HI building inspector Dillow leaving position
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Planning Commission's building inspector, Morris Dillow, resigned his position Tuesday.
He said by phone he did not want to comment on why he was leaving but had given a resignation letter to Chairman Myrna Peterson.
Dillow worked for HIPC for six years, starting in January 2007. Licensed by the state as a building inspector, he worked for HIPC as an independent contractor, paid out of HIPC's permit and inspection fees.
Originally from Elgin, Ill., he moved to Holiday Island from England, Ark. in 2006. He had been in the construction business since 1971, served as a construction superintendent for the State of Arkansas from 1999 to 2003 and as a facilities construction electrician lead and project electrician.
During his employment with HIPC, Dillow was responsible for inspecting new and remodeled construction, decks, roofs and mechanical installations.
He was known for stringently enforcing state and federal codes, especially those pertaining to electrical, plumbing and heat/air, often citing potential safety and liability issues in the face of some property owners' and contractors' complaints.
He was diligent about informing the commission about new and upcoming state and federal building requirements and in ensuring that work was done by state-licensed contractors, unless exempted. As a result, HIPC revised its building regulations several times to incorporate new rules.
Dillow also ensured that property owners who had work done without a permit or an approval, in many cases ignorant of the requirements, came before the commission to obtain them and pay required fees, which at times made Dillow unpopular.
Peterson said Wednesday she did not want to comment about the inspector's reasons for resigning. She said the commission had met Tuesday afternoon to go over draft revisions to its building regulations and also to discuss a course of action in the wake of the resignation, but no decisions had been made.
She said HIPC will release a statement in the near future.