Garfield County commissioners can’t reach agreement on carbon monoxide alarm requirements |

Garfield County commissioners can’t reach agreement on carbon monoxide alarm requirements

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One item on the Garfield County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda Monday had to be postponed until the following week.

With outgoing commissioner Larry McCown absent from the meeting, and incoming commissioner Mike Samson not being sworn in to office until today, sitting commissioners John Martin and Tresi Houpt came to a stalemate on a proposed amendment to the county building and planning code regarding carbon monoxide alarms.

Houpt motioned to pass the amendment that would update the 2003 residential code to require CO alarms in residences of any new construction and any dwelling that requires a building permit.

“If you go through the building code this is one that escapees people’s minds and it’s very important,” Houpt said.

But Martin disagreed saying that the amendment goes 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 stated that carbon monoxide alarms be required in new construction dwellings or existing dwellings where work requiring a permit occurs and have fuel fired appliances or attached garages.

Houpt voted in favor of while Martin voted against it.

“We will have to revisit this when we have three commissioners,” Martin said.

The commission will review the amendment again at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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