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Follow-up: Permit questions in Clinton race

Following up on a story we reported earlier this week, Clinton Mayor Scott Burton says that he has obtained a permit for a project dealing with the replacement of a heat and air system at one of his rental properties after a question posed to him by a listener in last week’s on-air mayoral debate led to the discovery that he had not.

While answering the question, Burton said that he does make improvements to those properties, including heat and air work, but that he had not pulled any permits for that work as he stated that no permit is needed for heat and air work.

Because of the nature of the question, WYSH made a public records request from the city for all building permits ever pulled by either Mayor Burton or Mr. McNally, and looked into the codes regarding heat and air work on a residential property.

The records request indicated that McNally and his wife had only pulled one permit for an in-ground pool in 2015 and the only permit located in Burton’s name was for an addition to his own home in 2006.

A check of the International Residential Building Codes of 2009, which the city until recently, operated under, reveals that, in fact, a permit is needed for the installation of a new HVAC mechanical unit.

WYSH contacted Burton, who says he was under the impression that the contractor he uses for heat and air work had obtained the necessary permits, and that he would check with both the contractor and with the city’s Codes Officer.

The Courier News followed up on our reporting and when they contacted Burton Tuesday morning, he said that his contractor had not obtained the permit but that he had done so Monday “after realizing his error.”

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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