Neighborhoods in Weed are beginning to rise from the ashes of the Boles Fire.

Neighborhoods in Weed are beginning to rise from the ashes of the Boles Fire.

Significant construction efforts can be seen on Genoa Street, Oak Street and Pine Street, and other properties cleared after destruction in the fire show signs that rebuilding work is imminent.

Newly hired Weed building inspector Paul Morton said there are seven residences now under construction, two sets of approved plans waiting for permit payment in full and pick up at city hall, and nine plans in the plan check process.

Morton was hired full time by the city because of the fire, he said, and he anticipates working as building inspector for at least a year or two, maybe longer, during the rebuilding process.

“I oversee construction, check setbacks, and make sure construction goes according to the approved plan and according to code,” he explained.

He comes from a building background, having been a licensed contractor in Siskiyou County since 1994, and reports that his relations with the builders have been good so far.

“I don’t anticipate any problems. I’m making a good faith effort and I’m wearing a public service hat,” Morton said.

He does inspections five days a week, twice a day, and said he can generally respond to a building site within an hour if he’s not involved elsewhere.

“I’ve been on the other side of the fence. It’s no fun to have a concrete truck arrive and be waiting on the inspector to arrive,” Morton said with a smile.

Morton, who lives in the Yreka-Montague area, said he is “the entire building department” for the City of Weed.

That means that in addition to daily inspections, he also shepherds building plans through the plan check process before construction can begin.

He explained that once building plans are brought into his office, a permit application is completed, and fees are paid, he sends the plans to a plan checker who ensures that they meet all California codes.