Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Committee on Collapse to Meet Wednesday

The special investigative committee Council formed last week to explore issues surrounding the fatal building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets plans to hold its first meeting on Wednesday.

Committee on Collapse to Meet Wednesday

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The special investigative committee Council formed last week to explore issues surrounding the fatal building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets plans to hold its first meeting on Wednesday.

The committee also has announced dates for four other hearings to be held through the summer recess.

The committee, chaired by Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr., plans to being its work by asking questions about standards for demolition work on public sector versus private sector jobs.

Council President Darrell L. Clarke said he anticipated the committee would produce a report and any corrective legislation necessary. It's unclear who might be called to testify Wednesday, but Jones previously said he had hoped officials from the Department of Licenses and Inspections would be available.

The remaining meetings are scheduled for June 27, July 11, and Aug. 1 and 13. 

The hearings were sparked by the building collapse, which killed six people inside an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store and injured 13 others. A private contractor was in the process of tearing down the last of a row of buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street when an unsupported wall fell on the thrift store.                                                                                 

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