The Board of Commissioners do hereby proclaim the month of May 2018 as Building Safety Month

Whereas, Emmet County is committed to recognizing our growth and strength, and depends on the safety and economic value of the homes, buildings and infrastructure that serve our citizens, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, and;

Whereas, our confidence in the structural integrity of these buildings that make up our community is achieved through the devotion of vigilant guardians- building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, design professionals, laborers and others in the construction industry-who work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings, and;

Whereas, these guardians, many of whom are dedicated members of the International Code Council, a U.S. based organization, that brings together local, state and federal officials that are experts in the built environment to create and implement the highest-quality codes to protect us in the buildings where we live, learn, work, worship, play, and;

Whereas, our nation benefits economically and technologically from using the International Codes® that are developed by a national, voluntary consensus codes and standards developing organization, on which the State of Michigan bases its codes, our government is able to avoid the high cost and complexity of developing and maintaining these codes, which are the most widely adopted building safety and fire prevention codes in the nation; these modern building codes include safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters within the State of Michigan such as snowstorms, tornadoes, wild/and fires, floods and earthquake; and;

Whereas, Building Safety M onth, sponsored by the International Code Council, is proclaimed to remind the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown guardians of public safety- our local code officials-who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings that are essential to keep America great, and;

Whereas, “Building Codes Save Lives ” the theme for Building Safety Month 2018, encourages all Americans to raise awareness of the importance of building safe and resilient construction; fire prevention; disaster mitigation, and new technologies in the construction industry. Building Safety Month 2018 encourages appropriate steps everyone can take to ensure that the places where we, as citizens of our community, as well as visitors to our community live, learn, work, worship and play are safe, and recognizes that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of building and safety codes by local and state agencies, and,

Whereas, each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Americans are asked to consider the commitment to improve building safety and economic investment at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local building departments, local fire departments , and state & federal agencies in protecting lives and property.

NOW, THEREFORE, we, The Board of Commissioners of Emmet County do hereby proclaim the month of May 2018 as Building Safety Month. Accordingly, we encourage our citizens to recognize the importance of the Emmet County Building Inspection Department and its role of ensuring safe and code compliant structures and buildings within our community.

In response to the Board of Commissioners’ proclamation that May is Building Safety month, Martin Van Berlo, Building Official, is writing a four-part series of articles.

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