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Parkersburg Code Enforcement Director Andy Nestor displays an International Residential Code Handbook to illustrate what code inspectors should study for one of six certifications at a city council staff committee meeting of Parkersburg Tuesday at the Municipal Building. The committee returned an order establishing salary incentives for each certification a code employee earns to the full board. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — The staff committee returned an order to the entire Parkersburg City Council offering pay incentives to code-enforcement employees to obtain various certifications, increasing the amounts offered by the administration.

Code enforcement director Andy Nestor told committee members that only one of his staff is eligible for the six inspection areas the department runs beyond the maintenance requirement of ownership to get hired and that is because he started before the certification process was required and he is grandfathered. He is expected to retire in October.

Nestor has provisional certification in the areas of residential inspection, electrical, plumbing, plan review, and commercial building and electrical inspection. But there is only one other full-time code employee with additional inspection certification and studying for the rigorous testing takes a lot of time off work, he said.

“Right now, no one in my office is encouraged to get certified,” said Nestor.

The proposed order would have offered an additional 35 cents per hour for each of the residential, electrical, plumbing and plan examiner certifications and 75 cents per hour each for the commercial building and electrical inspector classifications, which s rely on residential classifications and are more complex. . Nestor said that even if everyone in the department received all six certifications, which is unlikely, the additional pay would be roughly neutral with the money saved after senior employees retire.

Parkersburg City Council Vice-Chairman Mike Reynolds speaks at Tuesday’s council meeting, which he led in the absence of council chairman Zach Stanley. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

“I don’t think that’s enough money” said staff committee chair Sharon Kuhl. “These are difficult tests. These require a lot of study.

Kuhl suggested raising the extra pay to 50 cents an hour for each residential certification and $1 an hour for commercial ones. The committee voted 5-0 to change the ordinance, then voted unanimously to send it back to council.

Nestor said he wants to get to the point where there is at least one certified employee in each area, although employees can earn additional certifications to earn more incentive pay.

“I think it incentivizes someone to get some financial benefit out of it,” he said.

Nestor said he hopes the extra pay inspires someone to fill the soon-to-be-created electrical inspection void.

Parkersburg City Councilwoman Sharon Kuhl reports on the staff committee meeting earlier in the evening during Tuesday’s council meeting. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The ordinance should appear in first reading on the agenda of the council of August 23.

Council also met in regular session Tuesday evening, voting 7-0, in the absence of Council President Zach Stanley and Councilman Jesse Cottrille, to approve the final reading of an ordinance correcting a problem that prevented 50 and 75 cents extra per hour. pay rates for first class police patrol and firefighters are not considered for cost-of-living adjustments. Council also approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the municipal code regarding accessory-use structures like garage apartments on a 7-0 vote.

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