REDWOOD EMPIRE CHAPTER
CONFERENCE OF BUILDING OFFICIALS
Minutes of the Meeting of
Wednesday December 4, 2002
1. Call to order
Chris Warrick, County of Mendocino, called the meeting to order at 12:17 P.M. at
The Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Center.
2. Self Introductions
Pres. Warrick welcomed 18
members and called for self-introductions.
3. Approval of Minutes
Ed Henry stated that he
had made the corrections that were e-mailed to him prior to the meeting.
Additional corrections were proposed at the meeting. For a copy of the corrected
minutes go to the website at (www.reicbo.org).
M/s/Passed to accept the
minutes as corrected.
The program was moved to
the end of the business meeting due to need to conduct the election of officers.
5. Officers and Committee Reports
Tres.Willer, City of American Canyon, reported the balances as of the November
meeting and later submitted the current balances to the secretary. Current
statements area as follows: the checking account balance is $2,440.69; the money
market account is $2,663.75; the education fund is $3042.16; and the CD is
Nothing to Report
c. Vice President
Nothing to Report
Nothing to Report
e. Executive Committee
Has not met, but will set an executive meeting for the transition.
f. Education Committee
The committee members present were Ed Henry, Cindy Heitzman, Daryl Phillips, and
Larry Jones .
Daryl reported that we have confirmed dates for February and March for the 2001
California Building Code updates. Arranged through ICBO, each seminar will be a
one-day program and be presented on two consecutive days so that larger offices
will not have to deplete their department of all staff for the training. The
seminars are scheduled as follows:
Non-structural, presented by Ken Larsen, will be held February 13th and 14th;
Structural, presented by Jerry Neville, will be March 20th and 21st.
Daryl Phillips reported on current site and price negotiations with the Vineyard
Creek Hotel. Other locations that may be able to accommodate with better prices
are also being considered.
Ed reported that arrangements have been made with CALBO and Dave Martinez for an
ATC-20 course to be presented in the Dohn Room at the Steel Lane Community
Center on January 30th. The room can accommodate one-hundred participants. Dave
stated the City of Santa Rosa will provide the room, set-up, and morning coffee
and tea, opening the room at 7:30 a.m. Coastland will sponsor the lunches. Daryl
said the Philips group will find a sponsor for the breaks. Ed will arrange for
flyers to be prepared for sending or e-mailing to members, other Chapters and
Ed and Cindy are working to set up an NEC update seminar to be scheduled for
April or May. This program may be facilitated by NFPA in cooperation with CALBO,
on behalf of the State. There may be a ten dollar per person charge. Details are
being worked out for dates, loci, number of seminars, etc.
Cindy reported that Pat Barnes has volunteered for the Education Committee.
g. Code Development Committee
Nothing to Report
h. CALBO Report
Dave Martinez attended the Building Standards Commission meeting on 12/3 in
Sacramento. L.A. Basin and Peninsula Chapters are proposing 31 code amendments
related to seismic issues. BSC wants to set up a committee made up of CALBO, AIA,
SEAOC, SFM, OSHPD, DSA, & HCD representatives to review & report back in
February or March, 2003. Most of these changes will probably go forward to
adoption within the next six months. SFM pulled his amendments and will bring
back next year. The Coordinating Council was directed to compare Building Codes,
NFPA 5000 v. IBC, and to make a recommendation (choice) in June of 2003. After a
mandatory year for working on changes (June '04), and a year for noticing (June
'05), and time for publishing, ideally we can have a Building Code ready for
adoption in June 2006. That would be the 2004 Codes. They are asking for
committee volunteers from these same organizations (above) to help make the
initial reviews of NFPA 5000 and IBC. The issue of the Code being two cycles out
of date relates to the need for the above mentioned seismic amendments and the
possibility that FEMA may feel that our antiquated Code precludes their
responsibility to cover losses in the event of disaster.
j. Location Committee
No report given. PLEASE NOTE: Meetings will be held on first TUESDAYS.
The January meeting on Tuesday, January 7th, will be held at the Vineyard Creek
Hotel in Santa Rosa, at the corner of 3rd and Old Redwood Highway. We have a
private room and the Phillips Group is picking up the luncheon cost.
The February meeting will be held Tuesday, February 4th, at Lund's Café in
Petaluma at 1096 Petaluma Blvd. North, across the street from the police
Tentatively, the April 1st meeting is scheduled to be held at Rings Restaurant
in the Embassy Suites Hotel at 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael.
6. Correspondence and Announcements
Cindy mentioned a conversation with ABAG earthquake programs coordinator Jeannie
Perkins regarding ABAG sponsorship of homeowner training for seismic
retrofitting. They would present a program in the North Bay if there is enough
7. Old Business
Links to other chapters are available on our website (www.reicbo.org).
8. New Business
9. Legislative News
10. Code Issues
The question of where to require exit signage in department stores prior to
and after installation of display furniture / aisles arose. The issue is
problematic for the safety of customers as well as firefighters.
Wiring of straw bale construction was discussed. NM cable is allowed set into a
groove in the bale, as the interior plaster provides protection. Exterior walls
do not receive a moisture barrier - the wall must breath and drain - however
this is not considered a wet location by most jurisdictions.
Solar PV arrays on rooftops were discussed. The increased load may require
engineering if the weight is substantial. There are also potential design issues
if the panels are raised so that they may be subjected to wind lift. Other
concerns are zoning issues, pole mounting, damage to rafters from lag screws /
fasteners. It is appropriate to request detailed plans. A more hazardous problem
relates to the conductor protection during fire-fighting. Rooftop / panel
emergency power disconnection is problematic as the only disconnect is at the
The conflict over which method to use for calculating failure for out-of-plane
wall connectors, (140% v. 85%). There does not appear to be consistency in the
The new slate of nominees was elected as follows:
Treasurer - Daryl Phillips
Secretary - Tom Carlton
Vice President - Bill Schulz
President - Ed Henry
M/s/Passed to elect all.
Outgoing President Chris Warrick was presented with a plaque. Thanks Chris !
M/s/Passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:55 P.M.