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Rincon builders to get tip sheet
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Builders working in Rincon will soon know up front what inspections are required for structures they build.

City planner LaMeisha Hunter informed Rincon City Council on Monday night that the building and zoning department has developed an inspection reference sheet, which spells out the inspections builders can expect.

Hunter describes it as a guide for them.

“They constantly call asking ‘what’s next,’” she said about the builders.

Because of all of the new builders coming to the city, she felt this reference sheet was needed so that they would be clear on what Rincon requires.

The inspection reference sheet uses the 2006 International Building Code and the 2007 Georgia amendments to that code. Furthermore, it is modeled after the codes used by a recognized construction company, according to Hunter.

The sheet will be given along with the building permits to builders.

They will also have to contend with the new wind codes established by the state.

The county has been split in two, with one part having to build structures able to sustain winds at 100 miles per hour based on three-second gust speed. The other part, which includes Rincon, will have to withstand winds at 110 miles per hour.

Councilman Ken Baxley asked if any builders had given their input to which Hunter replied that one had done so. However, the reference sheet will go before the planning and appeals commission for their input before the council grants final approval. Hunter explained that many individuals on the commission have building experience.

She expects it to be on the agenda for the Aug. 27 council meeting.

Until then the building and zoning department is using the inspection reference sheet as an unofficial guide to assist builders.