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New Britain Considers Fire Code Ordinances

New Britain Borough Council will consider the possibility of adopting two ordinances at a meeting tonight.

The first ordinance proposes to adopt the 2015 editions of the International Fire Code and the International Property Maintenance Code.

The second ordinance proposes a Human Relations Ordinance. This ordinance would create the New Britain Borough Human Relations Commission and extend protections of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to cover discriminatory acts on the basis of actual or perceived gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, training of guide or support animals, use of mechanical aids, and/or source of income within the Borough of New Britain.

Full text of both proposed ordinances may be reviewed at:
New Britain Borough Hall
45 Keeley Ave.
New Britain, PA 18901

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:
Burkart Hall
56 Keeley Ave.
New Britain, PA, 18901

NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE BOROUGH OF NEW BRITAIN: NOTICE is hereby given that the Borough Council of the Borough of New Britain, Bucks County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will consider adoption of the following ordinances at its meeting on February 12, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Burkart Hall, 56 Keeley Ave., New Britain, PA 18901. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF NEW BRITAIN, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AMENDING CHAPTER 208 FIRE SAFETY AND EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS AND CHAPTER 310 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE OF THE NEW BRITAIN BOROUGH CODE OF ORDINANCES TO ADOPT THE 2015 EDITIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE AND THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE; REPEALING INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES; CONTAINING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Pursuant to the requirements of the Borough Code, the following is a summary of the ordinance under consideration: The ordinance adopts the 2015 editions of the International Fire Code and International Property Maintenance Code as codes to be enforced in the Borough of New Britain. The ordinance amends the International Fire Code to insert the name of the municipality, specify penalties and offenses for violation, and sets a deadline for sprinkler installation for buildings wherein cellulose nitrate film or pyroxylin plastics are manufactured, stored, or handled in certain quantities. The ordinance exempts new construction subject to the terms of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and the International Codes mandatorily adopted thereunder from Chapter 208, and provides that conflicts between the UCC and the International Fire Code shall be resolved in favor of the UCC. The ordinance amends the International Property Maintenance Code to insert the name of the municipality, incorporate the Borough’s fee schedule, specify penalties for violations of the code, set the maximum weed or plant growth at 6 inches, and set time frames during which insect screens and heat supplies are required for certain uses. The ordinance repeals prior inconsistent ordinances or parts of ordinances, contains a savings clause, and sets an effective date. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF NEW BRITAIN, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ENACTING A HUMAN RELATIONS ORDINANCE IN CHAPTER 27 OF THE NEW BRITAIN BOROUGH CODE OF ORDINANCES; REPEALING ALL INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES OR PARTS THEREOF; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Pursuant to the requirements of the Borough Code, the following is a summary of the ordinance under consideration: The ordinance creates the New Britain Borough Human Relations Commission, and extends the protections of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to cover discriminatory act(s) taken by any person, agency, employer, employment agency, labor organization, or public accommodation on the basis of actual or perceived gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, training of guide or support animals, use of mechanical aids, and/or source of income within the Borough of New Britain. The ordinance sets a short title, sets forth the purpose and declaration of the policy behind the ordinance, defines certain terms, enumerates unlawful practices and exceptions thereto, establishes the New Britain Borough Human Relations Commission and sets forth its responsibilities and powers, establishes a procedure for receipt and processing of complaints pursuant to the ordinance, specifies that the ordinance is not intended to limit the remedies available to an aggrieved person, addresses multiple filings by the same aggrieved person, sets forth penalties, contains a savings clause, repeals prior inconsistent ordinances or parts of ordinances, and sets an effective date. A copy of the full text of both ordinances under consideration may be examined or obtained at Borough Hall, 45 Keeley Avenue, New Britain, PA, or may be reviewed at the offices of the newspaper wherein the notice is published. Samantha Bryant Borough Manager 1t J 31 7269552

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