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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

There are about 6,000 tornado shelters at businesses and private homes in Moore.

City Manager Stephen Eddy said the ordinances could be voted on in 30 to 45 days, but no timetable has been set.

Moore Home Builders Association President Pete Jackson said storm shelters have become popular amenities in new homes. One client requested hurricane straps be added. Hurricane straps better secure a roof to the home itself and are designed to keep roofs from coming off in high winds, such as those seen in lower-intensity tornadoes.

“We're seeing a lot more requests for the shelters,” Jackson said. “I can't think of anyone who hasn't put in a shelter in any of the new homes we've built recently. Most opt for an in-ground shelter in their garage rather than a safe room.”

Jackson said exploring new ways to promote safety is worthwhile, given the frequency of tornadoes in Moore and the surrounding areas.

“The city of Moore has always been eager to work with homebuilders,” he said. “Anytime they've passed something new they always see input before passing it.”

Lewis said the goal of any new ordinance would be to promote safety but limit hardship on home and business owners.

“We want to be the safest city in the country but we also don't want to force government down people's throats,” Lewis said. “There is a balance that we can find.”

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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