The Building Trades Board met at 5:30 on February 8, 2018 to hear an appeal on the Notice and Order issued for 715 West 4th Street North, following a drug task force raid at the property in November. The Notice and Order required testing and cleaning of dangerous substances per Chapter 3 of the 1997 Uniform Code of the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings. The Building Trades Board denied the appeal, but did offer further clarification to the appellant on what dangerous substances needed to be tested for (those found and documented in the police reports).
Also at the meeting, the Building Trades Board began discussion on the Building and Fire Code Update process. They were given a binder with materials from the Central Iowa Code Consortium on their recommendations for the 2015 Codes. In general, the goal for the update is to remain consistent with the State of Iowa and the Central Iowa region to provide consistency for contractors doing work in Newton.