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Edmond City Council approves update to code despite opposition

Edmond City Council members unanimously approved updating a series of codes. Cities across the state are making updates.
by Diana Baldwin Published: December 11, 2012

A group of people claiming they are trying to restore constitutional governance at the local level argued this week against the city council updating the International Builders Code, a code that has been used by Edmond for 12 years.

The International Builders Code is a model building code developed by the International Code Council in 1997 and adopted by most cities throughout the United States.

Four other codes, covering fire, housing, power-generation towers and structures and job site sanitation rules, also were on the council's agenda.

A committee of builders and contractors has been reviewing the code updates for about a year.

Ferlin Kearns said the group of opponents wanted a delay on the vote because the regulations were in 13 books, covered 15,000 pages and would cost the people $1,000 to get copies. Opponents said they did not have time review the documents.

“We had no idea this was being dumped on us,” Kearns said.

Robert Semands compared the codes to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which he said has hidden requirements.

“It is going to cost us a lot of money,” Semands said. “I don't know what is in it.”

The opponents, some who are members of Govern Edmond Locally, have argued against the city's involvement in International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and Edmond having a sister city because of ties to the United Nations' program Agenda 21.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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