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25 years ago: No exemptions to be made in rural building codes

June 2, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 2, 1988:

  • Douglas County commissioners decided this morning that farmers would not be exempt from new building codes. An earlier compromise on the plan had involved exempting "true farmers" from the codes for one- and two-family residential buildings approved two weeks ago. The new uniform building codes, to go into effect in 60 days, covered building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work done on new structures and additions to existing structures. After a "true-farmer" exemption had been discussed, commissioners said that they had heard from several farmers in the area who thought that the codes should include everyone in the unincorporated parts of the county. "They want things as safe as anywhere else," said commissioner David Hopper. Commissioner Nancy Hiebert added that having an exemption would be unsafe for current homeowners as well as for people who might buy a rural home in the future.
  • A team of 72 competitors were scheduled to travel to Wichita this coming weekend to participate in the Kansas Special Olympics Summer Games. The event, which was expected to draw nearly 3,000 athletes, was to feature aquatics, tennis, gymnastics, cycling, and other sports. The main sponsors of the Wichita event were Koch Industries and the Wichita Police Department.

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