Powell adopts new property maintenance, fire prevention codes

The Powell City Council recently adopted new property maintenance and fire prevention codes to better align with the most current municipal standards in Ohio and address needs and applications specific to Powell. The new codes were adopted at the most recent city council meeting on October 4 and will take effect immediately.

“As the city seeks to streamline the eligibility review process, upgrading our development codes is important as a way to provide predictability to residents, business owners and those who want to do business in our community,” said Assistant City Manager Jeff Tyler. “We want to continue to seek ways to maintain high standards while being predictable in our approach.”

In 1997, the Powell City Council adopted the 1996 BOCA National Fire Prevention Code. The newly enacted Ordinance 2022-29 amends the Powell Fire Prevention Code to refer to the 2017 Ohio Fire Code, and incorporates the Liberty Township Ohio Amendment to align the city and township codes for consistency. As the provider of fire and EMS services to the City of Powell, the Liberty Township Fire Department can now enforce a uniform standard across both Powell and Liberty Township.

Fireworks

The latest version of the Powell Fire Prevention Code also establishes the rules surrounding the sale and discharge of fireworks, taking into account 2021’s amended replacement House Bill 172, which took effect on July 1, 2022; communications with various government officials; review and analysis of legislative testimony; and the actions of neighboring municipalities.

As part of the recently adopted Powell Fire Prevention Code, the City Council upheld the ban on the sale of fireworks within city limits. However, the code was amended to allow residents to set off fireworks on private property within city limits on specific, city-authorized holidays.

Approved holidays include New Year’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, June 19, 3-5 of July (and the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before and after the 4th of July), Labor Day, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

Powell Property Maintenance Code

The City Council adopted a new property maintenance code modeled after the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) currently used by many central Ohio jurisdictions. The IPMC is based on a national consensus process that surveys experts across the country on the most current and salient issues facing communities in maintaining high quality standards. In addition, IPMC is aligned with Powell’s existing building codes and recently adopted fire codes, as all are based on international codes.

Changes of note:

• Chapter 557 was amended with reference to providing notice to property owners of tall grass and weed violations. Instead of individual notification per event, the City will send a general notice to the local community at the beginning of each growing season as an initial notification. If the grass on a residential lot grows more than seven inches tall, the city will send a second and final notice to the property owner, who will then have seven days to remedy the violation before the city will remedy the situation. In addition, repeat violations on the same property will no longer require individual notice to the owner, and the city can move immediately to remedy the violation.

• Rules were added on the use of waste containers for home remodeling or clean-up projects. The new language does not apply to the existing standard for commercial containers.

Fireworks light up the sky during an earlier Powell festival.

Submitted by City of Powell.

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