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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bloomington ordinance requiring hard-wired smoke detectors subject of court battle"

A story this morning in the $$ Bloomingdale Herald-Times, reported by Lindsey Erdody, begins:

The city continues to battle with property owners who are legally challenging a new Bloomington requirement that rental units have hard-wired smoke detectors.

City of Bloomington assistant attorneys Greg Small and Patty Mulvihill responded to the property owners’ request for summary judgment in the case with a similar request, asking for a summary judgment in the city’s favor. They argue that the city’s rental inspection code doesn’t conflict with state code, because the provision regarding smoke detectors allows city law to be more stringent.

The Bloomington City Council passed the ordinance in November 2012 that requires rental property owners to install hard-wired smoke detectors by Dec. 31, 2018.

State law requires all smoke detectors to be battery-operated or hard-wired. It allows for city regulations to be more stringent or detailed, but they cannot conflict with state code.

“State law says smoke detectors can be either battery-operated or hard-wired. The city, in the interest of public safety, chose to pursue the more stringent requirement of hard-wired systems,” Small and Mulvihill wrote.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 24, 2013 09:03 AM
Posted to Indiana Government