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City officials working to correct fire code ordinance

The ordinance included a fee for businesses to pay for fire code inspections.

Posted: Oct. 20, 2017 9:01 PM
Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 9:01 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Norm Loudermilk with the Terre Haute Fire Department says they're working to make things right in the city's fire code ordinance.

You may recall the city approving an updated ordinance back in March and submitting it to the state for approval. The ordinance included a fee for businesses to pay for fire code inspections.

The ordinance did not pass after officials said it was not up to state standards.

Since then, Loudermilk says they've been working behind the scene to rewrite the ordinance correctly and get the process going again.

"The hope is that the council will pass this because it was what they passed before," he said, "and then we can get that over to Indianapolis in December, get it on their agenda, and then go from there and hopefully, since it's in the right order, that going through it and understanding it won't be a big issue."

You may be wondering about the money collected from businesses that paid an inspection fee.

It will be up to the council to decide what will happen to that money. Loudermilk says it can either be refunded back to the businesses or honored for their next fire code inspection.

Inspection fees, Loudermilk says, will go back to the fire department for fire prevention programs. 

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