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Moore City Council wants more time to consider safety rules

Moore officials will seek input from residents, homebuilders and other communities hard hit by tornado damage.
by Matt Patterson Modified: July 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: July 2, 2013

Three city ordinances that would require storm shelters to be built in some new structures and alter building codes to better promote tornado safety have been tabled by the Moore City Council pending further discussion.

Mayor Glenn Lewis said the ideas will likely move forward, but more input is needed from the public and from homebuilders. The items had been on the agenda for Monday's council meeting.

“We thought it might be a little too early to pass them,” Lewis said. “We want to bring more people in from the community and we didn't want to impose hardships on those currently rebuilding their homes who may be short on insurance money.”

The ordinances would:

Require construction of storm shelters for all new single-family dwellings.

Require construction of storm shelters for all two-family residential, multifamily residential, manufactured residential, group residential and school buildings.

Add bolting and fasteners for the purpose of strengthening newly constructed homes in tornado-prone areas.

The new ordinances would apply only to new structures. Lewis said the proposed ordinance pertaining to schools will likely be eliminated because the city's school system has already decided to build shelters.

“We know the schools are onboard as far as doing that and it is something the public wants that will probably be included in future bond proposals,” Lewis said.

The mayor said a committee will be formed to get input from residents, homebuilders and other communities. Lewis said he hopes to speak with officials in Joplin, Mo., as part of the committee's work.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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