REDWOOD EMPIRE CHAPTER
CONFERENCE OF BUILDING OFFICIALS
Minutes of the Meeting of
Wednesday April 3, 2002
1. Call to order
Chris Warrick, County of Mendocino called the meeting was called to order at
12:12 P.M. at Cattleman's Restaurant in Santa Rosa.
2. Self Introductions
Pres. Warrick welcomed 17
members and guest speaker and environmental attorney Paul Hagan.
Mr. Hagan represents and assists district attorneys all over the entire state of
California in preparation and prosecution of environmental cases.
3. Approval of Minutes
Corrections were made to
the minutes. Once again the minutes were emailed to the members and posted to
our web site. The web site address is (www.reicbo.org).
M/s/Passed to accept the
minutes as distributed.
Vice Pres. Fagalde
introduced Paul Hagan. He is a Deputy District Attorney and Circuit Prosecutor
for the California State District Attorneys Association and as an environmental
attorney assists district attorneys through out the state and also prosecutes
cases for qualifying jurisdictions. Sonoma and Marin do not qualify for Mr.
Hagan's services and each of these counties have their own prosecuting
environmental district attorney. Mr. Hagan then spoke for a time on his job
responsibilities, procedures, processes and how he accomplishes these tasks. He
informed us of the various types of violations, such as, hazardous material
spills and dumping, pollution of air and water, habitat destruction as well as
code violations. Mr. Hagan gave us a lot to remember in just a few minutes.
There are only 80 environmental prosecutors in the entire state so Mr. Hagan
keeps very busy. He also gave us a telephone number to call if we need to
contact him for additional information or assistance. He requested the telephone
number he gave us not be given to the general public as it is his direct office
line. If any of you need the number I have it at my office. You can find all my
information on the web page.
5. Officers and Committee Reports
Tres. Willer was absent so V. P. Fagalde gave the balances. The checking account
balance is $1741.63, the business account is $2696.22, the education fund is
$3637.99 and the CD is $11,155.92. A bill was presented for services by Mail
Boxes Etc. After a brief discussion on the status of the bill, it was decided
that the bill was a standard operating cost type bill and does not need a motion
to pay it.
The secretary thanked all of the members for using the web site and for allowing
the minutes to be emailed. Nothing further to report.
c. Vice President
Vice President Mary Jane Fagalde has a member asked a member of the Regional
Water Quality Control Board to speak for the June Meeting. Bill Shulze, City of
Windsor, volunteered to assist V.P. Fagalde in procuring the RWQCB speaker.
President Warrick has nothing to report.
e. Executive Committee
Nothing to report.
f. Education Committee
Ed Henry, County of Marin reported that there are no educational programs
scheduled. He reported on a program presented by the state regarding disaster
response processes and programs to obtain a fair share of the disaster funds set
aside for this type of event. If you have any requests for information and
education let me know. The representative from the NFPA had said previously that
he would set up cost free training for any jurisdiction adopting the NFPA
building and electrical codes. We are currently researching this possibility.
g. Code Development Committee
Don Morton reported that the committee did meet and the committee is
requesting that the local jurisdiction compile a list of their amendments to the
code so the committee can develop a matrix for the purpose of making
recommendations for code changes.
h. ICBO Committee
Nothing to Report.
i. CALBO Liaison
Steve Jensen, County of Marin, reported that at the CALBO annual business
meeting March 11-15, the conference elected Tony Elmo President for the coming
year. He also reported that there will be a change for the ATC-20 training. For
the first annual Fire Prevention Officer of the year CALBO elected Redwood
Empire Chapter's own Doug Williams.
6. Correspondence and Announcements
7. Legislative News
Steve Jensen, County of Marin, reported that William Shock proposed an amendment
to allow cities and counties to propose amendments to change the California
State Building Standards Code. Any proposal shall meet a nine point criteria for
consideration and information shall be provided in support of the change.
8. Nominating Committee
Nothing to report.
9. Old Business
10. New Business
Dave Martinez, City of Santa Rosa, brought up the annual business and code
change meeting of the National Fire Protection Association and the fact that he
will be attending as a regular member. He made an application for a grant to
assist him in covering the cost of attending the meeting. As a regular member of
the NFPA 5000 committee, he would be inside the ropes on the meetings,
discussions, decisions and the voting process. After a lengthy discussion it was
decided that the information gathered by Mr. Martinez on the code process would
be invaluable to the Redwood Chapter. M/s/Passed to permit the grant and allow
the secretary to write a check to Dave Martinez from the education fund in the
amount of $600.00 to help defray the cost of the code change conference.
11. Code Issues
When the state set the effective date of the new code adoption at November
1, 2002 they inadvertently referenced the mechanical and plumbing codes, which
are yet to be adopted. Therefore the effective date was illegal, as they cannot
make codes effective that have yet to be adopted. Mr. Martinez reported that the
building code, electrical code and the fire code will be effective on November
1, 2002. The plumbing and mechanical codes are uncertain as to the effective
dates. The two items seeming to hold up the adoption process at this time appear
to be corrugated stainless steel tubing and polyethylene cross linked tubing. Ed
Henry, County of Marin, brought up the correspondence from Santa Barbara's Chief
Building Official. He wanted our jurisdictions to answer a few questions
concerning the application of technical codes and minimum housing and building
codes to moved structures. The State of California Building Codes, Title 24 and
25, prohibit the application of housing or technical codes to structures moved
into or within a county. The only exception is an obvious hazard to life or
Dave Martinez, City of Santa Rosa, brought up the question of whether or not a
recreation room in a mobile home park under state jurisdiction is the
responsibility of the local jurisdiction because it is built in place and the
state only takes responsibility for the mobile and modular units. His main
question is "Does the ADA and the Title 24 Accessibility Standards apply to the
recreation building as it is not open to the public but for park resident use
only?". There were varying opinions as to occupancy and responsibility, but, the
consensus seemed to indicate that the structure and its use is the
responsibility of the local jurisdiction. The park's attorney wrote to the state
and received an opinion that the local jurisdiction does not have responsibility
as the use is only for the residents, no public is permitted to use the building
and therefore the responsibility of the state. Mr. Martinez said that he agreed
with the consensus but could not find a code section giving the local
jurisdiction responsibility. He asked if anyone could provide him with a code
M/s/Passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:42 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Ed Henry