Minutes of the Meeting of Tuesday, January 7, 2003

1. Call to order

Past President Chris Warrick, County of Mendocino, called the meeting to order at 12:17 P.M. at The Vineyard Creek Hotel, Santa Rosa.

2. Self Introductions

Past Pres. Warrick welcomed 20 members and called for self-introductions. President Ed Henry and Vice President Bill Schulze were unable to attend.

3. Approval of Minutes

Minutes were posted at the website prior to the meeting. Additional corrections were proposed at the meeting. For a copy of the corrected minutes go to the website at (

M/s/Passed to accept the minutes as corrected.

4. Officers and Committee Reports

a. Treasurer

Treasurer Daryl Phillips was unable to report the balances, as there has not yet been an opportunity to hold the executive committee meeting for the transition of the duties to new officers.

b. Secretary

Secretary Tom Carlton apologized for the lateness of the posting of minutes and agenda due to current overhaul of his city's IT resources.

c. Vice President

No report.

d. President

No report.

e. Executive Committee

Has not met, but will set an executive meeting for the transition.

f. Education Committee

The committee members present were Cindy Heitzman, Daryl Phillips, Larry Jones and new committee member Patrick Barnes.

Cindy reported on the ATC-20 seminar that will be presented at the Steele Lane Community Center in Santa Rosa on January 30, 2003. The problem with the CALBO flyers has been corrected. She mentioned that, while the class is open to all, the requirements for receiving the call out card are strict. To receive the card, one must be:

1. employed by or contracted to a jurisdiction as a certified building inspector, certified plans examiner or CBO; or

2. a currently licensed architect or P.E; or

3. "grandfathered in" under SB717 and in possession of a validation letter from a CBO of the jurisdiction.

Independent inspectors not currently employed by or contracted to a jurisdiction are not eligible regardless of certification(s). Cindy stated that a volunteer is needed to assist the presenters, and that we still need sponsors for the breaks.

Daryl reported on current site and price negotiations with the Vineyard Creek Hotel for the four California Building Code update seminars which REICBO will sponsor in February and March. He stated that the Hotel has agreed to reduce the room cost from $1,500 down to $500 dollars per day. After discussion of anticipated attendance and expenses, it was decided to request an option to use a smaller room if registration turnout is poor.

M/s/P to set the fee at $145 dollars per day and send out the flyer.

Arranged through ICBO, each seminar will be a one-day program and be presented on two consecutive days so that larger offices will not have to deplete their department of all staff for the training. The seminars are scheduled as follows:

Non-structural, presented by Ken Larsen, will be held February 13th and 14th;

Structural, presented by Jerry Neville, will be March 20th and 21st.

g. Code Development Committee

No report.

h. ICBO Liaison

Nothing to Report.

i. CALBO Liaison

Nothing to report.

j. Location Committee

No report given.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are held on first TUESDAYS.

The February meeting will be held Tuesday, February 4th, at Lund's Caf in Petaluma at 1096 Petaluma Blvd. North, across the street from the police station.

The March meeting location is undetermined.

Tentatively, the April 1st meeting is scheduled to be held at Rings Restaurant in the Embassy Suites Hotel at 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael.

5. Correspondence and Announcements

Letters were passed around requesting support for a candidate and for retroactive installation of guardrails to current standards.

Cindy Heitzman mentioned the need to pre-register if one wishes to participate in the live web cast of the upcoming CEC hearing.

Ron Bergeson mentioned the HCD newsletter containing several articles about CEC changes, lead paint hazard, etc.

6. Old Business


7. New Business

Steve Jensen mentioned that SB460 (lead paint nuisance abatement) has been chaptered.
The question was asked, "who will be attending the CALBO ABM?". Steve Jensen, Cindy Heitzman and Daryl Phillips will attend.

8. Legislative News


9. Code Issues

Joe Willer - What is the minimum head height required for a hood / canopy at an ATM machine ? The CBC is unclear - shouldn't it be 80inches? Suggestion was to apply the "clear path of travel" requirements in the CBC (see section 1133B.8.2 Overhanging obstructions). (Further research shows that in Vol. 1 of the 1998 CBC this issue was clearly handled in section 1121.B - Protruding objects. The entire text of this section is deleted for 2001 and titled "Reserved" - t.c.).

Chris Warrick - initiated discussion of surcharges imposed upon retaining walls that are less than four feet high from the bottom of footing, with relationship to slopes (over 1:1 = surcharge).

Discussion regarding wiring within enclosed (indoor) pool areas, and whether exterior or interior methods and materials apply. Consensus reached as an outdoor and wet location.

10. Adjournment

Motion and second to adjourn. Discussion:

Dave Martinez asked if the Chapter would be interested in hosting a future Annual Business Meeting at this site (Vineyard & Marriott Hotels, Santa Rosa). He thinks CALBO would be receptive, and will follow up.

M/s/P for REICBO to sponsor break refreshments at ATC-20 seminar January 30 at the Dohn Room, Steele Lane Community Center, Santa Rosa.

Passed motion to adjourn at 1:48.

Respectfully submitted by Tom Carlton