Dec 3, 2013 at 7:29 am
The grand forks city council has adopted a new provision in the building code that requires builders to sheetrock the basement ceilings of homes using lightweight construction or particle board. The city reviews changes to the international building code every three years. Backers of the provision say it’s a safety measure delaying the onset of potentially deadly fires. Critics say it could add thousands to the cost of a new home. Councilman doug Christensen made a motion to exclude the requirement but it died for a lack of a second.
In other action….members approved a new five-year contract for recycling services with provider waste management. The city’s current level of service will cost the average homeowner two-dollars-52 cents a month in 2014. The city has the option of taking another look at an expanded recycling program in years two through five of the agreement.