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Re: Contractor hired Deputy Inspectors -Reply

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Up here in Sacramento, a recent article in the Sacto Bee disclosed that a
special inspector failed to identify numerous missing welds and other
connections in roof systems on several tiltup buildings. In one case, the roof
was sagging on the order of 10 inches and leaking. The inspector has since
retired, but one of the building owners, Buz Oates, has complained about the
treatment he?s received from the City?s Building Department. The City?s new
building official, Brad Boehm, has stood up to this criticism and reiterated
that the ultimate responsibility rests on the owner. Boehm received support
for his stance from the City Manager. Buz Oates is complaining about paying
additional permit fees to fix the deficiencies among other things. A former
building official, Tim Sullivan, was quoted in the paper as supporting the
City?s actions and expressing concerns that the building code delegates a
number of key tasks to special inspectors and are thus not personnally within
the control building city building officials who must rely on the reports of
these inspectors.
Fred Turner
Staff Structural Engineer
Ca. Seismic Safety Commission
1900 K St. #100 Sacramento, CA 95814
916-327-1606 916-322-9476 Fax