By Sarah Vogelsong
In a meeting plagued by power outages Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors took steps toward appointing a county building inspector as clerk of the works for the Madison Elementary and Caroline High School renovation projects.
“We discussed this during our work session with the schools,” Chairman Floyd Thomas said. “At that point in time we said whether they had a clerk of works or not, we were going to have one of our inspectors as part of the project. So this will actually be the most cost-effective, because our inspector will be the clerk of the works, so we’re really getting two for one.”
The school board will pay the county $4,200 a month for the use of the employee and anticipates using him for three years. The clerk of the works will report to school personnel but will continue to be paid through the county payroll system.
Both county building inspectors have all the certifications necessary to inspect commercial construction.
During discussion, Western Caroline district representative Jeff Black raised concern over possible complications stemming from the county and the schools sharing an employee.
County administrator Charles Culley clarified that the clerk of the works position would be considered a full-time job with the schools.
“He would report to them unless they said, ‘We don’t need you today; come back over to the building office,’” said Culley. Only in a case in which the employee wasn’t filling 40 hours of work per week would the county temporarily pull him back for normal duties.
County staff will now begin drawing up a memo of understanding and will identify the county employee who will be on loan to the schools.
The filling of the clerk of the works position to oversee the CHS and MES renovations has been contentious. The school board rejected an earlier recommendation for this position, and a special school board meeting on the issue was held April 28.