Council to review CO detectors mandate

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — City council will consider amending its fire code to mandate carbon monoxide detectors for residential rentals at its regular meeting at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The amended ordinance allows exemptions, including properties that have heating devices that do not emit carbon monoxide or products of incomplete combustion and dwellings where the sleeping unit is located at least two stories above any story that has fuel-burning appliances.

Council member Robin Oda filed a minority report against the amended changes. According to the safety and health committee report, Oda said it “is a matter that should be clearly defined in writing in any lease agreement between a landlord and renter, setting forth the responsibilities of each.”

Committee members John Twilliger and Brock Heath support the amendment.

• All real property owners who rent a building or structure to residential tenants that contains a fuel-burning appliance, or a building which has an attached garage, must equip the building with one or more single-station carbon monoxide alarms. There are exceptions related to certain types of sleeping units or dwelling units.

• That property owner is required to supply and install the alarm, ensure that any batteries associated with the alarm are in operating condition when the occupant takes possession of the property, and provide the occupant with written information regarding alarm testing and maintenance. The occupant is to install any later needed batteries, provide testing and general maintenance, and notify the owner in writing of any deficiencies the occupant cannot correct.

Other business on the agenda:


• R-7-2016 Agreement with Choice Once Engineering Design for the North Market Street Improvement Phase 2 for $120,000.

The project includes replacement of sidewalk, storm sewers and roadway reconstruction on North Market Street between Foss Way and Stoneyridge Avenue. The design also includes a traffic study of the traffic signals in project area. Construction is set to begin in 2017.

• R-8-2016 Bid the 0.75 Million Gallon Water Tower $2,750,000. The extra high service area tower will be located on Stanfield Road.


• Final plat/dedication of right-of-way, Nottingham Development Section 9

• Amendment to require CO detectors in residential rentals and re-establish fire code penalty with emergency

• Levy assessments for Phase VIII sidewalk program. The assessment seeks to recover $132,400 for work completed in 2015. Property owners will receive written notice. Assessment not paid will be certified to the county auditor for collection over a five-year period.

The following ordinances will have public hearings at the March 7 council meeting:

• Rezone single family residential to light industrial district for Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

The rezoning request is to extend a parking lot for the planned professional career skill training facility.

• Rezone Huelskamp Farm from general agriculture and flood plain to R-4 single family residential district for Paul G. Duke Park

• Rezone two lots from county zoned flood plain to local retail district for property adjacent to Treasure Island Park

• Amend fence provisions and zoning code to clarify fences as accessory structure under the zoning code.

The amendment to permit fences to be erected on the rear property line; amend the definition of “fence” to include the word “accessory;” and to clarify that the principal structure has set the setback line on a property.

The amendment is designated as emergency designation. If passed, the changes to the ordinance would take effect immediately. Staff said property owners could request a variance if provisions are hard to follow for those who own older properties.

By Melanie Yingst

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