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Woodruff Town Board approves amended ordinance regulating fire inspections

July 26, 2019 by Kayla Houp

The Woodruff Town Board on Tuesday held the second reading and approved the adoption of amended ordinance 286-1, which regulates fire inspection frequency.

Prior to the adoption of the ordinance, fire inspections of all local businesses occurred twice annually, as per state statutes.

“Every town, city, village in the state has to do it that way,” town chairman Mike Timmons said July 24. “When we found out that that loophole was there, it just makes the business as well as the inspector’s ... a lot, you go into some places twice a year for absolutely no reason.”

That loophole permits the town board to authorize an ordinance reducing the frequency of fire inspections to at least once a year annually, so long as the duration between inspections didn’t exceed 15 months in accordance with SPS-314.01 (13.7).

According to the ordinance, should an issue or violation be found upon inspection, the Woodruff fire inspector will conduct a follow up to ensure compliance within two calendar months of the violation date, with non-compliance resulting in further action taken by the Town of Woodruff.

“So we make a motion to accept the second reading and make it law?” town supervisor Corky Sheppard clarified. “I’ll make that motion.”

Supervisor Judy Allen seconded the motion.

Timmons moved to a roll call vote, with the board approving the adoption of the ordinance 4-0. 

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]


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