Minutes of the Meeting of Tuesday - March 8, 2005


1. Call to order

Vice President Doug Williams (Rincon Valley Fire) called the meeting to order at 12:10 P.M. at the Cattlemen's Restaurant in Petaluma.

2. Self Introductions

Vice President Williams welcomed the 24 attendees and called for self-introductions.

3. Approval of Minutes

Minutes for the February 1, 2005, meeting were posted at the web site and e-mailed. M/S/Passed to accept the minutes as posted..

4. Officers and Committee Reports

a. Treasurer

DeWayne Starnes (County of Sonoma) Reported the balances for the checking account as $7,102.03 and for the CD as $11,608.19.

b. Secretary

Michael Enright (City of Santa Rosa) Asked everyone to check to see how their name and other information is listed on the REACO website. Notify Larry Jones, City of Santa Rosa and Webmaster, about any changes that need to be made.

c. Vice President

Doug Williams (Rincon Valley Fire) Attended the ICC Hearings for the proposed 2006 Code Adoption in Cincinnati. The Means of Egress Committee reviewed over 200 proposed code changes.

The June meeting will be a BBQ at the Cotati Fire Station. More information will be provided when we get closer to the meeting date.

d. President

Daryl Phillips (The Phillips Group) Absent.

e. Executive Committee

Did not meet. No report

f. Education Committee

Did not meet. No report.

g. Code Coordination Committee

Did not meet. Sal Lucido (The Phillips Group) suggested that the committee set up a meeting to review the "Emergency Supplement" to the 2001 CBC dated September 20, 2004 and adopted by the State for State jurisdiction facilities only (CBC Chapter 16A) to determine which sections of the supplement, if any, are appropriate for adoption by local agencies. The supplement contains revised seismic design standards that were initially proposed for adoption by Bay Area and Los Angeles area ICC chapters as result of the findings and recommendations made after the Northridge Earthquake. Many of the provisions have been implemented into the IBC. The local agency must go through the state's code adoption process if they wan to adopt all or a portion of the Emergency Supplement.

Discussion about the seismic standards led to comments from some agencies that have heard that adoption, or non-adoption, of the Emergency Supplement design provisions may have an effect on the communities ISO rating. Those in attendance thought that a presentation from the insurance industry about the ISO rating process would be appropriate for a future meeting.

h. ICC Liaison

No report.

i. CALBO Liaison

Steve Jensen (City of Napa) gave a report about the 2005 CALBO ABM held in Yosemite. About 200 people attended the meeting. One of the biggest discussion items at the ABM was "What is happening with the California Building Standard's Commission Coordinating Council". (Which coincidentally was meeting the same day as the REACO meeting).

William Schock, City of San Leandro is this year's CALBO president.

Steve Jensen reported that the Building Standards Commission asked the NFPA representatives and State Agencies on the Coordinating Council to review the copyright issues raised about the content of the NFPA 500. This lead to questions and discussion at the REACO meeting about which codes were going to be supported. The general opinion was that most local fire chiefs support the IBC and the IFC but the State representative is officially neutral. Doug Williams pointed out that the Uniform Fire Code was started in California during the 1960's. The Western Fire Chiefs subsequently partnered with ICBO for subsequent updates to the Code.

j. Location Committee

No report. (The next meeting will be at Marin Joe's in Corte Madera).

k. Donations Committee

    No report.

5. Correspondence and Announcements

No correspondence.

City of Napa is recruiting for a Senior Inspector.

ICC is now offering their training at "regional centers". The regional center for our region of the ICC is in Carson City, Nevada.

CALBO, ICC & IAPMO are all looking at offering / providing California Code Certifications. The group discussed the ICC certification requirements, whether to get legacy or IBC certification and how to comply with the continuing education requirements for ICC certification.

Sal Lucido announced that the Redwood Empire Chapter of ASCE was having a presentation on ADA issues and the public right of way during their meeting on Wednesday March 9th. He also announced that the April REACO meeting will have a speaker from Hardy Frames and the May meeting will have a presentation on the 2002 NEC.

Guy Bachelis (Independent Inspector) mentioned that he was going to have major surgery on his back / neck. We wished him well and a speedy / complete recovery.

6. Legislative News

Sal Lucido mentioned that there is proposed legislation that would eliminate the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

7. Code Issues

Steve Buffenbarger (City of Sausalito) asked if a commercial project is replacing a site retaining wall and remodeling the building, "does the valuation of the retaining wall replacement work get included in the valuation for accessibility compliance? (Per CBC Chapter 1134B). The consensus was that the retaining wall valuation should be excluded (most suggested that the applicant should submit the retaining wall work as a separate building permit application.)

8. Old Business

Joe Willer (City of American Canyon) asked about a presentation from the Contractors State License Board. His understanding was that Daryl Phillips was going to try and arrange a presentation. Is it still proposed for a future meeting?

9. Program

None. There will be a presentation from Hardy Frame at the April meeting.

10. New Business

Guy Bachelis asked about the paid / non-paid REACO member and notification process. Should we stop sending notifications to the non-paid group? Consensus was that we would continue to send the e-mail notices out to non-members but also remind them to join REACO. Consensus was to have a future agenda item about providing incentives for REACO membership or other methods to increase the number of people who have paid for REACO membership.

11. Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 1:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted by Michael Enright