CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Officials for the city of Nitro have had to contract out building inspections after their building inspector lost his license.
City building inspector Ron King had been operating under a two-year provisional certificate. West Virginia Acting Fire Marshal Anthony Carrico said that certification expired Sept. 30, 2012.
The lapsed certification left Nitro without a legally licensed building inspector. Under state law, building inspectors can operate under a provisional certificate for two years, until they can take the tests required to get full certification.
State law says provisional certificates can't be renewed. Despite that, in May, Nitro officials asked Carrico for an extension of King's provisional license.
Carrico denied the request, saying the city had not shown a pressing need for the extension.
City officials appealed Carrico's ruling to the state Fire Commission. Carrico said a hearing was held earlier this month but the Fire Commission has yet to rule on the appeal.
"We have not heard anything yet," said Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt.
Casebolt said the city has contracted with the city of Hurricane to conduct building inspections in Nitro.
He said there aren't many building inspections in Nitro anyway. When one is necessary, Casebolt said Hurricane building inspector Danny Brickles will do the inspection.
"He's probably the best inspector in the state," Casebolt said.
Casebolt said King is taking a certification test in the next week or so to try to get full certification. The mayor said Brickles will conduct building inspections until King is certified.
If King doesn't get his certification, Casebolt said, the city will be in the market for a new, full-time building inspector.
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