REDWOOD EMPIRE CHAPTER
CONFERENCE OF BUILDING OFFICIALS
Minutes of the Meeting of
Wednesday September 4, 2002
1. Call to order
Chris Warrick, County of Mendocino called the meeting was called to order at
12:05 P.M. at The Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Center.
2. Self Introductions
Pres. Warrick welcomed 15
members and called for self-introductions.
3. Approval of Minutes
Don Morton point out that
the Code Development Committee was working on a survey for standardizing minimum
requirements for the amendments to the California model codes and not the
amendments proper. (www.reicbo.org).
M/s/Passed to accept the minutes as distributed.
The program this meeting
was the discussion of the various ways to increase the meeting attendance and
program interest. Here is a not too brief synopsis of the discussion.
1. Meeting: It was suggested that the meeting be held in different locations
each month. Hold alternate month meeting in the north and south areas
respectively. Some in the Petaluma area others in the Santa Rosa area and twice
a year hold a meeting in a more remote area such as Clear Lake or Mendocino. We
will carry on at the Quail Inn for the remainder of the year, when, we elect new
officers. The new officers and the newly created committees will bring
suggestions to the board for programs, educational events and meeting places for
the coming year. It was also suggested that the code discussion and problem
solving portion of the meeting be moved to the front end of the meeting so the
members can bring a problem to the meeting, gain a solution and still be able to
leave and get back to his or her office. We also discussed changing the time and
day of the meeting. For the program portion of the next meeting all of these
item will be discussed again.
2. Education and Programs: It was suggested that we use our own resources for
our educational programs. Our own Architects, Engineers, Building Inspectors and
Contractors can put together a twenty-minute program for our group. It was also
suggested that we are trying to do too much each meeting and that the business
meeting with a code discussion be separated from the educational programs we put
on. The group can get together for a lunch, get the business of the organization
done and discuss code requirements, problems and solutions. At a separate time
every so often (tri-monthly, bi-monthly or monthly) put a full-day or half-day
seminar together on a subject in which we are all interested.
3. Bylaws: A lengthy discussion ensued concerning the changes in the bylaws and
the voting rights of the members. The possibility of other than a government
employee holding office in the organization was discussed and the organization
did not feel threatened by that possibility. All of the changes in name, chapter
references and classification of membership was discussed and the changes will
be made and ready for distribution by the next meeting. A copy of the bylaws
will be sent out to all of the class A members and they will be asked to vote
either by proxy on the email or by personal appearance to substantially change
the composition of the organization. Most of the attending members of this
meeting feel that the change of bylaws can only be for the better. Please
remember to get your vote in on the bylaw changes, because we need two-thirds of
the A members to approve a bylaw change.
4. Name Change: We had a number of suggestions for a name change, some
printable, some not. Some very good acronyms were presented and some not so hot.
So we decided to hold a contest to pick our new name. Suggestions are requested.
Please send your name change suggestions to Ed Henry.
firstname.lastname@example.org. The names will be
presented to the members of the organization and they will vote to pick a
winner. The winner will be awarded a free lunch meeting of our organization to
be used at his or her discretion and a certificate of achievement for suggesting
the most popular name. So put on your thinking cap and come up with something
5. Officers and Committee Reports
Tres.Willer, City of American Canyon, gave the balances as follows; the checking
account balance is $2665.34, the business account is $2797.52, the education
fund is $3040.16 and the CD is $11,155.92.
The secretary had nothing to report but was directed by the group to book the
Quail Inn for the next three meetings to take us up through December. He was
also directed to send out the bylaw changes with the minutes so the class
members could review and vote by email on the changes or in person at the next
meeting. Please remember to get your vote in on the bylaw changes, because we
need two-thirds of the A members to approve a bylaw change.
c. Vice President
The vice presidents seat is open and the secretary is temporarily assuming the
President Warrick has nothing to report.
e. Executive Committee
Nothing to report.
f. Education Committee
Ed Henry due to the amount of extracurricular work he is involved in has
surrendered his chairmanship of the Education Committee to Cindy Heitzman, City
of Saint Helena. Daryl Phillips, Ed Henry, Larry Jones and Marty Price are also
members of the education committee. The education committee will meet within the
next couple of months and bring back suggestions for seminars and training
The free electrical and NFPA 5000 education seminars promised by the NEC if
those two codes are adopted, have to be requested by the State of California due
to their adoption of the NEC. The state indicated that there was no money to
sponsor the seminars so CALBO was approached to work with the state and request
the seminars to be provided. CALBO and the State of California will
co-sponsor the seminars.
g. Code Development Committee
Don Morton reported that the minutes contained an error and the committee
was in fact working on a survey of amendments adopted by various jurisdictions
and trying to establish a minimum number of requirements acceptable to all of
the jurisdictions for adopting amendments to the state model codes.
h. ICBO Committee
Nothing to report.
i. CALBO Liaison
Dave Martinez, City of Santa Rosa, reported that CALBO will have a board meeting
next week in Anaheim. CALBO fire committee met last week and the meeting was
very productive. The NFPA 5000 will be available for purchase the last week in
August or the first two weeks in September. The fire sprinkler requirement, for
single-family dwellings, has been removed from the NFPA 5000. The meeting
sparked CALBO board to meet and discuss the possibility of supporting one common
j. Location Committee
The location committee will meet and propose a few different locations, times
and types of meeting to the chapter for review and selection for the coming
6. Correspondence and Announcements
The Northern California Fire Prevention Officer's meeting is in Petaluma this
month on the 23 of September at 9.30 a.m. at the Lucchesi Center located on
North McDowell opposite the K-Mart/Plaza Shopping Center. If interested either
contact Doug Williams or the Nor-Cal Fire Prevention Officer web site link
listed on the REICBO link page (www.reicbo.org).
7. Old Business
The location and price of our luncheons was discussed and will remain constant
at lease for the next three months. The locations committee will suggest
alternative locations and times within the next three months and the final
decision will be made after the new officers take their positions.
8. New Business
Larry Jones asked if anyone would be interested in seeing posting of interest on
the web page. The group was positive about items such as meetings of educational
benefit, interesting projects within the chapter's borders, local legislation
and other interesting topics concerning the building industry.
9. Legislative News
Nothing to report.
10. Code Issues
A new bill is being considered to put the responsibility of inspecting for
lead based paint on the building inspection division. Joe Willer asked if any
other jurisdictions allowed automatic pool covers in lieu of protective fencing.
Some of the jurisdictions did in fact allow the pool covers so long as they were
substantially constructed. The substitution was to be reviewed on a case-by-case
basis. Joe also asked if a jurisdiction should verify the license and worker's
compensation insurance for each permit, the consensus was yes. There was a
spirited discussion on the legality of redlining plans when an architect or
engineer, is involved in the design, and, wet stamps and wet signs the drawings.
11. Election of Officers
The secretary for the remainder of the year will fill the Vice President's
position. Tom Carlton from Lakeport has volunteered to be nominated for an
office next year.
M/s/Passed to adjourn the meeting at 2:41 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Ed Henry