Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hailey to prohibit wood shingle roofs

Fire danger spurs change

Express Staff Writer

    Cedar shake roofs will likely become a thing of the past in Hailey this month. City leaders are poised to prohibit cedar and other wooden roof shingles because they are prone to catch fire.
    Last summer, the Beaver Creek Fire consumed thousands of acres in Blaine County and the Wood River Valley. The wildfire nearly swept into Hailey.
    As a result, Hailey officials became concerned that current building codes do not fully address the risks of wildland fires.
    On Monday night, Oct. 7, the Hailey City Council approved all but the minor details of a change to city code that will prohibit wooden roof coverings, and require more fire-resistant designs for roof valleys, downspouts, deck coverings and underfloor areas.
    Hailey staff took direction from the state fire marshal and the Department of Lands, before recommending the changes, which are based on the International Building Code’s Wildland-Urban Interface Code.
    The proposed changes would require increased fire-proof flashing in roof valleys, underfloor areas enclosed to the ground with walls and non-combustible downspouts.
    The City Council instructed Development Director Micah Austin on Monday to amend the proposed ordinance to spell out at which point the new ordinance would go into effect for remodels and additions to homes that already have wood shingle roofing.
    “Any change that requires a building permit,” Austin said.
    A building permit is required in Hailey for any additions more than 200 square feet in size.
    The council will review the proposed ordinance again at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting.


    In other Hailey news:

  • The City Council authorized spending $5,000 to build a winter “grind park” at Keefer Park, which can be used by skiers and snowboarders.
  • The City Council approved a letter calling for members of a Student Advisory Board made up of middle and high school students, who would attend City Council meetings and make recommendations on city affairs in 2015.
  • Ron Hayes was reappointed to the Hailey Library Board, and Sara Baldwin was appointed to the board for her first term.
  • Vaughn Palmer was awarded a plaque for 25 years of service to the Hailey Fire Department.
  • Bob MacLeod was honored for his many services to the city.

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