Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hearings set for residential sprinkler ordinance

BLOOMINGTON — Two public hearings are planned Thursday on a proposal to require sprinklers in all new residential construction in Bloomington.
Mark Huber, director of planning and code enforcement, will give an overview of the change and those attending will have a chance to ask questions and present concerns.  There also will be a fire demonstration.
The meetings are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 109 E. Olive St.  The fire demonstration will follow the 10 a.m. meeting and take place before the 6 p.m. meeting in the lot at Oakland Avenue and East Street.
The issue and other proposed building code changes included in the 2009 International Building Code will be considered by the Construction Board of Appeals at 3 p.m. Nov. 7.  The board will make a recommendation that will be considered by the Bloomington City Council at a future council meeting.
Normal City Council already has adopted the home sprinkler requirement.  It is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

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