Congressional Record read at Holmes County BOCC meeting to honor retiring Clerk of Court

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM.

The project was suppose to come to a close after the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved to grant the project a Certification of Occupancy during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

“This is a long-time SHIP Project,” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman during that meeting. “We’re trying to get her in her new home and because of certain circumstances, it must be paid by the county.”

Goodman explained that due to a variety of mishaps due to failings on the part of the contractor, the homeowner and to the county two years ago the county had to pay for the prolonged SHIP project.

“We could try to pursue the contractor that is primarily at fault in this issue,” said Goodman. “However it would cost the County and their citizens far more to try to pursue the matter legally then to rectify the problem ourselves.”

The board denied paying for the remaining work but approved to grant Lopez a Certification of Occupancy, which shows that the house is now to standards to be occupied.

“She’s over the age of 60 and lives in a trailer with mold so bad that it took me two days to recover from it after one visit,” said Commissioner Phillip Music. “She needed to move into that home ages ago.”

Holmes County Building Inspector Roger Williams assured the board that the house was “safe and clean” and cleared to be lived in. The only things unfinished about the home were cosmetic applications, such as painting the front and back doors and she was in need of a refrigerator and stove.



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