Florence council tables building permit request

A request for a building permit sparked a lengthy discussion at the July 5 meeting of the Florence City Council.

The council decided that wording of current ordinances does not require the same construction setbacks near alleys as are required near streets.

But fire codes require new structures to be built 8 feet from property lines. Structures may be built as close as 2 feet to alleys since the center of the alley is considered the property line.

The council tabled the request until the proposed location of the building could be determined.

The council also heard a report from Del Leeds, the city’s compliance officer for the American with Disabilities Act, about the town meeting regarding ADA.

Leeds said a list of individuals with disabilities has been prepared for transfer to Emergency Management Services.

Many community members had given input toward a list of short- and long-term goals regarding the application of the ADA in Florence. This list will be presented to the council at a later date.

Leeds also showed the council where a handicapped-accessible parking space is to be marked off in front of the city building.

In other business, the council:

— tabled discussion of water tower repairs until complete bids are received;

— decided that a city employee should be sent to water certification school;

— affirmed that, provided all lights work, untagged pickup bed trailers are not affected by the inoperable vehicle ordinance.

— planned to have the budget prepared for presentation at the next meeting.

— ended the meeting with a 45-minute executive session for personnel-related matters with no action to follow.

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