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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
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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.

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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