Volunteer Work on Local Home Undone by Code Issues

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A foundation put in by volunteers from Group International had to be torn out because it did not meet the city building inspector's standards.

"They said it was atypical of what they usually approve in the city, so we pulled out what the previous team did, and we're having to jump through some hoops to try and get it right," said homeowner Michele Croskrey.

The faith-based organization brings mission trips to families in need.

"This is our first project in downtown Fairbanks so we've hit a couple snags, and we've got a couple obstacles to overcome -- but with us, it's about the kids and the opportunity to serve," said James Schofield, director for Fairbanks ministries for Group International.

Team leader Charles Fuller explained how they are fixing the foundation to meet the city's standards, saying "We had a foundation here that we had to kind of take out because we ran into some issues with the permitting -- but we've dug out, excavated the hole, and now we're filling it back in with a good subcompact of gravel so we can pour a foundation."

The foundation the previous group put in was not one of the nine options for foundations that Fairbanks residents have, according to the city; so now they are working to fix it, in order to allow the family to use that room.

"We need to dot our I's and cross our T's a little better -- but in the end, we want to do it the right way and get it done in a way that everyone's pleased. So we're going to learn from this experience over these last couple weeks," said Schofield.

Schofield says they are currently trying to coordinate for another group to finish putting the walls up and close in the room before winter.