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residential fire sprinkler added requirements

From: domainremoved <Henry>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:26 -0800

Honorable council members,

I read the staff report for the MPFPD request to adopt their new code. Problems w the threshold for fire sprinklers and overall logic remain.

As I pointed out in public comment in November, the building department is inclined to base its <percentage of remodel> on relatively simple changes; if the fire district uses the building department calculation, or if it uses a similar calculation, then redesigning the lighting in the the main areas of a house will trigger the 75% - this is not fair and I don't think its council's intention. I don't see this clarified in the staff report.

For example, if I move an air register and relocate the can lights in living, dining, kitchen and bedrooms (requiring new drywall to keep the ceiling finish flat), move one wing wall and refinish the living room floor, this is about 80% of floor area but would be less than $15,000 change to a $400,000 3 bedroom ranch house. To mandate an additional $17,500 (low bid on real project w open framing) plus higher water meter rates forever to a lighting project is just not right.

I realize that you have worked on this with the District, but we aren't there yet. Please continue to adjust the code to serve Menlo Park


Henry Riggs
Callie Lane
Received on Fri Jan 23 2015 - 15:53:01 PST

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