Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Aug. 30, 1999

Wright County adopts state building code

By John Holler

There are times that some laws and ordinances fall through cracks.

In rare exceptions, there are laws still on the books from more than 100 years ago. While Wright County doesn't have any of those, the past six months has seen several antiquated ordinances and regulations, ranging from land plat wording to licensing standards, being updated.

At the Aug. 24 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners added another one to their growing list for 1999 - the county's building code.

Although the county has unofficially followed the state's 1997 revised code, there was nothing in documented form to show that the county is operating with the same system as the state's building code.

"The main reason to amend this is to clarify the language concerning what changes have taken place over the years," Assistant County Attorney Brian Asleson said. "It's been a long time since the board has adopted ordinance changes and this makes the language consistent with the state codes."

Although the county followed the procedures from the state building code, the ordinance on the books was passed by the board Jan. 25, 1977, less than a week after Gerald Ford left office as president. The new ordinance takes effect immediately.

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