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(1) The office of Electrical Inspector is hereby created and the official in charge shall be known as the Electrical Inspector.
(2) There may be such number of Assistant Electrical Inspectors as may be determined from time to time by Council.
(3) The Electrical Inspector and Assistant Electrical Inspector shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of Council and shall hold office until their successors are appointed or removed for good cause.
(4) Before entering upon the duties of his office, the Electrical Inspector shall take the oath prescribed by law and shall give bond in the penalty of one thousand dollars ($1,000) with surety to be approved by Council. Each Assistant Electrical Inspector shall take the same oath and give the same bond as the Electrical Inspector. The Assistant Inspectors shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as the Electrical Inspector.
(5) The Electrical Inspector and Assistant Electrical Inspectors shall receive such salaries as may be fixed by resolution of Council.
(b) Qualifications. The Electrical Inspector and Assistant Electrical Inspectors shall be persons of good moral character, possessed of such executive ability as requisite to the performance of their duties, and they shall have a thorough knowledge of the standard materials used in the installation of electrical equipment. They shall be well versed in approved methods of electrical construction, have a knowledge of the statutes of the State relating to electrical work, and the rules and regulations and standards of the National Standards Association. They shall not have any interest whatever, directly or indirectly, in the sale or manufacture of any materials, process or device entering into or used in or in connection with electrical construction, alterations, removal or equipment.
(c) Powers and Duties Generally.
(1) The Electrical Inspector shall enforce the provisions of this article, and the rules and regulations of the National Electric Code.
(2) He shall receive applications and grant permits thereon for the installation or alteration of electrical equipment in accordance with the provisions of this article and the National Electric Code.
(3) He shall make inspections of electrical installations as provided by this article, and issue a tag, stamped APPROVED, which is to be affixed to electrical installations, pursuant to the permit granted, provided the same comply with the rules and regulations of this article and other ordinances of the City, the permit and the issue of the National Electric Code. However, if defective, or omissions or violations exist, no tag of approval will be stamped as such until corrections have been made.
(4) The Electrical Inspector shall issue written notices of any violation of this article and to notify the responsible party or parties.
(5) He shall keep on file in his office a list of inspections of electrical installations, which list shall be available for public reference during regular office hours.
(6) He shall keep a complete record of all permits issued and other official work performed.
(7) He shall inspect any wiring or equipment conducting or using electrical current for heat, light or power in the City, and if conductors or equipment are found to be unsafe to life or property, he shall notify the person owning or operating such wiring or equipment to correct the conditions within a time as he shall specify.
(8) He shall have the authority to notify the power company to disconnect service in any building or premises containing defective or hazardous wiring or equipment, upon failure to correct any violations.
(9) He shall enforce all provisions of this article, and for such purpose he shall have a badge of identification. He or his representative may enter any building or premises for the purpose of making an electrical inspection or to prevent violation of this article or the rules and regulations of the National Electric Code, upon the presentation of the proper credentials during reasonable hours.
(10) The Electrical Inspector shall notify the individual or firm of his approval or disapproval of each inspection. The report shall be mailed to the owner of the premises covered by the inspection.
(1978 Code Secs. 8-2 to 8-4)