Revisions to HIPC codes are eyed by commission

Thursday, August 31, 2006

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Planning Commission (HIPC) is still considering revisions to its Certificate of Occupancy Checklist and Regulations for Construction and Residential Habitation.

In a discussion at its weekly meeting Friday, at which member Kevin Crosson was absent, the board heard Building Inspector Red Perkins express concern there is no requirement for those who blast dynamite at a construction site.

"They should have to have a permit," he said. "We should know who they are."

He said he believes the state requires a license.

"But we meet only once a week," said Commissioner Frank Smith. "Sometimes they don't know ahead of time they will need to blast." He said requiring a permit would hold up construction.

Perkins expressed concern about liability should a blasting contractor damage the foundation of a nearby home.

Chairman Joe Schuler pointed out that would be a civil matter between the lot owner and the contractor.

"It's buyer beware," he said. "We need to make (property) owners aware what their responsibilities are."

Perkins said he would look into state requirements on blasting, and the commission agreed to put the discussion off until a full board was present.

They also discussed changing the square-footage requirement wording from "heated space" to "habitable space" and clarifying the water connections that require copper piping.

In other business, HIPC:

* Approved Permit #2126 for 90 days to property owner Dean Lenz to build an 8-foot by 10-foot golf cart shed at his home at 60 Holiday Island Drive.

* Approved two permit extensions for Kevin Jacobson of J&J Contractors: a 30-day extension, to Sept. 30, on Permit #2079 at 174 Holiday Island Drive; and a one-week extension, to Aug. 31, on Permit #2091 at 39 Indian Wells Drive.

* Received a copy of a letter from the Oak Point Condominium Association approving Bob and Susan Overgaard's deck at 47 Oak Point Drive.

The commission meets every Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. at its office in the Park Shopping Center at 1 Parkcliff Drive, Suite D. Permits and related requests are considered first, followed by other business.

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