Corinth puts code changes up for debate

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – City building codes adopted in 2008 to align with national standards are being examined for possible changes that would ease the burden on local home builders.
Two Corinth aldermen, two engineers and the city attorney met last week with five members of the Corinth-Alcorn Area Builders Association to discuss and potentially enact lower requirements on builders without sacrificing safety or quality.
Mayor Tommy Irwin said in a recent city board meeting that throughout his election campaign he heard that code requirements were inhibiting building inside the city, and he wanted to resolve the problems.
The meeting included Aldermen Ben Albarracin and J.C. Hill, engineers Bobby Scott and Ricky Newcomb, builders association members Thad Fulghum, David Green, Scotty Smith, Jimbo Bryant and Billy Gray and city attorney William “Bill” Davis.
“The things they see with the building code revolved mainly around the foundations,” Albarracin said. “We’re trying to understand and address their concerns and make the process as smooth as possible for the builders, the homeowners and the city.”
Building inspector Philip Verdung drafted a proposed revision to the code for the builders to consider before the group meets again for further discussion.
“The proposal is just for minimum standards, but obviously there would be cases where more would need to be done, but this would suit most residential construction projects,” Verdung said. “In most cases I feel like there would be improved quality.”
The 2006 International Building Codes were adopted in January 2008 to replace 1993-94 Southern Building Codes, which the city formerly used as the guiding document for architects and builders for city construction projects.
Included changes with the International Building Codes were code changes for electrical, fire protection, fuel gas, residential and plumbing standards.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.