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Supervisors OK new state code

| Thursday, May 13, 2004

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - In an effort to keep tabs on activity in the community, township officials will adopt the new state Uniform Construction Code.

Based on regulations adopted in January, all municipalities must - from April 9 to July 8 - notify the Department of Labor and Industry of their decision to opt in or out of the Uniform Construction Code.

Municipality that do not submit notification by Aug. 7 will automatically opt out of enforcement.

Although each municipality must decide to enforce the the state code, state lawmakers mandated that the new regulations exist as statewide guidelines.

By opting in, the supervisors must readopt existing building code ordinances and adopt a new ordinance related to the Uniform Construction Code administration and enforcement.

Melvin Weiss, chairman of the board of supervisors, said he and his colleagues decided to opt into the Uniform Construction Code as a means to control building and other construction-related inspections. While the township will enforce the code, residents must hire their own state-certified inspectors.

Solicitor Mark Ramsier said the township - had it opted out of the Uniform Construction Code - would have given control of building inspections to Fayette County and would have lost its own Planning and Zoning commissions.

Weiss, and supervisors Joanne Latkanich and John Yetsconish agreed to advertise the ordinance.

In other business, the board banned outdoor burning until September.

The supervisors said the next brush collection period will run June 7-11. Residents are allowed to place grass clippings and other brush behind the township building.

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