Commercial builders in Conway will be required to get an additional permit from the Conway Fire Department beginning Jan. 1.

A special inspection of commercial buildings’ life safety systems is now required by the Fire Marshal’s Division to attain a certificate to occupy.

Life safety systems, according to the ordinance approved Tuesday by the Conway City Council, include sprinkler systems, fire alarms and kitchen range vent hoods.

Conway Fire Department Captain Mike Rhoades said this type of inspection is already performed at commercial businesses by the department, but a permit will help the department "keep up with what’s going on with the businesses coming to Conway."

Rhoades said there is no cost for the additional permit, but it is required for the occupancy certificate.

The ordinance does not affect existing businesses, he said.

Not every commercial business is required to install life safety devices, according to Rhoades. An example he gave would be a restaurant that seats just 40 people.

"Depending on the occupancy, not all buildings will be required to have a fire alarm or sprinkler system," Rhoades said.

Builders can obtain the permit at Central Fire Station, 1401 Caldwell St.

Council members approved Paladino-Nash at $298,865 for construction of Museum Road. City engineer Ronnie Hall said about 850 feet of the road is to be constructed beginning in September. The project is scheduled to be completed by January.

The Council authorized the removal of inventory from the Conway Police Department, including nine police vehicles to be sold at auction.

In other business, the Council:

Extended the lease on property where Snap-On Equipment, Inc. resides.

Passed a resolution requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector to place a certified lien against property at 612 Third Ave. for incurred expenses by the City of Conway

Approved the nominations of Bill Yates and Anne Tucker to the Planning Commission

Appropriated $4,000 from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to the Historic District Commission.

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