By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
New buildings in Mannington will now be constructed with a new building code.
During Monday’s meeting, which served as the first meeting for newly elected council members, council approved the first reading of an ordinance adopting a new building code.
Anthony Horton, Mannington’s building code enforcer, told council that the state creates a new building code every three years.
“Every three years the state of West Virginia has to adopt the most current code and makes us adopt the newest code,” he said.
Horton said Mannington was using a 2009 code. He told council that once the ordinance is accepted, they have to provide a copy to the state fire marshal’s office.
“Then they will make sure it’s in compliance with state law,” Horton said.
Mayor Jim Taylor said the new code will be enforced to buildings that are built after July 1, 2013.
“This will all be for new construction,” Taylor said. “When a new business starts building from the ground up, they have to follow the new building code.”