Medford City Council Study Session
November 13, 2014
The meeting was called to order at noon in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Dick Gordon, John Michaels, Eli Matthews, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Chris Corcoran and Tim Jackle.
1. Building Code Update: Sam Barnum, Building Safety Director addressed the Council and provided an overview of the changes to be brought forward for Council consideration. He noted that the State of Oregon has updated these codes and the Municipal Code adopts formally the state codes. Action will need to be taken by the Council to adopt the updated codes. He reviewed the major changes within the code. He noted that the code adoption cycle by the State has been extended to six years versus three years. Adoption of these codes benefits both the builders and building inspectors as it increases predictability for builders and reduces municipalities cost for training and codebooks.
Staff will be bringing forward at the December meeting the ordinance amendments to adopt these updated codes.
2. Oregon Fire Code: Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg addressed the Council and provided an overview of the proposed changes to the Fire Code. He noted that the Council will need to adopt an ordinance to incorporate these changes.
The Fire Code is on a three year adoption cycle. He noted that there would be some changes requested to the Medford Code.
Council questioned if these changes are required to be retrofitted in existing buildings. Fire Marshal Kleinberg noted that some would need to retrofit others would be for new or renovation construction.
3. Fire Sprinklers: Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg addressed the Council and provided information regarding the use of residential fire sprinklers.
He spoke to how installation of sprinklers in residential buildings can be an option if other development c conditions are not able to be met such as required turn around, access requirements.
He provided information on the use of sprinklers within the large living spaces, provides for residents to exit the home safely.
He spoke to next steps and recommendation that the City look at implementation of a residential fire sprinkler ordinance for the community. He is continuing to reach out to the Homebuilders Association and other stakeholders on this issue.
Meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.