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Property code enforcement has taken a back seat to priority tasks during the past month but Corry Fire Chief Jim Lathrop reported to Corry City Council at its Monday meeting that code work will resume today.

Code Compliance Officer and Deputy Fire Chief Jerred Hodak had been transferred back to shift work at the Corry Fire Department in April to help cover mandatory hours. 

Lathrop said when Hodak was promoted to deputy chief in February, it left a vacancy in shift work at the fire station.

In working with the firefighters’ union, it was agreed that Hodak could be transferred to cover open shifts, enabling Corry Fire Department to avoid overtime for April and minimize exposure by keeping part-timers from coming in, Lathrop said.

He continued to say there are also health concerns connected with code work requiring Hodak to interact with unknown people. 

"We wanted to minimize his exposure and at the same time we had the vacancy from when he got promoted and came out of shift work," Lathrop said.

With the arrival of spring and better weather, Hodak is needed back on code compliance work, Lathrop said.

An April code compliance report submitted to Corry City Council at the Monday meeting showed 10 complaints were received and five violation notices were sent out.

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