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Grace House doesn't meet fire code regulations


January 29, 2020
Grace House, the residential facility for women who are recovering from addiction, does not meet fire code regulations for the State of Indiana.

That's what Nancy Radcliff, a volunteer with the non-profit organization Giving Recovery A Chance Everyday, told the Crawford County Board of Commissioners at its Jan. 14 meeting.

She said an inspector from the State Fire Marshal's Office showed up recently to inspect the property, located along S.R. 64 behind the Marengo Town Hall. He said Grace House does not meet regulations required of facilities with overnight accommodations.

"We filed for a variance and were hoping for a waiver," said Radcliff.

The state did not grant a waiver and said Grace House must abide by the state fire code.

Radcliff said the board must install a fire alarm and the house must meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.

The Grace House board received an estimate of $7,000 from Larimore Electric to complete the necessary improvements for the fire alarm system, while getting the building into ADA compliance will take additional funds.

"We're faced with some costs," said Radcliff. "With the budget we maintain, we don't have those kinds of dollars. We're hoping the county can offer some assistance."

Radcliff said the board appreciates the support the county has given Grace House thus far, noting that it's a great place for women to recover.

The commissioners told Radcliff she needs to approach the county council, the fiscal body of the county, with any funding requests. They also noted Grace House is a modular home with limited value.

Grace House is approaching its two-year anniversary. The property is owned by the county.

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