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Archive for Saturday, March 29, 2014

25 years ago: At lengthy commission meeting, property owners discuss cost of fire sprinklers

March 29, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 29, 1989:

Lawrence city commissioners this week heard four hours of testimony on the pros and cons of changes to fire sprinkler requirements. Proposed amendments to the Uniform Fire Code would require sprinkler systems in a number of new apartment units as well as in existing fraternity and sorority houses and high-rise apartments. During the lengthy debate, speakers approved of the idea behind the change but also spoke about the cost of the changes. Commissioners ended up deferring for a week their decision whether to require sprinklers in new apartment buildings containing more than 15 units of having more than two stories on top of a basement. This week's city commission meeting was a marathon lasting eight hours, beginning at 6 p.m. and adjourning at 2:45 in the morning. The length of the meeting caused commissioners to defer final decisions on a total of three controversial issues until next week's meeting, which was scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

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