Friday, February 1, 2019

Hardesty Directs Fire Bureau to Delay Enforcement of Placarding Ordinance

Recently elected Portland city council member Jo Ann Hardesty has directed the Fire Bureau to indefinitely delay enforcement of the placarding requirement for unreinforced masonry buildings. In a statement, Hardesty said the city should be doing more to support local businesses and nonprofits in performing seismic upgrades. She stated, "Until we have better support in place, especially in the form of funding assistance for these projects, I want placarding enforcement on hold for businesses and non-profit organizations." Mayor Wheeler emphasized that placarding is still required by law. Attorney John DiLorenzo, who is representing the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the URM placards, has said that the lawsuit will continue to go ahead because the Bureau of Development Services could still enforce the requirement. Read more.

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