TOSHA Newsletter Winter
Building Inspector Praised for Finding Faulty Flue in Collierville, Tenn., Home
David Stewart doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but some of his co-workers in the Town of Collierville’s code enforcement division, an ICC Member, think he saved a family from a life-threatening situation.
In mid-January, Stewart, who has been a town building inspector for 20 years, was sent to Jackie and Chris Keller’s Collierville home to inspect a coil replacement inside the furnace. Stewart did not give his final approval because the furnace’s flue pipe, which carries excess heat and carbon monoxide out of the home, was concealed and he was unable to get a complete view of it.
Stewart convinced the Kellers and town building official Tim Pendleton to allow him to investigate the flue pipe, and he found that it did not extend through the home’s roof and that gas fumes and exhaust heat were flowing into the attic.
“There was heat charring to some of the roof members and could have started a fire real easily,” Pendleton said. “In my mind he potentially saved the lives of the family.”
Jackie Keller said the family was in Stewart’s debt. “I told him we’ll send him a Christmas card for the rest of his life.”
“I’m doing my job and protecting the citizens in Collierville,” Stewart said. “It’s what each of our inspectors do.”
CODE OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR FOR THE STATE OF TENNESSEE
On behalf of the citizens of Fayetteville, the employees of Public Works and the Board of Mayor and Alderman we would like to congratulate Mr. Eddie Plunkett for receiving the honor of being named the Code Official of the Year for the State of Tennessee. Mr. Plunkett received this honor from the Tennessee Building Officials association at their annual training meeting on April 24, 2012 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The Code Official of the Year is the most prestigious award that is bestowed upon any code official by the Tennessee Building Officials Association. A person recognized to receive this award is considered to be hard-working and dedicated to their community and profession.
In 2009 Mr. Plunkett was elected to the TBOA Board of Directors as Secretary and served in 2010 and 2011 as Treasurer. At the annual conference this year Mr. Plunkett was elected to the TBOA Board of Directors as the 2nd Vice President.
Mr. Plunkett began working for the City of Fayetteville in the fall of 1996 in the Codes Department and received his Building Inspector Certification in the sprin of 1997. Mr. Plunkett worked in this position (Building Inspector) until being promoted to the Director of Pulblic Works for the City of Fayetteville in 2009. Mr. Eddie Plunkett’s knowledge of his duties and work ethics are invaluable to the citizens of Fayettteville. We all applaud Eddie for his accomplishments. Mr. Eddie Plunkett and his wife Catherine have three children and live in the Vanntown community.
Press release from Mayor (posted 7/12/2012)
Cobb Recipient of Prestigious Fowler Award
Terrence L. Cobb,
Director of the Department of Codes and Building Safety
for Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., was presented the prestigious
Bobby J. Fowler Award during the Annual Banquet of the 2010 ICC Annual
Conference in Charlotte. The Fowler Award, which honors the memory of the
first chairman of the Code Council Board of Directors, is given to an
individual whose contributions to the building safety and fire prevention
industry advance the Council’s goals in achieving a safer and sustainable
built environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the recipient’s focus
beyond local or regional concerns to issues and activities that span the
globe. (posted 3/16/11)