Marietta City Council's Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee is seeking public input on a proposal requiring commercial properties to install smoke detector systems and those undergoing substantial interior renovations to add sprinkler systems.
The proposal came from the Marietta Fire Department following several arson fires on Front Street. A restaurant with smoke detectors and sprinkler system was back in business two days after a fire. However, two fires in buildings without a system, resulted in 2 million dollars in damage and destruction of two buildings.
Fire Chief C.W. Durham says there are about 1,000 commercial buildings in Marietta. Only about 25 percent currently have smoke detectors and or sprinkler systems.
Building owners and residents are welcome to attend tomorrow’s meeting to share input on the proposal. It takes place at 3 p.m. tomorrow at 304 Putnam St.