!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0e466e3970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0e466e3970c-320wi|alt=Mayor Dennis Waldron|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Mayor Dennis Waldron|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0e466e3970c img-responsive!A requirement to sprinkler new homes in La Vergne, Tennessee, took effect last year. Since then, the town appointed a new mayor, Dennis Waldron, who recently voiced his opposition to the requirement.
According to a news story by a local ABC affiliate, Waldron cites freezing and flooding concerns, which NFPA has countered, while stating that this law will stunt housing growth in his community. The NFPA report, "Comparative Analysis of Housing Cost and Supply Impacts of Sprinkler Ordinances at the Community Level", proves that sprinkler requirements do not have detrimental effects on housing supply and costs.
This month, a new ordinance to nix the sprinkler law was up for a reading by the town's Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Per an article in +The Daily News Journal,+ Waldron mistakenly voted against "approving the ordinance to change residential building codes in La Vergne," which in turn nixed the group's ability to end the sprinkler law.
The mayor's response to his vote? "I had intended to vote (in favor of changing the building codes). I just had something else on my mind."
For now, the requirement remains on the books. Waldron told The Daily News Journal that he's unsure if he will file new legislation to remove the sprinkler law.
La Vergne Fire Chief Rick McCormick still stands behind the sprinkler ordinance. "Anything that makes a difference or even a partial percentage of a difference when saving a life, that's what I'll always stand for," he told the paper.
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