Barrington building inspector filling in in Warren


Warren is officially without a building inspector, but the town is getting a little help from Barrington, its neighbor to the north.

Former inspector William Nash’s last day on the job was Wednesday, June 4. And while town officials are advertising for a new inspector, town officials have reached a deal with Barrington that will see that town’s inspector, Robert Speaker, fill in on an interim, as needed basis. Warren Town Manager Thomas Gordon said he reached a deal with Barrington this week; he did not say what Mr. Speaker will be paid.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gordon has placed a help wanted advertisement in regional publications and hopes of hiring a permanent, part time inspector. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, June 26.

Even though Mr. Speaker will be helping, he won’t be in town at all hours. That shouldn’t be a problem, Mr. Gordon said, as “in general, simple matters such as roof repairs, door and window replacement and minor buildings repairs are issued draft permits by the clerk at the time of application.

“More involved matters … require the clerk to process the application for review by the building official.”

Voters at last month’s Financial Town Meeting cut the building official’s salary in half as part of a series of cuts made to help restore funding to the recreation department, East Bay Community Action Program, and to try to cut the tax rate. Also cut in half was the town planner’s salary and to a lesser extent, the town clerk’s salary. The cuts, as well is restoration of recreation and EBCAP funding, resulted in a two-cent reduction in the expected tax rate, from $20.09 per $1,000 to $20.07.

Mr. Nash, who worked for the Town of Warren for nine years, has taken a job at the International Code Council.


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