The Norman Transcript


February 6, 2014

Code amendments spur carport debate



Council member Tom Kovach said Jungman’s attitude toward carports is elitist and could prevent the elderly, the disabled and others on fixed incomes from being able to protect their vehicles from Oklahoma weather.

Another code change will eliminate the issuance of city journeyman licenses. Connors said it was brought to the city’s attention that state statute no longer allows municipalities to require city journeyman licenses.

State issued journeyman licenses still will be required.

Connors said the city received about $8,500 in journeyman fees last year.

Contractor licenses still will be required by the city, but many subcontractors will be saved from the need to get and renew the $10 journeyman fee and the $5 annual renewal fees. Those include mechanical HVAC journeymen, electrical, natural gas piping, process piping, refrigeration, plumber, sheet metal and ground source piping.

Some other key amendments proposed for the city code include:

· Updating Norman ordinances to comply with state statutes that reduce the time for the declaration of a dilapidated building that has been boarded and secured form 36 months to 18 months.

· Establish setbacks for tornado shelters at 10 feet from front yard sidewalks and five feet on side yards.

· Reinstate the ability to require property owners to trim low-hanging tree limbs or encroaching bushes and shrubs from blocking sidewalks and to require basketball goals be removed from the street.

· Allow a mobile home and a house on the same lot in the A-2 (agricultural) zoning for a medical emergency.


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