Chehalis Council Tables Second Reading on Building Code Updates Until June 28 Meeting

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The Chehalis City Council on Monday voted to table a second reading updating its building codes until the June 28 meeting in order to better understand fire flow requirements.

The council at its April 26 meeting struck down a controversial option listed among the new requirements that would have mandated automatic sprinkler systems on nearly all new construction projects.

Still, City Manager Jill Anderson said some fire sprinklers are currently required in certain areas of the city that have deficient fire flows, which includes fire hydrants with little water pressure.

As such, the city recommended the council hold off on a second reading until the city could provide them with more information and a better understanding of what practices they’ve been using.

Mayor Dennis Dawes said he would like to bring in other stakeholders, including the Olympia Master Builders, to keep them informed of current and future practices.

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