ROME — The Rome Common Council during its first meeting of the year approved a piece of legislation that amends part of the code of ordinances dealing with the electrical code.

The ordinance was initially passed by the council in succession with the other ordinances, but after everything was done, council President Stephanie Viscelli went back and offered a motion to reconsider. It was passed unanimously the second time around, as well.

The electrical code was amended because it was out of date, according to the ordinance.

“IT is the recommendation of Mark Domenico, Chief Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Rome, based upon the fact that the majority of the provisions of the current electrical code are outdated, and that the city’s best interests are furthered and the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city are protected by Rome Code of Ordinances Chapter 14, Article IV being amended as outlined herein,” the ordinance stated.

The council also adopted an ordinance that makes changes to the buildings and building regulations administration pertaining particularly to stop-work orders.

The code allows the code enforcement officer to issue a stop-work order for a number of reasons, including any work that is deemed to be contrary to any applicable provision of the uniform code or energy code, any work for which a building permit is required that is being performed without said permit or any work that is being conducted in a dangerous or unsafe manner.

Stop-work orders are required to be in writing, dated and signed by the code enforcement officer, include the reason for issuance and state the conditions that must be satisfied before work can be allowed to resume.

That order will remain in effect until the code enforcement officer deems that the remedy satisfies the requirement of the New York State Uniform Building Code, the energy code and the Rome code of ordinances.

There will be a fee of $500 for stop-work orders associated with construction governed by the International Residential Code with New York State supplement. A fee of $1,000 will be charged for orders associated with work governed by the International Building Code with New York State supplement.