Ozark Employer

Springfield, MO

#1 Jun 20, 2009
Stop Inconsistent Code enforcement!
How many people have had experience with the code enforcing zealots? I hear horrible stories all the time when I talk to folks trying to accomplish anything. The worst of them is Bill Pears. I think we should call for his resignation. This place sucks to do business!
Fearful

Springfield, MO

#2 Jun 20, 2009
Anybody hear about the owner of the old Mostly Memories building? They showed up after all the rain and fined him without notice $150.00 for not having things mowed. They told him to have it mowed within 7 days or he would get hit another fine of $150.00
Have they looked at their own weeds? Where is the double standard?
Ozark does have a big problem with Moron code enforcers.
confusing

Springfield, MO

#3 Jun 21, 2009
i do not know about inconsistencies but do feel there there are certainly issues with "selective" enforcement in the area of P & Z. Ozark proves itself to be a town where "it's who you know" in whatever you do whether you are required to have permits or not. Anyone new to the area MUST play by the rules while the "good ol' boys" scratch each others back to do whatever they want. Would be interesting to audit the actions of P & Z -- I think it would be an eye opener for those of us who have paid permit fees and tried to do things right.
business owner

Springfield, MO

#4 Jun 21, 2009
Ozark Employer wrote:
Stop Inconsistent Code enforcement!
How many people have had experience with the code enforcing zealots? I hear horrible stories all the time when I talk to folks trying to accomplish anything. The worst of them is Bill Pears. I think we should call for his resignation. This place sucks to do business!
This man came into my business all huffy and intimidated the worker AND client present. When I spoke with him the first time he was rude and referred to my "issue" as having a problem w./ my husband (completely unprofessional AND none of his business as my marriage is unrelated to my business!) When I shared with him my workers concerns about his actions and it's repercussions to her client as well as the overall appearance of his disturbance, his reply was "maybe the little lady read to much into his actions".

I have never met Mr. Pears personally, and have only dealt with him on the phone. MY concerns, centered around his own remarks and demeanor seem to scream a disdain for doing business w./ women. So, therefore raises the question that he is quite possibly discriminatory.

He is not a good reflection of Ozark...and Ozark better watch him before he totally alienates future business from coming here.
Able Enterprises

AOL

#5 Jun 21, 2009
I cannot speak to the actions of the town codes administrator or the management, but I can tell you this: I was looking for a town to establish my business in and passed on Ozark. I was not impressed with the “Industrial park” and the area doesn’t appear to be business friendly. For a town that has so much going for it, they do not put much importance on a location for new business. The industrial park is a joke, no incentives or enterprise zones and the taxes are about as high as Springfield (Why?)

Nixa was my second choice, but soon that changed. Sparta and Clever was decent, but they also would not respond to my requests for information on their industrial park. I never considered Springfield as I know what kind of nightmare it is to operate in that city.

So Greene and Christian County lost out as my choices. Who won? Monett!

Great town! Great package for business and a super area for employees!(All 26 of them)

It was worth the wait and the time to search!
Alderman Wagner - Ward 3

Harrison, AR

#6 Jun 24, 2009
For those of you who have complaints about the city: My suggestion to you would be to contact your Alderman or Mayor Jackson and let your complaints be known. With respect, I know that posting here may be a good way to vent, but it is not a good place to get solutions to your problems. The city employees are doing a job they are directed to do by the city codes and the elected officials. If you have an issue with the rules that are in place or how they are being enforeced I, and the other Aldermen, would love to hear any suggestions you have to make Ozark a better place. We want to make Ozark a better place as well.
Business Owner

Springfield, MO

#7 Aug 9, 2010
Alderman Wagner - Ward 3 wrote:
For those of you who have complaints about the city: My suggestion to you would be to contact your Alderman or Mayor Jackson and let your complaints be known. With respect, I know that posting here may be a good way to vent, but it is not a good place to get solutions to your problems. The city employees are doing a job they are directed to do by the city codes and the elected officials. If you have an issue with the rules that are in place or how they are being enforced I, and the other Aldermen, would love to hear any suggestions you have to make Ozark a better place. We want to make Ozark a better place as well.
Though it has been months since I have rechecked these forums....i would like you to know that I DID talk to my alderman...Mr. Spinabella....and to the mayor Mr. Jackson. While they were nice and personable....they offered NO help what-so-ever. In the mean time I watched another business...trying to become established as I myself was...and then fold up approx. 6 mo. later due to running out of funds...Funds I feel went to the city for ridiculous fees. i am lucky to even be holding my head above water after being slammed with a bill for 5x the "approx." amt. I had specifically asked about. I can understand maybe even double...but geeze...give me a break 5X!!! THAT alone equated to 6 months RENT! to even run my business. Tell me that that is nec. OH and by the way...when asked for a "special" meeting with the mayor, and other "important peoples" in regards to the issues I encountered...The mayor left the meeting just as it was getting started. That showed me he cares about the businesses trying to even generate revenue. So,....that is WHY I vented here. Let others go into it (start a business) with open eyes. On a post note...Mr. Pears was very kind when he came for my final inspection.

