Sprinkler fitter Derek Swanson, with Mission Fire Sprinkler LLC, installs a sprinkler head in the Strauss Building which is being renovated to be a restaurant in downtown Chattanooga.Staff Photo by Dan Henry
The Chattanooga City Council is expected to vote tonight on whether to defer an ordinance that would give nightclubs two years to install sprinkler systems per Chattanooga fire code.
But it was unclear today during an agenda session before committee meetings started whether the item would be deferred.
Councilwoman Carol Berz said she felt the ordinance should be just voted “up or down.”
The item has been controversial for months, because the new fire code requires all nightclubs to install sprinkler systems to deter fire and has no grandfather clause. City officials said the code affects 25 nightclubs in Chattanooga.
Other council members said if it came to a vote they would vote it down, because it puts an unnecessary financial burden on business owners.
The council will vote on the measure during its 6 p.m. regularly scheduled business meeting.
For complete details, see Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...
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