Town too Big To Avoid New Inspection Rules

MOUNT DESERT — Because of 53 people, the town of Mount Desert will have to start enforcing the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) in July 2012. Under the MUBEC, which went into effect Dec. 1, 2010, towns of more than 2,000 people will be responsible for enforcing the new state code for both residential and commercial construction. According to 2010 census figures released earlier this month, Mount Desert has 2,053 residents. The town’s 2000 census count was 2,109.

The MUBEC mandates a series of inspections throughout the construction process. Inspections are required for foundations, framing, insulation, and ventilation, as well as a final, overall inspection.

Code enforcement officer Kim Keene has told the board of selectmen that they will have to decide whether to have her perform those inspections or to require homeowners to hire independent inspectors.

“I would still do the plumbing and life safety inspections and the final walk-through,” she said.

Ms. Keene said that if the selectmen decide to have her do all the inspections, the town probably would need to hire an assistant code enforcement officer. Funding for that position would have to be included in the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

For more community news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.


Latest posts by admin (see all)