Richard Gabel, director of Edmond's building services, said he was confused why there was an issue over the updates of the code at this time.
“We're not trying to hide anything,” Gabel said. “It has never been a secret. I don't see a down side to this. We are trying to get a uniform technical code.
“No cities have refused to adopt this. The whole point is so everyone will be on the same page.”
Art Myers, a retired contractor for stadium seating in Oklahoma, said, “There is not a cryptic, mysterious thing. I can't stress enough how important it is to be on the same footing.
“It is all about uniformity. It does not cost any more to do it right.”
Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow, Lawton and other cities are updating their ordinances to comply with state building codes and the International Builders Code, something municipalities do periodically, City Manager Larry Stevens said.
Edmond council members unanimously approved updating the codes.