•by Alan McArthur
The Platte County Commission approved a modification to the 2006 Residential Building Codes on Thursday.
The change affects only one portion of the code, which was debated at a commission meeting in July.
The change affects the portion of the code talking about windowsill height requirements in living areas of homes.
According to Daniel Erickson, director of planning and zoning, the original code was vague and could be interpreted to give different meanings.
“We found some issues with the original code in regards to fire safety and lighting requirements,” said Erickson.
Erickson also said Kansas City and Lee’s Summit removed the portion altogether, but Raymore had modified the portion.
The modified portion will now require that bedrooms on the second floor of a home have the windowsill at least 24 inches above the floor. The window must also not allow anything larger than a four-inch sphere to pass through.
The old portion simply said any window more than 72 inches above grade had to meet the requirements.
The new codes will go into effect in Sept. 1 of this year.
The commission also approved the following items:
•Requests for bids were released for the public works department. The requests are for a new water truck, one ten foot snow plow, three or four nine foot snow plows, and five salt spreaders. More information about the bid requests can be found in the legal notices section of The Landmark.
•A bid to print the 2008 Platte County Visitors Guide. According to Cheryl Thorp, Platte County Visitors Bureau director, the guides will cost around $17,000 for 40,000 copies, with 50 to 75 percent of the cost paid through advertising.