For the first time,in more than 50 years, the city of Terre Haute will update its fire code ordinance. On Thursday, the city council approved the fire department’s request. The measure, also allows the department to charge businesses for inspections.
By a vote of 6 to 3.. the council voted to replace the existing 1962 fire code and adopt the international fire code. Under the measure, the fire department would be allowed to charge for inspections. The annual fee would be 25 dollars for most businesses. A cap of 550 dollars would apply to large businesses. The money collected would help the department address several issues.
Assistant Fire Chief Norm Loudermilk said, “the money that we raise from this ordinance will be used to give right back to the community in the form of programs, better investigations, better prevention programs for the public.”
The new ordinance is expected to implemented in mid-April.
In other council news, during public comment, the director of the Terre Haute Wastewater Treatment Plant, asked for a pay raise for his workers. According to Mark Thompson, negotiations between the union representing the workers and the city have stalled. Council said, they couldn’t do anything about the negotiations, but they did encourage the two parties to restart the stalled talks.