New Vincent building inspector resigns post

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Vincent police officer David Latimer has resigned as the town&8217;s building inspector, citing conflicts with his police work.

Upon receiving the resignation, the town council and Mayor Terry Allen voted at a special session meeting on Aug. 21 to contract with the Shelby County Department of Development Service for building inspections.

The town also will allow the county to issue permits for new homes, home additions, subdivisions and any new commercial buildings. The term of the contract is for one year with renewal unless one of the parties requests termination.

After the meeting, Allen sent Development Services Director Ray Hamilton a letter stating that Vincent would like to enter into the agreement as soon as possible.

Vincent had voted in July to use an in-house inspector, saying that using a town staff member will make inspections more convenient and affordable to citizens, as well as cheaper than a county contract. Besides an in-house or county inspector, the council had also explored the option of hiring someone that wasn&8217;t on the town&8217;s payroll.

Latimer had already contacted Hoover, Pelham and Calera for insight on establishing a Vincent inspection department.