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Posted: July 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Fire codes workshop set Monday

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss how to implement fire codes for the city’s older buildings. The reason is simple: Old buildings might not be compatible with new fire codes.

Nothing will be “waived.” The city council will simply discuss which of a pair of state-approved fire regulations should apply in old-style structures.

City Manager Leigh Anne Knight said the city uses the state’s fire codes, which are adopted from international fire codes. But Georgia codes known as “Title Eight” are also available, which offer the city “compliance alternatives” to code enforcement in old buildings.

For instance, Knight said, an old building with just one exit might be able to remain open with the installation of an “audible system” – “a system that talks to you.”

The city council tabled the issue at its July 7 meeting, per Mayor Ronnie Johnston’s suggestion.

“It’s pretty detailed stuff,” he said.

Monday’s meeting is set for City Hall.

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