During last month’s EMLA Committee meeting, we received supportive testimony for Bill 107, Proposed CD1. It added “alternative fire prevention and fire safety systems” as a means of broadening the range of fire prevention/safety improvements that could be used to meet life safety evaluation requirements proposed by the Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee (RFSAC) in November. This proposal replaced the original contents of Bill 69, CD1 and was adopted by the EMLA Committee.
On Thursday, January 25th, the Permitted Interaction Group Report for Resolution 17-341 was posted on the City Council website (http://bit.ly/2rVyQBy) to provide a summary of oral and written testimonies that we received during and after our December condo forum. Roughly 95% of all comments opposed mandatory sprinkler retrofits for older high-rise condo properties. The report was part of the January Council agenda, and will be reviewed/adopted by the City Council during the February 28, 2018 meeting.
To stimulate further discussion, Chair Menor introduced a Proposed FD1 amendment to Bill 69 at the January Council meeting. His draft eliminated “alternative fire prevention and fire safety systems” from the range of safety improvements that could be adopted by individual condo properties, and substituted a mandatory sprinkler requirement for hallways and common areas of the roughly 150 condo properties identified in the RFSAC November report.
However, most testifiers during the January 31st Council meeting spoke in opposition to the Proposed FD1 amendment to Bill 69, and the following councilmembers expressed reservations about the amendment: Anderson, Elefante, Fukunaga, Kobayashi, Manahan and Pine; Councilmembers Martin and Ozawa voted in opposition. Bill 69, CD1, FD1 is now pending before the EMLA Committee; the FD1 draft was not brought up during its February meeting.
I encourage Chair Steelquist and NB #10 members to submit testimony on Bill 69, CD1, FD1 to insure that your neighborhood board’s recent vote in opposition to mandatory sprinkler retrofits for common areas is taken into consideration.