The Riverton City Council will consider adopting the International Building Code on third and final reading this week.
The council rejected the building code March 1, expressing frustration about its commercial fire suppression requirements.
But Councilman Mike Bailey resurrected the item March 15, explaining that, if Riverton doesn’t adopt the IBC, the state will take over local building inspections – a situation that would be “far less desirable,” involving “some bureaucrat that doesn’t live here, doesn’t care, and doesn’t understand our unique issues that we may have.”
A state inspector might not honor the residential fire suppression exemption to the IBC that Riverton allows, Mayor Richard Gard added.
“As much as I hate (it), the state sort of shoves this down our throats and doesn’t really give us the ability to choose,” Bailey said.
Bailey was one of the four council members who voted against IBC adoption March 1, but he made the motion March 15 to reconsider the item, which was approved unanimously.
After the vote, Gard said he would like to find a way to “get back home rule (so) we can control these things here in Riverton.”
“We have to play their game, but we also need to not drop the ball,” he said. “(Let’s) get it out of the legislature. … That is an item that needs to be taken care of.”
This week’s council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Council Chambers at Riverton City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd.
Other agenda items include:
-An ordinance to allow above ground propane and gas tanks for sales and distribution without a variance in commercial highway zones
-A public hearing and consideration of a restaurant liquor license transfer of ownership for Chopstix Asian Bistro, 824 N. Federal Blvd
-Consideration of an ordinance on third and final reading to annex the Riverview Cove Subdivision south of Riverview Road and west of Hill Street
-A quarterly police department statistics presentation
-A grant application to expand and improve the commercial passenger terminal at Central Wyoming Regional Airport
-A grant application for Airport Road
The meeting is open to the public for in-person attendance. It is also available on the city’s Youtube Channel.
The meeting packet can be viewed here.