City administrator Brad Meyers says building owners are responsible for making sure their buildings are safe."Everything looks great and it is safe and light downtown, but along with that comes what you want to do and keep the buildings safe now that we know we have this issue with 150 year old buildings. The owners need to keep up with the maintenance," said Du Quoin City Administrator Brad Meyers.
"We want to know that it was repaired correctly and not just 'oh hey we've go it fixed,' lets go try to find out if it was done right," said Meyers.
Thursday night, the Du Quoin City Council agreed, and voted unanimously to pass a new ordinance that requires businesses in the historic downtown to apply for a permit before making any structural changes which may compromise the safety of the building.
Amendments are expected to be made to the ordinance at the next council meeting to spell out fines and other punishments for failing to meet the new code.
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