City aims to create own fire protection code

CLINTON — Ordinance amendments aiming to update the city of Clinton's fire safety and building codes to align with the International Fire Code received their first of three readings at Tuesday evening's Clinton City Council meeting.

Chapters 151 and 154 of the city's Code of Ordinances are in question with the proposed ordinances, with language in the ordinance citing a need to "adopt more updated versions of Uniform Fire and Building Codes in order to improve safety in the City of Clinton." The proposal would better govern conditions deemed hazardous to life and property, such as fire, hazardous materials, or explosive substances.

Slightly parting with the International Fire Code in some areas, the ordinance, which would create the "Fire Protection Code of the City of Clinton," would allow for a Housing Board of Appeals to determine the suitability of certain building materials during building construction or renovation projects in Clinton. The board would also be authorized to reasonably interpret the provisions of the proposed ordinance.

The new code would adopt standard references from other prevalent governing documents such as the International Building Code, the International Mechanical Code, the National Electrical Code, the International Residence Code, the International Existing Building Code, the Uniform Plumbing Code, and the International Energy Conservation Code.

Upon future adoption, the ordinance would "control the construction of buildings and other structures and in all matters covered by the code within the corporate limits of the city."

The second reading of the ordinance, and perhaps the third and final reading, could take place at the next Clinton City Council meeting slated for 5 p.m. May 28 at Clinton City Hall, 611 S. Third St.