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Friday, January 24, 2014


January 24, 2014 / 12:00 P.M.

Community Justice Building, Medford, OR
  • Chapter President, Charles Chase, called the meeting to order at 12:07 P.M.
  • Members and guests in attendance: Charles Chase, Michael Grubbs, Ted Zuk, Derek Zwagerman, Nannette Chase, Dale Bohannon, Aaron Yuma, Sam Barnum, LauraLee Snook, Todd Brooks, Dennis Richy, Bob Phillips, John Patterson, Brian Murdock, and Mark Stevens.
  • Chris Mellema with Western Wood Preservatives Institute gave a presentation that included wood preservatives, treatments, and processes. Information packets were given to those in attendance and Chris answered questions after the presentation.
  • LauraLee Snook made a motion to approve the October 25, 2013, minutes as presented and Dale Bohannon seconded the motion. Motion carried.
  • Operating Report - Ted Zuk handed out copies of the October, November, and December 2013 operating reports.
  • Membership Ted stated that there are 183 members on the roster; 98 paid dues in 2012, 57 paid dues in 2013, and 48 have paid dues so far for 2014. Ted reminded members in attendance to make sure to pay their 2014 membership dues.
  • Math Counts donation Ted Zuk asked Derek Zwagerman to speak briefly on the program and the reason for the donation request. The local Math Counts competition will take place on February 22, 2014. The funds raised will help send the winners to the Corvallis competition. Ted made a motion to approve the $100 donation request and Dale Bohannan seconded the motion. Motion carried.
  • BCD Interpretation for Electrical Bonding of Gas Ranges Michael Grubbs said that John Powell stated it is not wise to do an electrical bond to the gas connection as it may be a risk. Instead he suggested the required bonding in accordance with NEC 250.104(b) can be accomplished by direct the connection of an appliance to a branch circuit equipment grounding conductor such as a hard wired furnace. This may also include a cord connected appliance such as a gas range. Mark Stevens shared Section C310 of the Mechanical Code regarding pipe and tubing. It states gas piping shall be considered bonded where it is connected to appliances that are connected to the equipment grounding conductor of the circuit supplying that appliance.  Discussion followed about bonding issues and coordination of process with local Building Departments.
  • ICC Annual Chapter Report Michael Grubbs received a letter from ICC informing our Chapter that we earned a choice of 1 training class, 1 E-Web training, or $100 credit towards ICC publications or products.
  • ICC Survey - An email was received stating that ICC will soon send out a survey of interest to members regarding the Permit Technician Tier II advanced level certification. Charlie suggested members make sure to read and participate in the survey if it is of interest to their offices. Members received copies of the ICC email.
  • Education Committee Meeting Charlie stated that the Education Committee is scheduled to meet right after the conclusion of the Chapter meeting.
  • BCD Update Michael Morter was not in attendance so Michael Grubbs gave a brief update. There are a few department head changes and one of them is Rex Turner who is the new Building Chief. Dale Bohannan said that John Powell will be giving an OIC class in Salem on February 28, 2014.
  • OBOA Update Robert Rice was not in attendance so there was no update available.
  • Upcoming Classes/Presentations Michael Grubbs informed the members that a free four hour electrical presentation by Dennis Clements will be held on March 19th. An NFPA 70E training class taught by Dave Hill will be held on February 1st and provided by the City of Medford, the City of Ashland, and SOCICC.
  • Quake EX 2014 Ted talked about attending an emergency management exercise held by the Josephine County Emergency Manager, Jessica Schwarz. The meeting was regarding possibly coordinating efforts between Jackson and Josephine Counties in the case of natural disaster emergencies. Discussion followed regarding lack of Search & Rescue resources, damaged buildings and safety issues, and creating a master list of departments who would be involved. Ted stated he would follow up by email on getting the information for the master list.
  • Dale Bohannan requested that for a few future meetings we do not schedule a presentation but have an hour and a half of open discussion. There are topics that arise from time to time that need to be discussed and sometimes a consensus by members obtained. Charlie said that the suggestion will be incorporated into the meeting schedule.
  • John Patterson brought up the Rural and Remote aspects of the codes. Dale stated that House Bill 2978 has passed. Ted is on the committee and said the focus of the committee is making codes more relaxed.
  • Charlie stated that there will be an Arson Investigation training January 28-31.  It will be held at the Ashland Elks Lodge.
  • Next Meeting:  February 28, 2014 @ Taprock NW Grill, Grants Pass.
  • The President adjourned the meeting at 1:44 P.M.
Minutes by Nannette Chase