County will hold first 'contractor's education day'

PLYMOUTH — Building contractors in the area will have the opportunity to attend an free informational session next Wednesday, where speakers from several different associations will present new and updated guidance for those in the field.
This is the first such event to be held by the county, said Marshall County building inspector Chuck DeWitt.
“Being new to the job, I just kind of listened to areas we had problems with,” said DeWitt. “Usually things we have problems with are (because of a) lack of education and knowledge about what needs to be done, not malice.”
NIPSCO, REMC, the Marshall County Builder’s Association, plan commissioner Ralph Booker, and DeWitt will all speak during the half-day session.
“We’ve got different people from different areas of trade talking about their specific (section),” said DeWitt.
NIPSCO representatives will discuss electrical requirements, REMC will go over electrical safety and on-the-job safety, the Marshall County Builder’s Association will talk about what they do and their role in the community, Booker will speak on zoning regulations, and DeWitt will go over plumbing and heating inspections.
Special guest for the day will be Indiana Builder’s Association president, Doug Miller, who will talk about proposed state legislative changes.
After each speaker’s presentation, there will be a question and answer time where members of the audience can inquire about specific issues.

“(The purpose of the day) is to be able to get up to date about new ordinances and changes, and to talk firsthand with some of the people in the industry,” said DeWitt.
The session will be held Jan. 25 in the Marshall County Building, Room 203 from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
For more information, or with questions, contact DeWitt at 574-935-8531.