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Danville Town Council to review updated state building codes

Also: Officials to talk audit report, Town Green and Arts District Master Plan

Updated building codes are set to be the main topic of conversation during the Danville Town Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday evening, when town officials get together and review new code regulations by the California Building Standards Commission.

With code sections revised by the state every three years, town staff have recommended the council adopt the new codes without additional elements in order to remain consistent with other municipalities throughout California.

“Without any local action, the California codes are binding on local agencies,” chief building official George Thomas, said in a staff report. “Even without making local changes, almost all jurisdictions adopt the California codes by reference to ensure consistency.”

Local governments are allowed to adopt “more stringent standards if they are based on environmental, geologic, topographic or climatic conditions unique to that jurisdiction,” added Thomas, however town staff have not recommended doing so.

According to town staff, updated codes relate to plumbing, fire, mechanical, energy and green standards.

The Danville Town Council is set to hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St., Danville.

In other business

* The council is set to hear a series of presentations on town related activities, including an update from the Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee by Stewart Proctor, and a report from maintenance services department director Dave Casteel.

* Next, council members will hear a report on the town’s financial situation and will consider accepting the town’s audited comprehensive annual financial report.

According to the town’s finance manager/treasurer Lani Ha, while the town’s general fund saw a net decrease of $1,291,079 from the 2017-18 to 2018-19 fiscal years, revenues still exceeded expenditures by $7,453,497.

Total financial reserves for this year amount to $22,472,845, according to Ha -- a $1,694,107 decrease from the previous year.

* Council members are also set to talk with the town’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission about the establishment of a Town Green and Arts District Master Plan.

The draft master plan includes a number of proposed projects that include improving the Town Green core area, amphitheater, a creek walk and an outdoor reading area to name a few.

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