Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Code Enforcement Technician

By Will Bublitz

After growing up here and moving away, Greg Tacha has returned to Limon to become the town’s new building inspector.

“My official title is Code Enforcement Technician,” Greg said. “I started March 2 after moving here from Colorado Springs.”

Greg is learning his new duties from Trevor Williams who has been Limon’s Code Enforcement/Building Inspector for more than a year. Williams plans to retire at the end of March.

“For the past two weeks, I’ve been working with Trevor and learning how the office operates,” Greg said.

As the Code Enforcement Technician, Greg’s job is to oversee the town’s building permit process.

“People come into the office here at the Town Hall to apply for the building permits and we issue them,” he said. “Once the construction begins, I’ll go out to inspect certain aspects of the new building to ensure it’s being done within the town’s building codes. Some of the code requirements include using rebar to reinforce concrete construction and specific types of wooden framing, and ensuring roof shingling is put on appropriately.”

Greg not only inspects the construction of new buildings, but is also tasked with inspecting any remodeling of existing residences or businesses to ensure they comply with the town’s building codes.  
“I’ll also be involved other code enforcement,” he said. “This summer, I’ll be doing weed enforcement and enforcing other municipal codes around town.”

Greg comes to his new job as a building inspector with 23 years of experience as a general manager of a insulation and asbestos abatement company in Colorado Springs.

“Business was slowing down and the company headquarters decided to close down our Colorado Springs office,” he said. “As our children were getting older, my wife and I decided this would be a good chance to move out of the city.”

Greg is happy to be returning to Limon where he lived and went to school.

“I was born in Kansas but I grew up here in Limon,” he said. “My parents, Don and Kay Tacha, brought my brother Brad and me to Limon in 1969 when I was two years old.”

As a student at Limon High School, Greg earned varsity letters in football, wrestling and track. He  served as president of the Student Council and was a member of the band and show choir.

While growing up in Limon, Greg learned a lot about the building trade from his father who owned a company that installed concrete basements.

“Every summer all the way through high school and later college, I’d work for my Dad,” he said. “I learned a lot from working with him.”

After graduating from Limon High School with the Class of 1985, Greg attended the Colorado School of Mines where he majored in Civil Engineering and played football. After a couple of years, he transferred to the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo where he competed on its wrestling team.

Leaving college in 1991, Greg went to work for Associated Insulation in Colorado Springs, which is a company that specializes in mechanical insulation and asbestos abatement. In 1993, he was promoted to its general manager. His brother Brad also worked for the company from 1991 to 2011.
“We did a lot of work in the Colorado Springs area including its military facilities,” Greg said. “We also did work out of state at other military bases.”

In November 1999, Greg married Kirsten who grew up in Stratton. They now have four children – 13-year-old Bradyn, a seventh grader; 11-year-old Jordyn, a fifth grader; 9-year-old Katelyn, a third grader; and 5-year-old Camdyn, a preschooler.

After 23 years with the Associated Insulation, its corporate headquarters in Kansas decided to close the Colorado Springs office after a slow down in business.

“When corporate headquarters decided to close our office, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do,” Greg said. “But then I heard about the opening for the code enforcement tech here in Limon, and I applied right away.”

Greg said he jumped at the opportunity to return home to Limon after so many years.
“Everyone has been welcoming me once I got back here,” he said. “Some of the people on the town staff are friends that I went to school with. My wife and I are also looking forward to having our kids go to a smaller school. Bradyn, our seventh grader, is currently attending a Colorado Springs middle school with 1,100 other students.”

Greg’s wife Kirsten, who works as a dental hygienist, and their four children will be moving to Limon after the school year ends this spring.

“I’ve helped coach all of teams that my kids have been on,” Greg said. “If possible, I’d like to do something similar here in the future.”

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