REDWOOD EMPIRE ASSOCIATION
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 www.reaco.org and e-mailed. M/S/Passed to accept the
minutes as posted..
4. Officers and Committee Reports
DeWayne Starnes (County of Sonoma) – Reported the balances for the checking
account as $7,102.03 and for the CD as $11,608.19.
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.
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
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
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.
No report. (The next
meeting will be at Marin Joe's in Corte Madera).
5. Correspondence and Announcements
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
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
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
None. There will be a presentation from Hardy Frame at the April meeting.
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.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:40 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Michael Enright