REDWOOD EMPIRE ASSOCIATION
Minutes of the Meeting of Tuesday -
December 7, 2004
1. Call to order
President Bill Schulze (County of Placer), called the meeting to order at
12:02 P.M. at the Petaluma Cattlemens.
2. Self Introductions
President Schulze welcomed 31 attendees and
called for self-introductions.
3. Approval of Minutes
Minutes for the November 2, 2004, meeting were
posted at the web site www.reaco.org and e-mailed.
M/S/Passed to accept the minutes as posted.
4. Officers and Committee Reports
Mike Enright (City of Santa Rosa) reported that the balance of the checking
account was $7,149.86 and the balance of the CD was $11,563.84. It was noted
that there is approximately $600 in outstanding obligations that are not
included in the numbers presented.
c. Vice President
e. Executive Committee
f. Education Committee
Ed Henry, County of Marin, announced that the class on accessibility standards
would not be held in January. Ed suggested that the Chapter consider sponsoring
the class in March or April.
g. Code Coordination Committee
h. ICC Liaison
Report provided during the program.
i. CALBO Liaison
It was noted that the CALBO Annual Business Meeting will be held in Yosemite in
Daryl Phillips, The
Phillips Group, announced that the 2005 meeting locations are pending.
Noted that a
vacancy has been created with the relocation of Dave Martinez. Members
serving on the committee should contact Vice President Phillips.
5. Correspondence and Announcements
Mike Enright reported that a letter from a consulting firm identified the new
interim State Architect as Richard Conrad.
Energy standards effective October 1, 2005, will require duct testing for heater
A letter was sent on behalf of the Chapter endorsing Steve Jensen for a position
on the Building Standards Commission.
6. Legislative News
President Schulze reported that the Building
Standards Division of HCD has an ADA checklist for R-3 occupancies. This may be
a topic that the Chapter will want to follow in the future.
Legislation is being introduced that may affect public employee retirement
7. Code Issues
Joe Willer, City of American Canyon, asked about requirements for electrical
panels that are missing the dead front panel and where replacements are hard to
obtain. Various opinions were offered about the need to meet the listing versus
the need to have a practical solution.
Peter Bruck, City of Rohnert Park, discussed the requirements for tactile exit
signs in commercial buildings. There is a difference between the California
standard and the federal standard for Braille.
DeWayne Starnes, County of Sonoma, inquired about interpreting the tread width
requirements for winding staircases. It was the consensus of the group that the
minimum width in the center is nine inches. The staircase must have consistent
dimensions or enter a landing if there is a change.
8. Old Business
Election of 2005 Officers
The slate recommended by the nominating committee was reviewed:
President Daryl Phillips, The Phillips Group
Vice President Doug Williams, Rincon Valley Fire
Secretary Mike Enright, City of Santa Rosa
Treasurer DeWayne Starnes, County of Sonoma
M(Ron Averiette)/S(Steve Jensen)/Passed to approve recommended slate.
John Henry, International Code Council presided over the installation of the
2005 officers and presented an update on the ICC and the State of California.
All officers of the new board took the oath of office as administered.
The program started with an overview of the ICC. The headquarters offices of the
three former code groups are now district offices of the ICC. Most of the old
phone numbers are still valid for the new organization.
An overview of the code cycle was presented. Instead of annual updates, the code
hearings will be 18 months apart.
Mr. Henry further reported that since the California Building Code is still
based on the 1997 edition of the UBC, the Building Standards Commission had
updated the structural standards and that those standards are available on the
web site www.bsc.ca.gov. Local jurisdictions would need to adopt the regulations
locally if they are to apply to buildings regulated by local jurisdictions.
Information was provided about certification under the legacy codes. Questions
can be referred to the Los Angeles office at (800) 423-6587 ext 3419.
An overview of the code adoption process in California was presented and a
background on the political decisions that have been made in the past and the
decisions that will need to be made in the future. It was noted that the
Building Standards Commission had made a recommendation in July 2003, but an
actual adoption has not been made at this point in time. The amendment process
is on hold due to copyright questions that have arisen. It is anticipated that
the Building Standards Commission will take additional action on the codes in
Several items related to the code for residential structures were discussed. It
was noted that the Building Standards Commission had recommended approval of the
IRC in July 2003.
It was also noted that the Evaluation Service for ICC is in Whittier and is a
continuation from the legacy organization. The office is still noted for its
Outgoing President Schulze thanked the Chapter for
the support during 2004. He noted that the Chapter is progressing well and
encouraged everyone to have a successful year in 2005. Outgoing President
Schulze presented Incoming President Phillips with a gavel.
Incoming President Phillips expressed his desire to continue the momentum that
is occurring in the Chapter. Special recognition was given to Larry Jones for
his faithful attention to the Chapterís web site.
Mike Enright noted that various positions are open in the City of Santa Rosa.
Steve Jensen announced that he had accepted the position of Chief Building
Official with the City of Napa effective on January 14, 2005, and would be
leaving his position as Chief Building Official for the County of Marin.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:02 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Doug Williams