REDWOOD EMPIRE ASSOCIATION
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
4. Officers and Committee Reports
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
c. Vice President
e. Executive Committee
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
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.
Vice President Phillips
presented the following schedule:
September 7 – Washoe House Josef’s, Santa Rosa (updated 9/1/04)
October 12 – Brutocao, Hopland
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
6. Legislative News
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
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.
Steve Duddles of Simpson Strong-Tie reported on a
new large screw-in bolt for concrete. The web site www.simpsonanchors.com
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
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.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Doug Williams