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Dec 19, 2013 7:18 PM

Kleberg County May be Forced to Move Out of Buildings

KINGSVILLE - Some new buildings in Kleberg County don't have the documents needed to be used as a place of business.

The problem is that the county moved equipment in there. Now, the city wants them out.

The buildings - metal, prefabricated buildings - never got a certificate of occupancy from the city.

A certificate of occupancy is issued by the Fire Marshal and is a necessity for a building to be deemed ready-to-move-in.

And they're proving more troublesome than they may be worth.

County officials say the Rio Grande Valley based contractor that built them dragged their feet and the county had to sue just to get them to finish the job.

Kleberg County Judge Juan Escobar told us he could not comment on why they moved in or what happens next - because of the lawsuit.

But a city official told KRIS-6 the violation could lead to hefty fines. They're asking the county to vacate so that they can do the inspections needed to issue that certificate.

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