Welcome to the Town of Charleston’s website and I hope your visit here gives you the necessary information to call upon us.
Nestled in the southeastern corner of Montgomery County, New York, Charleston is a community of approximately 1,200 residents. We are a rural area situated 30 minutes from the cities of Amsterdam and Schenectady and 45 minutes from the state capital of Albany, NY. The nearby interstate systems of I-88 and I-90 makes getting to the larger cities very easy.
The Town of Charleston includes the hamlets of Burtonville, Charleston Four Corners, Davis Corners, Fox Corners, Lib Corners, Lost Valley, Market Corners, Oak Ridge and Rockwell Corners. The Town of Charleston is on the south border of Montgomery county and is the only town in the county not bordering the Mohawk River.
Charleston is fortunate to have in it’s boundaries over 4,000 acres of state and county forests dedicated to providing great hunting, fishing, hiking, x-country skiing, horseback riding and snowmobiling on well maintained trail systems.
Our town board and employees work very hard to provide a well maintained highway system to insure safe travel for our school buses and residents.
Property values have remained strong despite lower valuations elsewhere in the state. This is due in part to the higher elevations, views, services offered and friendly atmosphere experienced by those who visit and decide to live here.
With the strong growth of industry at Global Foundries in nearby Malta, and the Nano Tech Centers in Albany, Charleston provides a quiet setting and close proximity to living near these technology hubs.
On behalf of all the employees, residents and town board members, we encourage you to make an effort to come visit us. After all, we think our town is the next best thing to perfection.
TOWN OF CHARLESTON CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERJob Description
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The work involves making inspections of building construction and repair within a municipality and enforcing the provisions of local building and zoning laws, and under the general direction of the municipal legislative body or administrative officer, is responsible for enforcing state and municipality standards for the construction of all buildings and equipment therein, including standards for materials used and for safety and sanitary conditions. The incumbent enforces standards for the condition, occupancy, maintenance, conservation, rehabilitation and renewal of existing building structures and premises and for the safeguarding of life and property therein an thereabout from the hazard of fire, explosion or release of toxic gases arising from the storage, handling or use of combustible or hazardous substances, material or devices; does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Reviews, checks, and passes on plans and specifications submitted with building permit applications for compliance with building code and applicable laws prior to issuing permits;
Inspects building and structures in the process of construction or repair for compliance with approved plans and specifications of all requirements of applicable ordinance and laws, including New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code;
Issues building permits and furnishes the prescribed certificate of occupancy upon application;
Explains the requirement of the local building code and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code Law and other applicable laws to building contractors and to the general public;
Provides for removal of illegal or unsafe conditions and secures the necessary safeguards during construction;
Orders unsafe conditions in existing structures to be removed and arranges for condemnation notices to owners and builders of improper or hazardous structures;
Inspects existing buildings and structures to insure their conformity with safety standards and elimination of fire hazards;
May conduct investigation of source, origin and circumstances of fires and fire prevention code and zoning ordinances;
Prepares and submits a monthly report of activities and issues relating to current workload, keeps related records and may supervise a small-size staff.
Attend the monthly Town Board Meeting to be available for questions and concerns that may arise.
Be available by cell phone weekdays 9am-5pm for appointments and inspections
Available at Town Municipal Building on Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm to provide information and issue building permits
FULL PERMORMANCE KNOWLDEGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Good knowledge of practices, principals, materials and tools used in building construction;
Good knowledge of the requirements of the local and New York State Fire Prevention and Building Codes;
Good knowledge of building trades;
Fundamental knowledge of the principle of engineering and architecture:
Good knowledge of fire prevention practice and procedures;
Ability to inspect building and enforce provision of building and fire prevention code;
Ability to work with the planning board if special needs or variances are required to comply;
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other public officers, with building contractors and with the general public;
Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications:
Ability to be firm but courteous;
Ability to be honest, thorough, tactful, and exercise judgment;
Physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two (2) or (4) year college university with an Associate’s degree in engineering, construction, fire protection, architectural technology, or related field; or:
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and two (2) years of experience in the building trades, engineering, architectures, building inspection, public-health inspection, fire-fighting or fire inspection; or:
An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b)
Candidates should submit a letter of recommendation from a current or prior employer.
NOTE Verifiable part time and /or volunteer experience will be pro –rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.
NOTE New York State Public Officer Law requires United States Citizenship
The Town of Charleston website is dedicated to the memory of Shayne T. Walters, Town of Charleston Supervisor who passed away October 8, 2012. At the time of his death Shayne was also Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. He will be missed by family, friends and all who knew and worked with him.