Meeting on March 14, 2013

Linn County Public Service Building, Cedar Rapids, IA

Roll Call:

The meeting was called to order at 9:03 AM with a welcome from President Brita Van Horne. Roll Call was read indicating four board members present and 21 members and guests signing in.

Approval of Jan Minutes:

Moved by Dennis Jordison and seconded by Steve Richardson to approve the January Minutes including amending the title from 2012 to 2013. Motion passed unanimously.


Brita stated Communications have been distributed by email.

Treasures Report:

Treasure Mike Pardekooper reports on January 10th we had a balance of $34,352.30, deposits were $2,931.20, and expenditures were $2,800.71, with a resulting balance of $34,482.79. Chapter shirts are an expected expense to still be received. Moved by Dennis Jordison and seconded by Steve Richardson to approve the Treasures Report as read.  Motion passed unanimously.

State Building Code:

Brian Bishop mentioned on April 11th there will be a proclamation signing of building safety month by Governor Brandstad in Governor’s  Office.  

Legislation - There are a lot of bills regarding building regulations and licensing.  HS 259 & 542 removes much authority away from electrical board and gives to State Fire Marshall’s Office. Also has some content regarding effect of local adoption of Electrical Code. SF 366 & SF 49 deals with radon controls in residential construction, was introduced last year and there is support for IRC Appendix wording.  SF 281 now SF 381 involves window safety and the bill only deals with MF window guards for state funded units and hotels.

The State is progressing with the 2012 Codes and starting to develop process this spring with a six month review time ending with a 1/1/2014 effective date. Discussions will be in April, then will get an Intent of Action filed. Governor must also have approval. There were discussions if a City could adopt more stringent version of NEC code. Brian had no real feel where the bill is heading. Steve Richards mentioned to contact Bill Dotzler of Waterloo to keep eye on it.

Iowa Department of Public Health:

Ken Sharp with IDPH spoke about SSB 1190 & HSB 189 regarding section 7 and the adoption of most current UPC and IMC. Now it is SF427 with amendments. Discussed the licensing provisions, board has until July 2014 to get in place and get the contractor licensing going. By then will roll out a common renewal date for all holders and also pursuing the Contractor Registration as be part of the application.  There was much discussion regarding the state wide legislation adoption of the UPC and IMC and how it affects the local communities. Senator Daniels is running the bill and then it will go to the House and has strong support as drafted. There was much discussion regarding if a printed published code can be automatically adopted without previous review and bypassing any home rule.  Question was how can a law be written which vendor must be used for an adopted code.  Comment: Can a new code truly be reviewed and get plan reviewers and inspectors up speed within six months of publication. Point was made to put together talking points sheet regarding the local aspect of adoption.  Everyone was emailed the link to their legislators so make contact with them if you have issues with the bills. Jeff Junker stated it’s a rash decision to adopt a code carte blanche without knowing or reviewing what is in the book first.  Brian Bishop stated the 2012 Energy code is also being considered as part of the Codes adopted for the Jan 1 2014 adoption.  Ken Sharp mentioned the group must talk with legislators in the next few days, not weeks, if we want to make a point.  Also, the Plumbing Board is in the process of developing a Notice Of Action for adoption for the 2012 UPC.

Education Committee:

Dave Churchill: Very few requested the ICC Electrical training and schedule is at least 60 days out. There were 15 requesting the CEC test group, but need 20 and that schedule is at least 90 days out. Two members had requested the IAEI training.

Eastern Iowa report

 Ron Hoover anticipates some UL training that covers Chapter 7 for fire resistive construction. An email will be sent out to the members.

Scholarship Committee: No report

Program Committee:

Roger stated next chapter Meeting to be in Winterset and Griptight will give presentation with possible tour.

Guest Speaker: was not present

Region III Report:

Jeff Junker and Jeff Haden and Dave Churchill are stepping aside. Adam Fedders and Brita Van Horne have filled two spots with Adam as 2nd vice president.  Region III is a five state region and has one major event each year in February.  Steve Richardson volunteered for third open position and will get letter of support from his Employer.

ICC Report:

Bob Neal brought up CDP Access and how to access the hearings via computer and with the 2018 code cycle we will be able to vote from home during 2015. A beta version will be with 2014 IGCC. Several steps and developments will be required and were discussed. Remember May is Building safety month. Ron brought up ICC has several Committees that have openings and any member can fill out an application. Code Hearings are in late April in Dallas Texas with final Action hearings in Atlantic City, NJ. Iowa has submitted along with two other states to host the ABM in 2017. Pay it forward money from IABO to Region III then goes to the hosting chapter of ABM.

Eastern Iowa: No report

Central Iowa: No report

Draft travel policy: Was discussed for clarification.

Chapter Pins for Atlantic City:

Ron Hoover lead discussion. We have had pins before, some being multi part series pins that assembled to shape of Iowa. It would be apx. $600.00 per state for 500 chips per state of the Region. Might be more if just Iowa were to setup. Moved by David Churchill and seconded by Steve Richardson to allow up to $750.00 for chips either with the Region or by Iowa Chapter alone. Motion passed.

 IABO Web Site:

Ron Hoover states Website is back online. The domain name was not renewed and was lost for a while. Mike Pardekooper discussed some options that were looked at by him and Cody. That system had approximately $1,500.00 in setup cost. Also we could add event manager for educational or training and membership management for membership lists.  There also was approximately $75.00 every other month maintenance and $5 or $10 per month for hosting.  Existing web site can work, we just need editing software to have access and editing rights. We will try this process for a period and see how that works.

UL bus trip to Chicago:

It had low interest and is on hold for now.


Next year EduCode in Las Vegas will be March 14, 2014.


Motion was made by Dennis Jordison and seconded by David Churchill to adjourn. All those standing were in favor. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned 11:20am.

The membership then toured the Cedar Rapids Convention Center.

Minutes respectfully prepared by Roger Schemmel, IABO Secretary


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