Town fast-tracks code compliance efforts

With its new TBID in place and Mammoth hurtling into the winter TOT visitor season, the Town Council this past week began to look at one missing piece of the economic landscape: someone to enforce the town codes.

As of Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the town did not have a planning director, a code enforcement officer, or a designated building official to act as an enforcer.

It had one new TOT compliance specialist to enforce the tax codes, with other duties spread among a thin staff that recently got much thinner.

In the past two months, the town was left without a town manager in the wake of the resignation of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez; it had no full-time director of community and economic development; a public works director (the resignation of Ray Jarvis); or a building codes specialist (the resignation of Johnny Goetz).

Actually, the town has been without a code compliance officer since 2008. The job duties have since changed, as has the town,

If there is good news in this, though, it is that with the savings from the budgeted salaries of the aforesaid officials, the town will not have spent $239,321 in salaries.

Since the new position is not in the 2013-14 budget, the council also was asked to approve a budget change to handle the new position, as well as for other services.

In a breakdown sent to the council on Wednesday, the new code compliance officer would cost $182,311 over two years. Along with that, the town staff requested $24,325 for contract planning services, $6,613 for a temporary code compliance officer, and $5,500 for interim building official services.

The town previously approved the funding for the contract planning services and interim building official services.

At its vote, the staff therefore asked the council to proceed with funding for a temporary, interim code compliance position while recruiting for a permanent (two-year) code compliance position.

If the council were to take the action, it would also include a budget adjustment to reflect the changes and modifications.

There was not a lot of choice in the action.

Under town law, the action before the council on Wednesday was legally mandated.

“The town attorney, the planning director, the police chief, the code enforcement officer, the building official, and all officials charged with the issuance of licenses or permits shall enforce these provisions,” according to town documents.”

What the framers of the town government could not have known was that Mammoth in 2013 would have a town attorney who lives in Truckee, a police chief who currently is acting also as an interim town manager, no designated code enforcement officer and no building official, per se.