. A roof was contracted for repair/replacement in December 2004 by Integrity Contractors; Integrity did obtain a permit for the roof replacement. Ms. Sizemore contacted us in Jan/Feb ’05 with complaints on the roof and some other construction, in a room in the rear area of the house that was being completed. Randy Jones described the building that was taking place. Steven Smith (Integrity Contractors) became involved in Feb. ’05. No additional permits have been pulled and there may have been aiding and abating of an unlicensed contractor.
Ms. Sizemore and her new husband, Mike Ryban, was present and spoke on their behalf. They stated that based on the contract that Ms. Sizemore received, Steve Smith held the license and Allen Wichtendahl & Gordon Downs, d/b/a DBA Contractors, Inc., were borrowing Steve’s license to complete the work. They described the shoddy workmanship after which the Board asked questions and a discussion ensued. They also stated that Steve Smith’s secretary, Michele, knew about the issues on site and they believed that once Steve became involved, he knew that permits should have been pulled.
Steven Smith presented his case. He stated that Allen (Wichtendahl) was an employee of Integrity Contractors and that he (Steve Smith) had no idea DBA Contractors, Inc., was doing this work under his name. The Board questioned Steve. Steve stated that he did pull the permit for the roof and says that he is responsible for the roof only.
Mr. Frank Harold, Chairman, called a recess at 4:25 p.m.; meeting was called back to order at 4:32 p.m.
Mr. Southerland made a motion to table the case until the next meeting. Mr. Blackman seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-1 with Mr. Holt opposed. The Board requested that the case be brought before them as probable cause for the next meeting and that Steven Smith provide payroll and/or other records showing that Mr. Wichtendahl was an employee of Integrity Contractors.
Old Business (Probable Cause)
John & Theresa Shoemaker VS Steven Brett Currence d/b/a Dolphin Custom Homes
We are revisiting this case to receive an update on the progress of the contractor’s work. Randy Jones stated that the framing inspection has passed, they are sheet rocking today and the engineering, for the washed out portion of the foundation, has been submitted to our office.
Brett Currence with Dolphin Custom Homes was present and spoke. He stated that the low voltage permit slowed their progress on the sheetrock.
Mrs. Shoemaker was present; she said she was satisfied with the progress of the contractor’s effort to this point.
Mr. Blackman made a motion to table the case until the next meeting. Mr. Southerland seconded the motion. The motion passed with a unanimous decision.
Old Business (Probable Cause)
Steve & Kathy Jones vs. Joel Thompson d/b/a Sea Side Building Services
This is another case that we are revisiting to receive an update on the progress of the contractor’s work. Randy Jones spoke regarding Sea Side Building Services. He said that Sea Side has pulled 32 permits since “Ivan”; 4 of which have passed final inspections. He was not given Joel Thompson’s contact phone number as agreed upon at the August ’05 meeting.
Mr. Larry Fowler, representing Sea Side Building was present and said that he would give Randy the phone number for Joel Thompson after the meeting.
Mrs. Jones spoke and stated that Sea Side has been on site working; she is satisfied with the work, but is still waiting on a passed final inspection.
Mr. Holt made a motion to table the case until the next meeting. Mr. Southerland seconded the motion. The motion passed with a unanimous decision. The Board informed Sea Side that their open permits would be addressed at the next meeting. They needed to get final inspections on their remaining permits.
Mr. Blackman made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Holt seconded the motion. The motion carried with a unanimous vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Approved this ______ day of __________________, 2005.
Prepared by Robyn Leverton, Office Assistant
Santa Rosa County Building Inspection Department