Changes to Ft. Lupton fire code moving forward

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/6/21

Fort Lupton City Council’s short version of an update to the International Building Code and International Fire Code was pretty simple.  Most other construction companies are following the …

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Changes to Ft. Lupton fire code moving forward

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Fort Lupton City Council’s short version of an update to the International Building Code and International Fire Code was pretty simple. 

Most other construction companies are following the guidelines set forth in 2018. 

“Most of the builders have been using it for about a year,” said planner Todd Hodges during a Sept. 28 town hall forum. “Our understanding is when they first started doing this, they did meet the industry standards. They are finding few codes across the boards. The more they play with different codes, the more it costs them money.” 

“Builders who are using the 2012 codes will be allowed to continue to use those?” asked Mayor Zo Stieber. 

Hodges said that was true up to project conclusion. 

“This is the best way,” he said. “Mari (City Clerk Mari Pena) read the statute, and she laid it out for us. I assure you that in talking to people for about a year, they haven’t had one issue with anyone.” 

The two scheduled public hearings are Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 7. Without any delays, Hodges anticipated a start date of Jan. 14. 

Volunteer award 

Council has to make a choice about who – or which group(s) – to nominate for the Small Town American Civic Volunteer Award. It recognizes the nation’s top 100 public service and public safety volunteers from towns and counties of less than 25,000 in population, according to its website. 

During the Sept. 28 town hall, Emily Whittington, assistant city clerk, suggested the city’s senior advisory committee (for its efforts around the Field of Honor program at Pearson Park), Hillside Cemetery (for its work with the annual Memorial Day program) and the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority (for its grant program and work with the downtown streetscape program). 

The city can make up to two nominations. 

“My intent is to reach out to the nominees for information before I write it,” Whittington said. “Nominations are due Oct. 15.” 

Stieber wasn’t sure if the city’s historical society was eligible for the award. 

“The senior advisory committee makes a fair amount of money off the field of honor,” Stieber said. “I like the idea of them getting something, though they may not need it.” 

The cash prizes total $35,000 -- $20,000 to the winner, $10,000 to the first runner-up and $5,000 to the second runner-up.

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