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File #: 130546    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/13/2013 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the creation of a "Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia," to investigate safety problems and identify solutions related to the oversight of demolition projects in the City and, in furtherance of such investigation, authorizing the issuance of subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents to the full extent authorized under Section 2-401 of the Charter.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Kenney, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature13054600.pdf, 2. Public Hearing Transcript 6-19-13.pdf, 3. Public Hearing Transcript 6-27-13.pdf, 4. Public Hearing Transcript 7-18-13.pdf, 5. Public Hearing Transcript 8-1-13.pdf, 6. Public Hearing Transcript 8-15-13.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
8/15/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
8/15/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
8/15/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia RECESSED   Action details Not available
8/15/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia RECESSED   Action details Not available
8/1/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
8/1/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia RECESSED   Action details Not available
7/18/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
7/18/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia RECESSED   Action details Not available
6/27/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
6/27/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia RECESSED   Action details Not available
6/19/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
6/19/20130 Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia RECESSED   Action details Not available
6/13/20130 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and Ordered Placed on This Week's Final Passage Calendar - Rules SuspendedPass  Action details Not available
6/13/20130 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED   Action details Not available
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Authorizing the creation of a "Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in the City of Philadelphia," to investigate safety problems and identify solutions related to the oversight of demolition projects in the City and, in furtherance of such investigation, authorizing the issuance of subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents to the full extent authorized under Section 2-401 of the Charter.

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WHEREAS, According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), demolition work poses more risks than the construction of a building; and

WHEREAS, OSHA states that demolition work incurs additional hazards due to unknown factors such as: deviations from the original design introduced during construction, approved or unapproved modifications that altered the original design of the structure, hidden materials or defects, and unknown strengths and weaknesses of construction materials; and

WHEREAS, In order to offset these hidden dangers, personnel involved in demolition work must be fully aware of these types of hazards and the proper safety procedures to employ; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on June 7, 2013, that approximately 100 demolition permits have been issued by the City so far in 2013, and 300 demolition permits remain open since 2009; and

WHEREAS, On June 5, 2013, a building that was being demolished at 22nd and Market Streets in the City collapsed onto an adjoining building, tragically killing six individuals and injuring 14 others; and

WHEREAS, Section 2-400 of the Home Rule Charter authorizes the entire body of Council or any of its committees to make inquiries and conduct investigations in aid of its legislative powers and functions; and

WHEREAS, It is crucial to the safety and protection of the citizens of Philadelphia and the general welfare of the public for Council to investigate and evaluate th...

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