INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
An Indiana board has approved proposals from two local governments to
require carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties after blocking
those efforts over the past few months.
The state Fire
Prevention and Building Safety Commission voted Wednesday to let the
ordinances from Chesterton and Porter County in northwestern Indiana take
effect. The board dominated by construction industry representatives turned
down the Chesterton ordinance in October and has postponed action on others,
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
State law requires
cities and counties trying to pass ordinances that differ from state
building code and fire safety laws to seek permission from the 11-member
commission, which is appointed by the governor.
Chief John Jarka said he was grateful to finally get approval for the city’s
ordinance on detectors for the odorless, poisonous gas produced by
malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances. Indiana is among a dozen states
without such a requirement.
“I would just hope
that the state would adopt it in the code,” Jarka said.
Apartment Association, which represents apartment building owners, has
opposed the local ordinances, arguing that it is best to have statewide
general counsel for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said the
agency will encourage local officials to submit proposed ordinances for
review that they don’t conflict with state building regulations.
“We don’t want them
wasting their time, we don’t want their local councils or commissions
wasting their time, adopting an ordinance that has defects that we could
identify ahead of time,” Whitham said.
That’s not quite
the “template ordinance” that Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb told The Times
last month that he wanted the commission to prepare - especially for
communities interested in adopting carbon monoxide detector ordinances.
Whitham said local
ordinances that have won commission approval will be posted online,
alongside the commission’s review and approval guidelines, for local
officials to use.