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The Fremont City Council during Tuesday evening’s meeting unanimously approved and had the first reading of an ordinance that will amend Chapter 9 of the Fremont Municipal Code, which deals with regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of property, building and structures.

Don Simon, chief building inspector for the City of Fremont, said that the ordinance needs to be fully approved by Aug. 1 to comply with the State of Nebraska’s language in regard to maintenance of property, buildings and structures.

Simon noted that additional amendments could be made between now and the Council’s July 27 meeting, and at that time, the second and third reading of the ordinance will likely be waived. The new ordinance would be in place 15 days after full approval.

After meeting with the Building Code Advisory and Appeals Board, both entities came to the following conclusions regarding amendments, information contained in a Staff Report says:

The NFPA 70 National Electric Code 2014 would be updated with the NEC 2017 to coincide with the State of Nebraska adopting same code as of Aug. 1, 2017.

Application for permits on Commercial projects would need to be submitted to the State Fire Marshall and plan review notes received from State prior to City of Fremont issuing a permit.

The requirement for landings on other than main exit/entry doors would be increased to four risers before a landing is required.

Appendix G would be amended in International Residential Code regarding pool barriers to read 72 inches for pool barriers and pools having the capacity to hold 24-inches of water or greater.

Plumbing fixture counts would be amended by replacing 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code Fixture Count Table with the 2012 International Plumbing Fixture Count Table.

In other Council news:

The Council unanimously approved an amended resolution accepting an agreement from Motorola Solutions Inc. for an eight-year software/hardware system upgrade agreement for PSAP equipment.

The Council approved a resolution for Amendment No. 1 reimbursement and indemnification agreement with Costco Wholesale, Inc. for building plan review services.

Mayor Scott Getzschman said the initial reimbursement was initially set around $41,000, but now is upward of $61,661. The money will go back into the city’s General Fund.

*The Council approved and had the second reading of an ordinance establishing an electric rate rider for the Community Solar Farm.

The project, being built on a 10-acre plot of land located south of Jack Sutton Drive, is available for use by customers of the Fremont Department of Utilities. These people have the opportunity to purchase solar shares that will cover upward of 80 percent or their used Kilowatt hours.

First National Bank Fremont is providing financing for the Community Solar Farm, and all shares of the farm have officially been sold, City Administrator Brian Newton said during Tuesday’s meeting.

Newton said that he is working on acquiring an additional 1,500 panels because the demand has been so great from DU customers. Ten to 15 people are signing up for slots in the farm daily, he added.

“The plan is to take it from around 1 megawatt, which is 3,382 panels, to near 5,000 panels, which is about 1 1/2 megawatts,” he said. “So that is really good news.”

GenPro Energy Solutions based out of Piedmont, S.D., is installing the farm, which would currently produce 1,712,719 kilowatt hours annually.

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