New igloos violate fire code

Published 10:37 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019

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Town approves lease to move them away from building

TRYON—The new igloos at Huckleberry’s in Tryon violate the fire code. 

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday and heard from Tryon Fire Chief James “Tank” Waters who said the county fire marshal said the igloos are too close to the building. 

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Waters said the igloos need to be moved 12 feet from the building. 

Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples said if they are moved that will put them on town property. 

Town manager Zach Ollis said Huckleberry’s will need permission from the town in order to serve alcohol in the igloos. 

There was some discussion about liability given that the igloos will be on town property. 

Christine Cowles with Huckleberry’s said that Ollis and Waters have done tremendous work. 

“If we move them back 12 feet I think that would be best for all involved,” Cowles said. “It would give emergency crews more room to move in.” 

Cowles said she is already closing for 15 days in January for construction and moving and she has commercial liability insurance. She said she only needs to request the state for the ABC permitting of alcohol. 

Commissioner Crys Armbrust asked what the rental fee is per party. 

Cowles said it varies depending on length of time and the number of people, from $10 to $105. 

“Everyone is customized to the person’s desire,” Cowles said. 

The town approved a $1 lease for the property for the igloos. The town manager will draw up a lease for Huckleberry’s for between now and April 1 to permit the igloos.