Sedalia City Council discusses updates to city building codes

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

The City of Sedalia is in the process of updating its building code ordinances, and the changes were presented to the Sedalia City Council during Monday’s meeting.

Council heard a presentation from Chief Building Official Andy Burt on building code updates during the pre-council meeting. He explained the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule assesses the building codes in effect in a particular community and how a community enforces those codes. Each municipality is then issued a classification 1 through 10, with 1 being the best possible rating.

Burt said in 2009 and prior, the city was Class 6 in one-and-two family and residential and Class 5 in commercial and industrial. 2009 to present, the city was Class 5 in one-and-two family and residential and Class 4 in commercial and industrial. During the last review in 2014, the city received a Class 9 rating in both categories.

“(Part of the rating is) based on the age of the adopted code,” Burt said. “To receive maximum points possible, codes had to be published within the last five years. Our 2006 codes are obviously a little older than that. What that means, when they look at your program they look at the number of inspections you do, number of plan reviews you do, the checklist you use for inspections, all those kinds of things.

“You can score 100 percent on all of those different categories, but if you don’t have up-to-date codes, that’s prorated down, in this situation about 30 percent of what you can actually get. That’s why we dropped down to a Class 9.”

That recent classification sparked the need for amendments to the city’s existing building codes. Burt told the Democrat there aren’t any major changes to the Code of Ordinances; most of the changes are being made to reflect updates in technology and material standards so they can be eligible to be approved through the city’s code enforcement department.

The updates will only affect inspections going forward, they will not be used retroactively.

Burt said during his presentation the classification organization makes the information available to insurance organizations, which makes the ratings important for a community as they can affect insurance rates.

Council reviewed seven ordinances amending:

• Chapter 10, Article IV building code.

• Chapter 10, Article VII electrical code.

• Chapter 10, Article V existing building code.

• Chapter 24, Article II fire prevention code.

• Chapter 10, Article VI mechanical code.

• Chapter 10, Article VIII plumbing.

• Chapter 10, Article X, Division 2 international property maintenance code.

The public now has 90 days to review the proposed amendments — copies can be found at the Sedalia Municipal Building or Sedalia Public Library — after which council will have a final vote on the changes. No official approval was given Monday. The city has 12 months from the date of being issued the classification to make changes before the Class 9 rating becomes official. If approved, Burt said he expects the updates to be implemented by Feb. 1, 2016.

Council also approved three new appointments:

• Rick Adams to the Housing Authority Board of Directors to complete Larry Billingsley’s term expiring June 2016.

• Ann Richardson to the Planning and Zoning Commission completing Chris Patton’s term expiring June 2018.

• Kevin Wade to the Planning and Zoning Commission completing La Vera Schmitt’s term expiring June 2019.

During the meeting, council also:

• Approved an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 for staffing at the Sedalia Animal Shelter. Due to increased duties at the shelter, a part-time position will be changed to a full-time position.

• Approved a proposal and staff recommendation for an airport consultant for the Sedalia Regional Airport.

• Approved bids for rock.

• Approved an ordinance accepting a quit claim deed for sections of Main Street and Oak Grove Lane and accepting said streets for city maintenance to the City of Sedalia from Pettis County.

• Approved a quote of $21,489 from JCI Industries for the sole source purchase of a flight motor and gearbox for the mixer at the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• Approved bids for the demolition of structures located at 1520 S. Vermont Ave., 528 N. Washington Ave., 705 W. 11th Street and 416 E. Second St.

• Approved bids and an ordinance approving an agreement with APAC-Missouri Inc. for the mill and overlay of South Madison Avenue from U.S. Highway 50 to 16th Street. The work is needed due to sewer work occurring in the area.

• Approved an ordinance calling a general election to be hosted April 5, 2016, for the purpose of electing a municipal judge and one councilman from each of the four wards. Filing for candidacy begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 15 and ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the city clerk’s office.

• Approved a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

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