Minutes of the Meeting of Tuesday - August 3, 2004


1. Call to order

President Bill Schulze (County of Placer), called the meeting to order at 12:08 P.M. at Osake Japanese Restaurant in Santa Rosa.

2. Self Introductions

President Schulze welcomed 16 attendees and called for self-introductions.

3. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the previous meeting (7/13/04) were deferred to the following month.

4. Officers and Committee Reports

a. Treasurer

Mike Enright (City of Santa Rosa) reported that the balance of the checking account was $10,556.65 and the balance of the CD was $11,518.82. There are still some unwritten, but authorized checks pending that represent approximately $800 to $1000.

b. Secretary

No report.

c. Vice President

No report.

d. President

No report.

e. Executive Committee

No report.

f. Education Committee

Ed Henry (County of Marin) reported that accessibility standards training is still in the works. Marin’s Disabled Access Coordinator is working on about 22 hours worth of training that will be provided at a low cost.

g. Code Coordination Committee

No report.

h. ICC Liaison

Steve Jensen (County of Marin) reminded the group that the ICC ABM would be in Salt Lake City the last week of September.

i. CALBO Liaison

Dave Martinez (City of Santa Rosa) reported on the three CALBO education weeks to be held in Concord, Fresno, and Ontario. Dave also noted that a topic at the upcoming CALBO/Cal Chiefs Fire Advisory Committee would be to encourage more joint classes with the Fire Prevention Officers. CALBO is also working to have more classes associated with to code enforcement. Steve Jensen announced that the new State Fire Marshal was Ruben Grijalva, Fire Chief of Palo Alto. His first day on the job is scheduled to be August 16, 2004. It was noted that all state agencies have suspended reviews of the NFPA codes. The new NEC was adopted by the Building Standards Commission and should become effective in about a year and a half.

j. Location Committee

Vice President Phillips presented the following schedule:

September 7 – Washoe House Josef’s, Santa Rosa (updated 9/1/04)
October 12 – Brutocao, Hopland


k. Donations Committee

Dave Martinez reported that the committee was recommending that a $500.00 donation be made to the Salvation Army Back to School Program. M(Ed Henry)/S(Joe Willer)/Passed to approve the committee’s recommendation. The committee intends to make a report at the next meeting pertaining to revised guidelines.

5. Correspondence and Announcements

No report.

6. Legislative News

No report.

7. Code Issues

Robert La Rose (City of Petaluma) provided a follow-up report on exit enclosures. Cliff Kendall contacted Jim Hodges and confirmed that nothing combustible is allowed in an exit enclosure and that rated materials are required.

Joe Willer (City of American Canyon) inquired about the use of PEX Pipe. Many jurisdictions are allowing it on a case-by-case basis.

8. Old Business

The sponsorship of one or more board members to attend the ICC ABM in Salt Lake City was brought up for consideration. It was noted that the President would not be able to attend and that another chapter officer could assume the President’s rights with a letter of representation. M(Dave Martinez)/S(Joe Willer)/Passed to authorize up to $2,500.00 to cover the expenses and registration of the Secretary and Treasurer to attend the ICC ABM in Salt Lake City, that one officer be sent with a letter of representation, and that the sponsored members present a report to the Chapter at a future meeting (probably October). It was noted that the Chapter receives one free registration.

Mike Enright inquired about the status of new letterhead. It was the consensus of the group to utilize a temporary logo until one is formally adopted.

9. Program


10. New Business

Steve Duddles of Simpson Strong-Tie reported on a new large screw-in bolt for concrete. The web site contains additional information.

Olga Psomostithis of Simpson Strong-Tie has a free education and training program scheduled for October 19, 2004. It was noted that Simpson Strong-Tie will send a representative to the job site at the request of the inspector if questions arise pertaining to the product.

Potential future programs were discussed. The EPA is interested in presenting a program on lead awareness. It was suggested that an HCD presentation on manufactured homes (non-state jurisdiction) would be of interest.

John Zanzi (City of Sebastopol) announced that Glenn Schainblatt (formerly of the County of Sonoma) would be assuming the position of Deputy Building Official in September.

President Schulze reported on a company from Walnut Creek that originated in Europe that uses AutoCad to design a building with the pieces fabricated directly from input from AutoCad. The prefabricated panels are brought to the job site and it has been reported that a normally three-month job can be completed in one and a half months. Kiln-dried spruce from back east is utilized and costs have been estimated to be 20% lower. Placer County is currently reviewing a project utilizing the system and additional information will be provided to the group in the future as the project progresses.

11. Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Doug Williams