In a unanimous vote, Marceline City Council adopted new municipal codes during the May council meeting.

The updated municipal codes replace the previous codes and will raise Marceline’s ISO rating.

Marceline City Council unanimously adopted new municipal codes May 15. Appendices were adopted from the International Building Code, International Fire Code and International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings. In addition, the city incorporated the National Electric Code and the International Plumbing Code. The codes incorporated by city council replace the existing codes in the Marceline Municipal City Code. Certain appendices were adopted so the city would not have to hire a code enforcement officer, or appoint a board of appeals.

According to Marceline City Manager Richard Hoon, he wants people to know these are not harsh building codes.

“These are basic appendices that are enforceable and are focussed for Marceline,” Hoon said. “We want to make sure when people are applying for permits they are meeting these requirements.”

Hoon says some municipal codes have been outdated.

“Some of these codes were adopted back in the 1908s,” Hoon said. “Instead of us having a full-blown recodification, we adopted some of the international codes.”

The municipal codes were adopted in order to receive a higher ISO rating. ISO Mitigation created a rating scale for commercial and residential assessment of building codes. The rating scale runs from 1-to-10, with 1 being the highest rating. Communities, which have higher ISO ratings are allowed to receive lower insurance rates.

According to the ISO Mitigation Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule, the rating scale provides for a safer community and less damage should a catastrophe occur.

Previous to the May meeting, Marceline was unrated by ISO. With the updated codes in place, Hoon hopes the rating will reflect a positive change.

Appendices adopted from the International Building Codes cover agriculture buildings, signs, rodent proofing and supplementary accessibilities requirements. Appendix C, which covers agriculture buildings, adds new consideration for agriculture buildings, which was not available in the previous Planning and Zoning Ordinance. Appendix E, which covers supplementary accessibilities requirement, provides requirements for design and construction of facilities for with disabilities. Appendix F, rodent proofing, details methods to keep rodents from entering a building. Appendix H, signs, regulates the construction and protection of outdoor signs.

Appendices adopted from the International Fire Code cover fire flow requirements for buildings, fire hydrant location and distribution, fire apparatus access roads and fire protection systems. Appendix B, fire flow requirements, is a table, which presents fire flow based on building type and building area. Appendix C, fire hydrant location and distribution, allows fire departments to decide fire hydrant placement around new buildings. Appendix D, fire apparatus access roads, establishes guidance for fire access in one-and two-family subdivisions, as well as parking signage. Appendix I, fire protection systems, covers fire safety and hazards for firefighters.

Appendices adopted from the International Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings cover manufactured housing, piping standards, existing buildings and structures and sizing of water pipe systems. Appendix E, manufactured housing, covers maintenance and repair of manufactured housing, which includes prefabricated homes, only when the homes are moved or altered. Appendix G, piping standards, provides a table for the most widely used plastic piping used in buildings. Appendix J, existing buildings and structures, regulates the rebuilding, repair, reconstruction, alteration and renovation of existing structures to make sure the work being done will make the structure safe. Appendix P, sizing of water pipe systems, provides basic information about water service and water pipe distribution systems to provide quality, quantity and adequate water pressure.

All appendices listed as well as the National Electric Code and International Plumbing Code have been in effect since Bill No. 18-05.024 was passed May 15.