County’s Advisory Plumbing Board seeks to fill vacancies

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County officials are reviewing applicants to fill three seats on its Advisory Plumbing Board.

That board recommends changes to Frederick County’s plumbing code and enables the county’s master plumbing inspector to impose that code by its page on the county website.

Its contributors additionally stated the board acts to assist in settling disputes between contractors and homeowners countywide.

Jeremy Peterson, a plumber based in Walkersville, stated he joined the board three or four years ago because his father and grandfather were plumbers.

“I have given my journeyman plumbing license the summertime I graduated high school,” Peterson said. “Two years later, I got my master’s plumbing license.”

Barry Glotfelty, the alternate member, has served for three months. Glotfelty, director of environmental offerings for the county health branch, said he’s informed us about plumbing systems that aren’t interior, which he hopes will assist the board.

“My know-how is probably greater on the on-website sewage disposal part. … Sometimes, plumbing codes will contain how pipes should be bedded on the way to the septic tank,” Glotfelty said of one instance.

Gary Hessong, director of the county’s branch of lets-in and inspections, stated that even though the advisory board can help county officers impose the code, it doesn’t have the last jurisdiction. That falls to his department, and he delivers.

Hessong, who serves as a group of worker liaisons to the board, said the body meets as wished, as troubles arise among contractors, house owners, and county officials.

Glotfelty stated he hadn’t participated in an assembly; Peterson noted the remaining assembly was over six months over six months ago and wasn’t restricted to the interior of a residence or enterprise, particularly considering property proprietors in rural regions of the county.

“While most people suppose plumbing code addresses interior a living or an enterprise, it’s additionally on-site utilities,” Hessong stated.

Joyce Grossnickle, administrative officer in County Executive Jan Gardner’s office, said that county officers are soliciting and reviewing applicants for tthreee board’s 3 vacancies moving forward.

Grossnickle said the closing date for the one’s applications turned into March 1 at 4 p.m. She stated via email Friday that she received one utility, which Gardner will review in the following few weeks.

Hessong introduced that the chief plumbing inspector assists the board with problems and is usually the pinnacle workforce liaison. He stated Darrell Eversole was employed by using the county for that position.

“We’ve formerly had chief plumbing inspectors who have had a terrific quantity of seniority and tenure that took the lead on those matters,” Hessong said.