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City commission discusses fire code change, storm water drainage

Emporia city commissioners had a light agenda for Wednesday's study session.

 

Commissioners reviewed an amendment to city fire code, regarding the sale and storage of flammable or combustible liquids and propane in above-ground tanks. Assistant City Manager Jim Witt says it's an updated permitting process through the city and inspection through the fire department, allowing sale and storage in C2 and C3 industrial zoned areas.

Vice-Mayor Danny Geifer says it's an extra precaution, but also makes the process more customer-friendly.

A presentation was also given on the Development Review Team, their processes and role within the city. Witt is manager of the DRT; he says the team is in place to prevent any "oops" moments, and cover every possible detail with planning new developments.

Commissioners also reviewed several options regarding Holiday Drive storm water drainage. The commission decided more information was needed, and discussion on the matter will continue.

To wrap up the meeting, commissioners held a joint luncheon with the Housing Board of Appeals. The board is meant to give folks a chance to appeal a citation for property violations. The year-old board hasn't received much attention because it hasn't been used. Property Enforcement Program Director Jim Whittredge said, of the 1400 violations cited within the city, more than 1200 have been resolved, and none have been appealed.

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