What's to become of North Syracuse fire safety?

Village Board hosts public hearing for local sprinkler law

Plenty of discussion was heard at the March 11 North Syracuse Village Board public hearing to rescind the local sprinkler law under section 115-43 of the village's code. The hearing began at 7:29 p.m. at the Community Center.

Several community members, village firefighters and the owners of Shamrocks, a business located in the village, spoke both in favor and against removing the law from the village code.

The law requires that all attached buildings such as condominiums and commercial businesses have codes efficient sprinkling systems with access to the public water supply, and be installed in order to operate in accordance. The law was established 20 years ago.

The village's Sprinkler Review Committee brought concerns to the board during the Jan. 14 Village Board meeting since the former codes officer, Ronald Dean, had done further research that caused him to make a conclusion to suggest he village rescind the law.

During the Jan. 14 meeting, former mayor, John Heindorf, said there was a public hearing for the law in February 1989 and it was made effectice May 10, 1990.

The village committee was established as well, which would and does consist of one village trustee, Chuck Henry, the fire chief and the codes officer.

During tonight's meeting, Trustee Gary Butterfield reiterated that he was indeed the person who brought up the initial discussion during the Jan. 14 meeting.

Butterfield said he remembers being in the audience during the time the law was being discussed in 1990.

He was opposed to the extensive restrictions then, and now. Butterfield said his main concern in 1990 and today, is that most village of North Syracuse business are "mom and pop," not corporations that can afford an elaborate sprinkler system.

"It can be an economic hardship," Butterfield said.

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