Overall....I think Ozark needs to clean house....I think Ozark needs to revisit this "International Building Code" it is trying to implement. For NEW buildings it may be appropriate...but for buildings that have been here for decades...just let people get a bus. started and maybe they'll build a new one at a later date! Also...inspectors who have a background in the areas they are inspecting would be a HUGE benefit...and rid the city of the "inconsistencies" from morons who would make better grounds keepers!
mr codes

Ozark, MO

#8 Aug 11, 2010
I had a slozark city inspector do an inspection on a commercial building project and he proceeded to inform me that my work would not pass as it was. being a licensed contractor in springfield i am used to working with inspectors and have good knowledge of building codes & application thereof. this guy (inspector?) had NO IDEA of what he was talking about, so I went to the truck and got the code book and showed him in the book that he was TOTALLY wrong and he informed me that the book says its a 2006 code book and we're in 2008. He did not believe me when I informed him that code books only get revised every 3 YEARS. I ended up having to spend an extra $2500 to get the building up to OZARK CODE?
This, Mrs Wagner is what people are complaining about.
I would also find out how the IBC committee would feel about a city using its code book without paying for the use of it.

Since: Aug 10

Forsyth, MO

#9 Aug 28, 2010
What can you expect from Bill when his enforcement book was from a Cracker Jack box?
Moved on

AOL

#10 Aug 30, 2010
At one time, Ozark was a good place to do business. It seems the last five years it has deteriorated to the point any town is better than here.

The code people are a joke and are trying to play big union city musclemen and all they are doing is putting this town further down the list of possibilities of a place to locate.

New construction is a given on codes and regulations. Updating older facilities should have some variables and allowances. As for someone doing the work themselves, why not. If the work is acceptable and within code let them do it to save money. Rehab or fill in should be even more tolerant.

The city thinks the new Casey’s station and the video store is “Economic Development”. How about something that makes jobs that pays a living wage with benefits? How about incentives for expansion and development of factories, manufactures, warehouses, and medical facilities. Other towns have been successful at this: Republic, Tipton, Nixa, Springfield. No, not Ozark, they get video stores! How many video stores have gone bust in the last year? What is their top wage paid? Do they have a benefit package?

Why not an airport? That was a good idea. Even if Springfield blew the deal, Ozark could revive the issue and get to work on it. No…We need a dysfunctional, over priced health club. Your tax dollars at work!

This town needs the entire board replaced, the mayor, city manager and puppet department managers.
Bill Pears

Columbia, MO

#11 Sep 22, 2011
If yuu do not like the way the ICC Building Codes than you need to talk to administration. I only enforce what they give me to enforce. International building codes is a combnation of BOCA and other Codes. ICC is the national orginaizarion for codes. Almost every state has some type of ICC code. The problem is business owners are not builders or designers but they like to think they are. Maybe they should stick to what business they are operating or do building for a living. As far as code books ICC started in 2000 and updates every 3 years. It is up to the City to as to when to reupdate and adopte the new code. If you do do business in Ozark the KEY in anything you do in live is do research, you do DILIGENCE. If I call something on you I will give you the reference even a copy of the code.
As for as Tony and Darinda Bagget that has done most of the complaining in the blog. They new permits were required yet they proceded to work with out them shame on them.
Bill Pears City of Ozark
Question feel free to call me.
FinedByanAssBefo re

Mansfield, MO

#12 Sep 23, 2011
Bill
1) Do you have spell check?
2) Do you think as part of your job should be to help business owners that ultimately pay your salary rather than selective enforcement?
3) If your distaste for your job and the people you work for is so high should you explore other options for employment?
4) Have you ever ran a successful business of your own? Ever? Even for a week?
5) Are these complaints against you valid?
SuZ

Springfield, MO

#13 Sep 23, 2011
When dealing with men -
Bake a plate of orange danish rolls
BadBadLeroyBrown

Pierce City, MO

#14 Sep 29, 2011
Sounds good.Your place or mine?
neighbor

Roby, MO

#15 Oct 1, 2011
The problem is that Ozark,like Christian County adopted the codes without amendmends.This is an international law that has things that are totally unsuitable for Ozark or Christian County in it .It is up to the city or county to do this.A copy of the codes is at the library in the reference section.Currently the county and the city are using the 2006 code,but the county wants to adopt the 2012 code .To this end there will be a public hearing this Thursday at 7p.m. at the old courthouse.There will be county people asking for amendments and exemptions.Get your aldermen to attend.Dennis Soarrow is a good guy to look out for people's rights but I would call all of them and ask them to show up to hear about all the problems.
neighbor

Roby, MO

#16 Oct 1, 2011
Dennis Sparrow,sorry.
concerned

Ozark, MO

#17 Oct 2, 2011
mr codes wrote:
I had a slozark city inspector do an inspection on a commercial building project and he proceeded to inform me that my work would not pass as it was. being a licensed contractor in springfield i am used to working with inspectors and have good knowledge of building codes & application thereof. this guy (inspector?) had NO IDEA of what he was talking about, so I went to the truck and got the code book and showed him in the book that he was TOTALLY wrong and he informed me that the book says its a 2006 code book and we're in 2008. He did not believe me when I informed him that code books only get revised every 3 YEARS. I ended up having to spend an extra $2500 to get the building up to OZARK CODE?
This, Mrs Wagner is what people are complaining about.
I would also find out how the IBC committee would feel about a city using its code book without paying for the use of it.
Spinibella is a looser, have no idea why you would even talk to him, as far as the mayor I cat say, every city government will not address directly any concern, no one wants to take any responsibility that goes for county,state and local governments it is a mess all over.

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