Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge’s April 6 veto of a resolution to create the county’s first in-house building code inspector was easily trumped Monday.
County commissioners voted 19-3 to override Eldridge’s first-ever veto that arose out of his desire to not “put the cart before the horse” in approving the new position and department without having a clearly defined method of funding in place.
Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford has said the in-house building code inspector’s cost would be offset by using the state’s established inspection and permitting fees. Commissioners obviously sided with Rutherford. Commissioners Mitch Meredith, David Tomita and Ken Lyon voted against the override. Commissioners Ethan Flynn and Lee Chase were not present at the vote.
Read the expanded version of this report at the Johnson City Press Web site.