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City officials nix Knox box requirement

McMinnville officials gave consideration to a measure that would require all commercial businesses and some apartment complexes to install lock boxes, also called Knox boxes, onto their buildings. The boxes would be used by the city’s fire department to gain access to a building, if needed. Curre...

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Should fire department lock boxes be mandatory for all commercial businesses and some apartment buildings? That was the question under review by McMinnville officials during Tuesday night’s Building and Grounds Committee to discuss changes and adoption of new building codes. McMinnville Zoning Department director Nolan Ming says the state is requiring the city to review and update all its code requirements and he’s recommending the city enforce its fire department lock box requirement.

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