By Conrad Dudderar
A proposed new city code would regulate existing structures inside Yukon’s municipal boundaries.
The Yukon Planning Commission will study the proposal when it convenes at 7 p.m. next Monday, Oct. 9 inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.
The only business item on the meeting agenda is a review and discussion of the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code “for possible future adoption”.
The presentation will be made by Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort and Assistant Planning Director Danielle O’Neal.
“The proposed code will help to ensure that all existing structures remain safe and secure by providing a standard for the exterior of the structure, fire safety as well as providing further standards for the safety of swimming pools,” Hort and O’Neal wrote in a Sept. 22nd memo to planning commissioners.
City of Yukon staff has requested commissioners consider adopting the code.
“This will help ensure that existing properties remain safe and secure,” the memo reads. “The property maintenance code will help establish minimum requirements for the maintenance of existing buildings through model code requirements.”
These cover building exteriors and interiors, plumbing facilities and fixtures, mechanical, electrical and fire safety; along with light, ventilation and occupancy limitations.
Some requirements the code governs are that:
- Buildings have running water and smoke detectors.
- Exterior doors and windows are secure and in good working order.
- Existing roofs on buildings are in good conditions.
- Building walls and foundations do not have holes and are properly maintained.
- Fences are installed around swimming pools holding more than 24 inches of water.
- Building exteriors have protective treatment in good condition.
- Vehicles are not considered dilapidated.
If adopted, the code will be an amendment to chapter 204 “Buildings and Building Regulations” in the Yukon Code of Ordinances.
The Yukon Planning Commission will have a new member when it convenes Oct. 9th for its regular meeting.
Lee Clark was appointed this week as new Ward 4 representative on the five-member advisory panel.
Clark replaces David Enmark, who took the oath of office Tuesday night to fill the vacant Ward 4 post on the Yukon City Council. Enmark recommended Clark’s appointment.
Other Yukon Planning Commission members are Chairman Bill Baker (Ward 3), Vice Chairman Jarrid Wright (Ward 2), Nick Grba (Ward 1), and Jeff Geis (At-Large).