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Building check urged


August 30, 2018 | View PDF

Inclusion of an international maintenance code in the city's building code regulations was discussed at the Aug. 20 city council session. City council members have been presented with an updated version of the code which is part of a statewide program to update city codes.

Councilman Jim Kackman questioned why the international property maintenance code needed to be included in the city's code. Kackman noted the international code was "voluminous" and probably contained requirements which his own residence would fail to meet.

Kackman pointed out not every homeowner is going to elect to maintain their property to a certain set standard. He urged council members to take a look at the international code and decide whether they might want to get rid of it.

Police Chief Rick McNannay noted the city's nuisance code, which has been employed by the city when the department fields complaints, cites the maintenance code.

McNannay noted the department follows a policy of citing under the nuisance code only when they receive a complaint about the upkeep from another resident.

The code update was done in 2015, and the state adopted it in 2016. Colfax is now operating under the 2012 building code.


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