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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ice barrier policy approved

  • On Monday, the City Commission approved a policy statement clarifying the use of ice barrier in roofing.
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  • On Monday, the City Commission approved a policy statement clarifying the use of ice barrier in roofing.
    The policy states McPherson is not an area with a significant history of water backup due to ice along eaves, leaving the installation of ice barrier to a home or property owner’s discretion.
    The installation of ice barrier products is recommended for areas with mean average temperatures of 25 degrees or less during their coldest months. McPherson’s mean average temperature last January was 30 degrees, putting the city above the recommended temperature.
    In previous discussions on the topic, the city had consulted with insurance and contractor representatives to weigh the positives and negatives of requiring the installation of ice barrier on new or rebuilt roofs.
    The city found enforced installation of ice barrier would result in an incremental rise of insurance premiums for the area due to the fact the area has no significant history of this problem, nor registers a mean average temperature within its recommended usage.
    Monday’s policy statement clarifies a 2009 city zoning requirement which states ice barrier should be used in areas where ice buildup on eaves has caused water backup on roofs, potentially resulting in water damage inside the structure.
    The policy statement recommends individuals with low-sloped roofs or a particular concern about this issue should talk with their contractor to see if installing ice barrier would be a wise choice given their situation.
    The policy statement notes it is not intended to modify or amend the
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    zoning code, but is intended to serve as an interpretive guideline for the benefit of city staff, contractors and residents.
    Other business
    In other business, the City Commission:
    • Approved vouchers for the Humane Society Fix-a-Cat program for an amount not to exceed $8,900.
    • Approved a $5,000 tree trimmer bond with Greenburst Lawn Inc.
    • Approved a $20,000 demolition bond with Central Christian College.
    • Approved a $20,000 demolition bond with Belfor USA Group Inc.

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