ELLICOTT - The town of Ellicott has a new fire inspector.
On April 1, the town board appointed Don Woodfield to be the town's fire inspector. Woodfield is a battalion chief for the Jamestown Fire Department.
Cecil Miller, Ellicott supervisor, said Woodfield was hired to do fire inspections to free up more time for the town's code enforcement officer, David Rowe. It was the responsibility for the code enforcement officer to perform fire inspections. However, because Rowe's other duties as code enforcement officer keep him busy, fire inspections haven't been done as often as town officials would like them performed.
''Right now, (Rowe) just hasn't been able to keep up with the number of fire inspection requests,'' Miller said.
Miller said Woodfield's pay will be 50 percent of each fire inspection. The rest of the fee will go toward the town.
The fee in the town for fire inspection for residential housing up to 15 units is $50, and 16 or more units is $75. For commercial or industrial property that is less than 15,000 square feet, the price is $50 and for larger property the cost is $100.