City Council Approves Fire and Building Code Adoptions

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Members of the Sheridan City Council donned fake mustaches in recognition of November as "Movember" - men's health awareness month (photo by Chris Foy).
Members of the Sheridan City Council donned fake mustaches in recognition of November as "Movember" - men's health awareness month (photo by Chris Foy).

The Sheridan City Council approved two ordinances that involve adoptions to both the city's fire and building codes Monday night.

Local fire sprinkler contractor JD Gamble made an impassioned presentation to the council regarding the significance of not requiring fire sprinklers in homes.

Ordinance No. 2131 is an addendum to the city's building code that lists the exemptions where a fire sprinkler does not need to be installed in a new multi-family residence residence being built - in bathrooms or porches, for example.

In the International Building Code, there are requirements for installation of sprinkler systems for any new apartment complexes being built and nursing homes - essentially anywhere where lots of people live - but that is different from the city's building code.

The building code, including Monday night's adoption, does not require builders to install fire sprinklers in single and two family residences. The council - all except Councilor Steve Brantz - voted to support the adoption of Ordinance No. 2131 into the building code.

Mayor Dave Kinskey had this to say in response to Gamble's comments, following the meeting.

Ordinance No. 2131, or any city ordinance for that matter, do not prohibit the installation of residential fire sprinklers. Simply put, the current building code just doesn't require them to be set up in single and two family dwellings.

In addition, Ordinance No. 2130 of the fire code was approved unanimously by the council without issue. Sheridan Fire-Rescue Chief Terry Lenhart said at this point the department doesn't support making fire sprinklers mandatory for single and two family dwellings - but that developers and builders should be starting the discussion and that the council should be ready to hear them out.

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