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Fire Marshall Oks sprinkler variance for 4-H Expo Center

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fairgrounds facility receives two-year grace period

Recently, executive members of the Cherokee County Fair Association, representatives from the 4H-Facilities Betterment Committee, City Fire Department, and five representative for the State Department of Public Safety, including Iowa State Fire Marshall Ray Reynolds, met at the fairgrounds regarding a use variance for the new Cherokee 4H Expo Center.

After a required plan review of the Cherokee 4H Expo Center, the installation of a sprinkler system in the arena portion of the building was deemed necessary.

The sprinkler requirement is due to the size of the arena. The 4H-Facilities Betterment Committee, the Cherokee County Fair Board, and the City of Cherokee have been working on getting a waiver of the sprinkler system requirement for the Cherokee 4H Expo Center at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.

After a building inspection by the representatives from the Department of Public Safety and discussion about future options regarding use of the building, the State Fire Marshall agreed to grant the Cherokee County Fair Association a two-year building use variance.

This means that the Cherokee County 4H Expo Center will be in use during the upcoming County Fair. During the two-year time of the variance, the Cherokee County Fair Association will need to examine the options and complete the one best suited for not only use of the 4H Expo Center, but also one that is fiscally responsible.

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I am shocked that a Fire Marshal, who has seen first hand the devastation and tragedy a fire in an unsprinklered building of this size, ESPECIALLY when crowded as it will be during the fair, would allow it to operate without sprinklers. God help them if a fire breaks out when it's crowded! If you plan to attend the fair, please be aware!

-- Posted by keepurfingerscrossed on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:25 AM

Disresepctful? To voice an opinion in favor of protecting lives and property. If that's what you call it, then I'm proud to be disrespectful of a decision that puts innocent lives at risk!

-- Posted by keepurfingerscrossed on Mon, Jun 27, 2011, at 12:46 PM

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