"We're not asking for anything that is pie-in-the-sky unreasonable," Jones said. "We want someone looking over the shoulders of contractors . . . and we want enforcement. If we put laws on the books and don't enforce them, that's wrong."
Jones spoke Thursday at the end of the fifth day of Council hearings on demolition practices, spurred by the June 5 building collapse at 22d and Market Streets that killed six people and injured 14.
He said legislation to change demolition and construction practices would be introduced when Council returns from its summer break Sept. 12.
Most of the suggestions paralleled new requirements already announced by Mayor Nutter two days after the collapse.
But Council will insist on some additional items, Jones said, such as a specific telephone number at the Department of Licenses and Inspections that citizens could call with complaints.
Routing those calls through the city's 311 system has not worked, Jones said.
"People want to talk to someone knowledgeable," he said. "We want someone at L&I who is technically savvy to be able to pull up an address and see what is going on."
Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, chair of Council's L&I committee, said a new computer system being installed should facilitate reforms.
Witnesses at the final Council hearing included Walt Krzyzanowski, a registered master plumber representing multiple plumbing associations and Plumbers Union Local 690. He criticized the Nutter administration for dissolving the city's Plumbing Advisory Board and declining an industry offer to teach the plumbing trade to city building inspectors.
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