By CARL SMITH
Representatives from the state fire marshal’s office will visit Oktibbeha County Tuesday to inspect two public gathering places for fire and safety standards, county Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said Saturday.
The fire marshals will inspect Club Rock and BJ3, two county locations the Oktibbeha Board of Supervisors recently discussed as having safety concerns in its previous meeting this month.
On Dec. 5, the board voted unanimously to begin developing ordinances regulating maximum occupancy levels and requiring safety standards in county clubs and public entertainment venues after citizens and emergency responders presented their concerns. Following a presentation on safety concerns at Club Rock, an establishment located at Butler Road and Rock Hill Road, by Sheriff Dolph Bryan and Rosenhan, the board voted to authorize the two officials to formally seek an injunction against the club’s operation until ordinances could be developed to ensure safety standards.
“What (the fire marshals) will do is inspect the buildings, measure the place, come up with a recommended amount of occupants and check the building’s safety standards in place,” Rosenhan said. “Following the inspection, a full report will be made available to the board. The state office is more qualified for these types of inspections and opinions, plus these marshals have state law behind them.”
Rosenhan said the owners of both establishments have been contacted about the marshal’s visit and are cooperating.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said the growing concerns over safety standards have developed due to county growth. Both Club Rock and BJ3 are located in District 2.
“Some might say we’re trying to shut them down, but that’s not the case. Occupancy and safety standards are the main thing,” Trainer said. “If they adhere to those requirements, then that’s going to create safe environments. I think we can work out the kinks here and make things safe while everything functions. We can definitely have a win-win situation here.”
The board of supervisors will meet 10 a.m. Monday on the second floor of the county courthouse.