REDWOOD EMPIRE ASSOCIATION
Minutes of the Meeting of Tuesday -
June 1, 2004
1. Call to order
Bill Schulze (Placer County), called the meeting to order at 12:10 P.M. at
Josef’s of Santa Rosa
2. Self Introductions
President Schulze welcomed 19 attendees and
called for self-introductions.
3. Approval of Minutes
Minutes for the April 6, 2004, meeting were posted
at the website (www.reaco.org) and e-mailed.
M(Daryl Phillips)/S(Ed Henry)/Passed to accept the minutes as distributed by
4. Officers and Committee Reports
Mike Enright (City of Santa Rosa) reported that the balance of the checking
account was $10,226.03 and the balance of the CD was $11,500.00.
c. Vice President
President Schulze welcomed Cindy Heitzman and Lee Braun and announced that they
would both be recognized during the program.
e. Executive Committee
f. Education Committee
g. Code Coordination Committee
h. ICC Liaison
i. CALBO Liaison
Dave Martinez reported on DSA accessibility changes that are due to be released
in the near future. Concern was expressed about the potential low threshold for
triggering the requirements. Members were directed to the DSA web site for
Vice President Phillips
presented the following schedule:
August 3 Osake Japanese
Restaurant (Santa Rosa)
September 7 Washoe House
Vice President Phillips presented a request from
the Jewish Community Free Clinic and the fund drive being conducted for a
building in Cotati. Discussion was held concerning the details of the request
and it was noted that the clinic would serve those in need regardless of
M(Daryl Phillips)/S(Guy Bachelis)/Passed to donate $500.00 to the Building Fund
of the Jewish Community Free Clinic of Sonoma County.
5. Correspondence and Announcements
6. Legislative News
Steve Jensen reported that there has been a discussion about whether codes for
the urban-wildland interface should be more prescriptive or more
performance-based. Ultimately the proposed standards will be submitted to the
Building Standards Commission. Ted Thorhaug inquired about the status of Class
“A” wood shingles. Steve noted that the rating generally applies to the entire
roof assembly and could include wood components.
7. Code Issues
Ted Thorhaug advised that he had verified that it is inaccurate not to use the
omega factor when calculating the working stress for overturning in rigid or
brace (steel) frames. Ted has information available at MKM.
Mike Enright reported that the work of an engineer that has been placed on
probation by the State Board requires a co-signer.
Steve Buffenbarger presented a question about the trigger points for
accessibility requirements for a commercial kitchen sink improvement. The
consensus of the group was that there are exemptions if the work is limited to
plumbing and mechanical items.
8. Old Business
Dave Martinez distributed some proposed letterhead designs. Sal Lucido noted
that he had a contact who would be willing to do some pro bono work on the
initial design with the Chapter bearing the cost of any modifications. President
Schulze asked Sal to follow-up with the offer and report back to the appropriate
representatives in the Chapter.
Daryl Phillips provided a report on the annual meeting of the County Building
Officials Association of California. The Hospitality Suite was good, but
unfortunately most Chapter members were unable to attend due to the timing.
Sal Lucido reported that Jerry Parks of the Western Wood Preservative Institute
would be providing the program at the next meeting (7/13/04) on new wood
President Schulze reintroduced Cindy Heitzman and Lee Braun to recognize
their many contributions to the Chapter over the years.
Cindy was presented with a plaque for her role “in putting us back together.”
Her work in establishing a facilitated meeting to discuss the future of the
Chapter was highlighted. Cindy described her new position as Executive Director
of the California Preservation Foundation. She also expressed her desire to
remain involved in the Chapter.
Lee was presented with a plaque for his tireless activity at the state and local
level pertaining to code development. Lee was also recognized for always being
willing to help a colleague in the building or fire code arenas. Lee reported
that he is currently a code consultant to the legal community.
Dave Martinez announced that the City of Santa Rosa
was in the process of recruiting five positions, including two building
Mike Enright noted that the County of Sonoma would be recruiting for the new
position of Building Manager.
John Zanzi reported that Todd Cunningham would become the full-time Building
Official for the City of Cotati on July 1, 2004. Consequently, the City of
Sebastopol plans to test for a Deputy Building Official in the near future.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Doug Williams