Council to continue building ordinance talks

By Northern Star Staff

A meeting between business owners and City Council members to continue discussing the progression of the Commercial/Industrial Building Responsibility Code Ordinance will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

The ordinance would require commercial and industrial businesses to be inspected annually at the owner’s expense; the proposal has generated controversy, leading to City Council postponing a vote on the ordinance as it gathers feedback. The Nov. 21 meeting will be held at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Business owners from the DeKalb area will also be in attendance.

Second ward Alderman Bill Finucane said what inspections should include and the extent of each inspection still need to be determined. He said additional fees for each inspection may be added, and the situation won’t be resolved until February or March.

Fifth ward Alderman Ron Naylor said options for the Commercial/Industrial Building Responsibility Code Ordinance are still being considered.

“There has been a proposal that includes fees and using outside consulters,” Naylor said. “Fees would be based on per inspection.”

Seventh ward Alderwoman Monica O’Leary said the City Council is in the talking phase but wants to do what is best for the community.