Mayor Karl Dean announced Tuesday that the Metro Public Health Department’s five general sanitation inspectors will transfer to the Metro Department of Codes and Building Safety, effective July 1.
The move will reduce the duplication of services offered by the two departments, including permitting and inspection, as well as enforcement and abatement of public safety issues such as unsanitary living conditions, illegal dumping, and properties with high grass and weeds, Dean said.
“We reviewed the duties of both departments and saw a way to improve efficiency without increasing our existing budget,” Dean said in a release. “In the past, we have had inspectors from the two departments citing the same problem properties. Having all the inspectors under one department will allow them to cover more properties in less time.”
The mayor’s proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2012 incorporates an approximately $353,000 transfer from the health department to the codes department as part of the staffing move.
Starting July 1, those seeking general sanitation services should contact the codes department at (615) 862-6500 or online at www.nashville.gov/codes.
The Health Department will retain the responsibility of the chief medical director, when appropriate, to utilize existing authority to declare a public health threat to facilitate abatement efforts by Metro codes.