SOUTHERN OREGON CHAPTER INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL
MINUTES Annual Business Meeting August 23, 2013 / 5-9 P.M. Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland, OR
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
John Stromberg, Ashland City Mayor, gave a brief overview of his career and shared the reasons for his fondness of the City of Ashland.
Dave Morris from Dutch Bros. gave a presentation on improving customer service. He stressed that creating a culture of positive mentoring of employees leads to great customer service. Dave showed a short video of the company’s achievements and community involvement. There were testimonials of how the company owner, franchisees, and employees care more about people than ‘the bottom line.’
CALL TO ORDER
Chapter President, Charles Chase, called the meeting to order at 7:43 P.M.
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Charles Chase, Ted Zuk, Nannette Chase, Michael Grubbs, Tom Phillips, Chris Reising, Lauralee Snook, Dave Bassett, Audra Wonsyld, Lynda Wolf, Margueritte Hickman, Michelle Stevens, and Robert Rice. *7 guests attended.
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Michael Grubbs made a motion to approve the July minutes as presented and Chris Reising seconded the motion. Motion carried.
IV. REPORTS FROM OFFICERS
Operating Report - Ted Zuk read the July 2013 operating report. He stated the Intertek PV training held on July 25th had 20 attendees and the net profit was $406.
V. NEW BUSINESS
OBOA Update – Robert Rice stated that the OBOA has spent this last year dealing with management firm issues. The previous firm did not work out and they hired a new management firm in July. This firm will better represent the voice of the OBOA. Robert then spoke about the OBOA committees that could use member participation. The OBOA has been tackling various projects by assigning task force teams to get them completed. Robert spoke about Senate Bill 582 which is geared to rural areas. The thought process is that a lot of things in the code are not applicable to rural areas. The Code Committee is working on rural issues such as pole barns. Robert also stated that the OBOA website has a new look. He stated that the last two years have been rough for everyone but we need to move on and get excited about where we go from here.
BCD Update – Tom Phillips stated that things are moving fast and the old ways are falling to the wayside. He has spent 24 years in the industry and is serious about providing great customer service. He spoke about implementing some of his ideas while in the Salem Building Department and is trying to bring new ideas to the BCD. His role is to be an advocate and ‘go between’ for the local building departments. Tom then spoke about House Bill 2968 which allows BCD to provide training instructors for the local building departments. New employees can be sent to training with BCD and new building officials will go through training with BCD as well. Tom went over why the customer choice was removed from the bill and dispelled rumors that the BCD wanted to replace the local building departments. He said House Bill 2131 already states that all public buildings go through the BCD. Tom went over the history of the controversy on these issues. He spoke about Mark Long wanting the focus to be ‘hands on training’. Tom said that BCD needs to hear member’s input and concerns and stated that ‘things are going to change but building officials will be supported more now.’ Robert Rice mentioned that members need to be involved as legislation is a little gray and needs the local departments to help shape the direction. Tom stated that there may be a possibility of an advisory group that will report to Mark. He reminded everyone that Michael Morter is still our liaison.
VI. OPEN DISCUSSION
Michael Grubbs thanked Nannette for taking care of the ABM event details. He also thanked Ted for all his hard work handling the registration and other financial duties for the event.
Charlie stated he was happy to see the Fire Service represented by Margueritte Hickman and Michelle Stevens at tonight’s event.
VII NEXT MEETING
September 27, 2013 / 12 P.M. / Black Bear Diner, Grants Pass, OR
Education Presentation by: Dave Gilroy, Simpson Strong Ties