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Earley dismissed by Honesdale; Borough investigation is ended


A week ago, after hearing from the director of the L&I for a second time that the current Honesdale Borough zoning officer’s licenses were seriously faulty, the Wayne Independent called for his dismissal.

Earley had many irregularities in his licensure. According to Christopher Manlove of L&I, Earley did not have a legitimate license to review residential applications from between April 2007 to July 19, 2007. Further, Manlove said that Earley was not permitted to perform residential, electrical, plumbing, or energy inspections between April 9, 2007 and August 5, 2007.

He said Earley was also not permitted to perform residential
building inspections or residential mechanical inspections between April 9, 2007 and December 8, 2010. Further, his licensure indicated that he was not permitted to perform building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, or energy inspections or plan reviews for commercial construction since April 9, 2009.

Additionally, Manlove said that two earlier complaints about Earley were received and investigated but the agency found no wrongdoing.

According to state officials, when the state adopted the new Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in April of 2004, it gave zoning and code officials a grace period in which to obtain certification. For commercial certification, Earley and his colleagues had until April 9, 2009 to get certified. For residential certification they had until April 9, 2007.

As to penalties, Manlove said the law states that upon conviction, a building inspector could be sentenced to pay a fine no more than $1,000. Each day that a violation is not corrected is considered to be a separate violation.