Editorials

Roof Inspections: We're glad they're required 2013.02.06

Written by David Green. Posted in Editorials

Morenci City Council members voted last week to continue requiring inspections when new roofs are put on residences. It was a close vote and we’re pleased with the outcome.

A change in state law allows municipalities to decide whether or not roofing inspections are needed locally. It’s puzzling to know why the change was made. What is it about roofing work that prompted the change?

Did a legislator get angry about having to pay a hundred bucks for an inspection? Did a senator or a close friend get miffed about a re-shingling job that didn't follow code and he didn't like to be told what to do? Or is it only the beginning a larger effort to make other inspections optional?

The issue was presented at Morenci’s council meeting as a matter of personal responsibility. We understand that thought. Many citizens complain that America has become a “nanny state” that tries to get involved in all facets of life.

To us it seems as though there’s a larger issue involved than personal responsibility. Many people won’t take the responsibility of making sure the job is done correctly, and if it isn’t, the condition of their home will eventually deteriorate. That’s not good for a city that’s trying to maintain the quality of its housing stock, and it’s not good for someone buying a house and thinking it has a good roof over it. It’s comforting to know that if you buy a house in this town, any recent roofing work was done correctly.

People generally don’t like regulations and they don’t want to be told how to do something. Unfortunately, regulations are there in part to protect us from the scoundrels who will try to take advantage of us.

Are more attempts to increase personal responsibility on the horizon? Are there are other inspections that some deem not important?

We’ve given our opinion; what’s yours? As we said at the start, it was a close vote—just one away from repealing the city ordinance. Let city council members know where you stand on the issue.

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