25 years ago: In spite of objections, commissioners pass rural building code

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 23, 1988:

Rural Douglas County was to get a limited building code for new one- and two-story homes and major add-ons. Against the opposition from several rural landowners present, county commissioners at a meeting this week had voted 2-1 to implement a version of the Council of American Building Officials (CABO) building codes, to go into effect 60 days after its publication. Commissioners David Hopper and Nancy Hiebert said today that the code would be an important factor in ensuring safe housing, but Commissioner Warren Rhodes, who had cast the one dissenting vote, said that rural landowners didn't need the additional regulations. The commissioners agreed to consider an amendment to exempt "true farmers" from the code, with County Administrator Chris McKenzie saying that the county reappraisal division's definition of agricultural land could be worked into a definition for the exemption. The commissioners agreed to discuss the proposed amendment next week. Dean Harvey, one of about a dozen rural residents had been on hand for the meeting, had protested the code, saying, "I built my house in 1942. It may not be fancy, but it's stood through tornadoes going overhead, and a bolt of lightning striking close doesn't shake it. I don't want any inspector coming in and telling me I did something wrong."


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