UNION — After 13 and a half years serving as the building and zoning inspector for the City of Union, Glen Green has retired to spend more time with his wife Brenda and to travel.
Green started working for the city on August 1, 2002. Prior to coming to work for the city, he owned his own construction company, Glen Green Construction Company Ltd., for 20 years. Before that Green worked in lumber yards for Englewood Lumber, Wolohan Lumber Company and in his early years he worked for Vandalia Sales when he first got out of high school.
Green was responsible for inspections of all new construction within the city, from the footers all the way up until a dwelling was completely carpeted and done. These duties required state licensing and certification. Green used to draw up blueprints for construction projects when he owned his business and was already well versed in aspects of zoning requirements. The state requires zoning inspectors to take a test in order to become certified. Those tests included building construction, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical. Every year he had to have 10 hours of credit to keep up with licensing requirements.
When asked what was the most memorable projects he had been involved in while working for Union, the immediate answer was the Proctor & Gamble project.
“New projects, obviously was the P&G building by the airport and before that, the renovation we did to the fire house… which was a lot of work working with the architects,” Green said. “Also, the new addition to the water treatment plant, the iron removal project. That kind of stuff is what I enjoyed doing the most.”
Green related that on a new house under construction, he had to pay multiple visits to the building site – about six or seven visits to make needed inspections. From the footers, to basement walls, foundation walls, the framing, drywall and insulation, driveways, sidewalks, water and sewer lines all had to be inspected to ensure proper installation requirements were being met.
In his retirement Green plans to ride his bike, play golf, do some small traveling and to “just relax a little bit.”
He plans to visit his daughter, Emily, who now lives in San Diego, CA.
The city held a party for Green on Wednesday, October 28 that was attended by all of the full-time employees, the mayor, city manager and office workers. At the party he received a plaque and gift cards from the city staff.
“I wish Glen and his wife Brenda the best in Glen’s retirement as well as in their future,” said Union City Manager John Applegate. “It has been a real pleasure working with him and Glen has done a great job working for the city.”