Garfield County stalls on CO detector requirement
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A proposed building code amendment that would require carbon monoxide detetors in Garfield County hit an impasse Monday before county commissioners.
Further deliberation on the measure was postponed until next week.
With outgoing Commissioner Larry McCown absent from Monday’s meeting, and incoming Commissioner Mike Samson to be sworn in Tuesday, commissioners John Martin and Tresi Houpt were split on the proposed amendment to the county building and planning code.
Houpt made a motion to adopt the amendment, which would update the 2003 residential code to require CO alarms in new residences and any other dwelling when work is done that requires a building permit.
“If you go through the building code, this is one that escapes people’s minds and it’s very important,” Houpt said.
But Martin disagreed, arguing the amendment went too far.
“If there is truly a need, then they would need to do it, but not for any building permit,” Martin said.
The amendment would require carbon monoxide detectors in newly constructed dwellings as well as existing homes whenever work requiring a permit occurs, if the residence has fuel-fired appliances or an attached garage.
Houpt voted in favor of the amendment, while Martin voted against it.
“We will have to revisit this when we have three commissioners,” Martin said.
Commissioners will take up the amendment again on Jan. 19.
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