by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 9-2 vote, the Wellington City Combined Trade Board sent to the council a recommendation for approval of the 2015 International Code and a list of proposed city ordinances. The Wellington City Council will make a final decision at an unspecified later date.
However, many landlords are upset that the new codes are too restrictive and will create additional costs when improving or maintaining their rental property.
The issue came to a head Monday evening during a 90 minute discussion at the council chambers that pitted licensed trade contractors against the landlords in attendance.
Upon the conclusion of the discussion, the 11-member Combined Trade Board made up of two mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and building contractors along with two representatives of “resident at large” took the vote. The nine contractors voted for the proposed changes, the two resident representatives, Tim Fairbanks and Kenny Moore, voted no.
Now it goes into the hands of the Council which will make the final decision. The combined trade board only serves as an advisory commission to the council and can’t make law (see definition of board and its membership here).