Other cities to adopt Jonesboro's Housing Codes

By Bryan McCormick - bio|email

JONESBORO (KAIT) - The City of Jonesboro has an excellent track record with building regulations. Now, other cities like Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge are following suit.

Jonesboro's Chief Building Official, Terry Adams, is helping other inspectors become more familiar with his city's requirements.

"We've been a first-class city level. We're trying to help Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge get a little bit more familiar with the code requirements. A lot of the contractors are getting to where they're more apt to comply with the codes out there. And we've got so many various codes that are required at the state level."

Building Inspectors like Adams follow codes such as the 2008 National Electrical Code and the 2003 ANSI Code.

A proper inspection should include checking studs and spacing, and making sure the anchor bolts are tied down to the concrete slab.

Adams says that over the past three years, more contractors are complying with the various housing codes.

"Really, that's what we're looking for. Safety."

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