Outgoing Council Members Table Final Vote on Sprinklers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/18/06

Outgoing Council Members Table Final Vote on Sprinklers

Lubbock City Council members have decided not to vote on an issue requiring some apartments to be equipped with fire sprinklers.

The decision came during a special City Council meeting before the new Mayor and new council members were sworn in.

The issue at hand was whether to amend the current building code and not require one and two story apartment buildings to be equipped with fire sprinkler systems.

Lubbock Fire Chief Steve Hailey spoke in support of keeping the current code requiring sprinklers, saying "I would ask that you not grant the exemption to the one and two story apartments."

The item was placed on the agenda after the West Texas Home Builders Association lobbied the city to reduce the building code. They tell NewsChannel 11 that the sprinklers are too expensive and apartments already have smoke detectors.

The issue will now be decided by new Mayor David Miller and council members Linda DeLeon, Phyllis Jones, Gary Boren, John Leonard, Floyd Price, and Jim Gilbreath. No word when that decision will come.

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