In a continuing effort to bring the borough’s law book into the 21st century, the governing body will be updating language in the standards it references to in applying property maintenance codes with Ordinance 2514. The current law cites an over 20-yar-old property maintenance regulation codebook, the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) National Property Maintenance Code/1996 (Fifth Edition). It is referred to incorrectly in the ordinance as from 1966.
The new reference regulation book to be referred to is the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) which is published by the International Code Council (ICC).
At the January 18th municipal meeting, Construction Official Frank Genova asked that the governing body adopt the newer international code book as a back-up to borough ordinances. The IPMC provides detail standards for things that might not be addressed in municipal codes such as handrails, interior lighting, and stairways as well as lighting effects.
Mr. Genova stated, “If anything pops up that we don’t have as an ordinance, we would have that code book to go back on to do something [and] take a stand.”
Three copies of the code will be placed on file in the Borough Clerk’s office for the use and examination of the public.
February 15th is when the public hearing and vote by the municipal government is scheduled at the 7 p.m. municipal meeting in borough hall.
A copy of the ordinance is available below:
Download RP Ordinance 2514