ELYRIA — The city has a new chief building official after hiring a veteran inspector from within its own Building Department, City Council learned Monday.
Darryl Farkas was promoted effective Sunday from building official and residential building inspector to chief building official, Assistant Safety Service Director Kevin Brubaker said.
Farkas’ promotion came after the city’s contract with SafeBuilt Ohio LLC ended Friday, Brubaker said.
Brubaker said the city was paying SafeBuilt $75 per hour for 40 hours a week for the services of Ralph Cantu, a private contractor serving as a chief building official. Cantu recently retired, Brubaker said, leaving the city with a position to fill.
Brubaker said Farkas has 18 years experience with the city and is fully accredited.
There will be no additional cost to the city this year due to the change, and the city still has three full-time code enforcement officers, Brubaker said.
Councilman Marcus Madison said he was happy with the decision to hire Farkas. “It’s always great when we can hire from within,” he said.
In other business, council:
- approved without a hearing a new D5 liquor license (liquor, beer, wine and mixed beverages) for Uncle Bo’s Slow-n-Low BBQ, to open this fall in the former Lone Star Steakhouse building at 2000 Midway Mall. The restaurant specializes in smoked meats and Southern family recipes, according to its website.
- approved, without a hearing, a stock transfer liquor license for Snucka Inc. doing business as Just One More at 1509 West Ave., for D1 (beer on premises or carryout only until 1 a.m.) and D3 (spiritous liquor only on premises until 1 a.m.) liquor licenses.
- appointed Ramona Jackson and Tamara Schuetz to the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council.