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									                                                                                                                             V o l u m e 2 , I ss u e 1 0
                                C i t y o f S t . Jo s e p h , M i s s o u r i
                                                                                                                               N o v e m b e r 20 0 6

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                                                PROPOSED CODE CHANGES
 Proposed Code             1                            By Sam                any current or future development        a.    A copy of the certifying mas-
 Changes                                                   Barber-            within our community.                          ter’s driver’s license or offi-
                                                           Director of
                                                                                 Staff: Staff does not support this          cial photo identification card.
 City Advisory Board       2
                                                           Assistance         change. They agree that the cur-               A properly licensed master
 Calendars                                                                    rent system is not perfect, nor will           electrician is one with a cur-
                                                                              it ever be. Having the board re-               rent master electrician’s li-
 October’s Inspections     2                                                  view the applications adds little              cense from any recognized
                                                                              value to the process other than to             licensing authority or copy of
                                                                              slow it down. Current procedures               the electrical contracting
 October’s Permits         3         The Electrical Standards and Ap-
                                                                                                                             company’s current business
                                     peals Board and Staff are propos-        include consultation with the
                                                                              Board Chairman whenever special                license.
 Purchase Your Code        3         ing the following changes to the
                                     City Electrical Code. We are pre-        circumstances arise which are not        b. A copy of the applicant’s
 Books?                              senting them to the Council Plan-        clearly defined or addressed in the            current driver’s license or
                                     ning & Zoning Committee on               code. This change will slow down               current official photo identi-
 Development Review        4
                                                                              the current process and create a               fication card.
                                     December 7, 2006 at 5 pm, 4th
 Team                                floor conference room, City Hall.        barrier to outside competition. In       A minimum 4000 hours of active
                                     This is a public meeting. I have         their opinion, this will not posi-       employment in the commercial
 Building Development      4
                                     grouped and summarized these             tively affect public’s safety. It will   and industrial field must now be as
 Services                            recommendations under separate           drive up the costs of electrical         a journeyman for the master com-
                                     headings and separately identified       work and could impact possible           mercial license.
 City Web Site             4
                                     the Board’s and Staff’s views for        future development opportunities
                                                                              within our community. If ap-                Board: Board recommends
                                     each recommendation. They are                                                     these revisions. This issue has
                                     not listed in priority or in sequen-     proved, Staff recommends that the
                                                                              Board meet on an as needed basis         been discussed on a number of
                                     tial order.                                                                       occasions and identified as a prior-
                                                                              within 2 weeks of having received
                                                                              an application, but not less than        ity. The Board wants those certi-
                                     1. Board Appearance For Li-                                                       fying a journeyman’s hours of to
                                     censing – This change will require       quarterly. If a quorum is not pre-
                                                                              sent or available, the review and        be executed under a properly pre-
                                     that any applicant for a master                                                   pared affidavit with persecutory
                                                                              evaluation should proceed with
   IMPORTANT NOTICE:                 electrician license appear before
                                                                              those in attendance.                     language in lieu of the current
                                     the electrical board who will ad-                                                 notarized statement. Board sup-
                                     minister a brief test to evaluate                                                 ports Staff’s recommendation to
        Electrical Code              their electrical experience prior to     2. Certification of Hours – This         require that the minimum of 4,000
                                     licensing. It also stipulates that the   change will require that Master          hours in commercial or industrial
       Change Meeting                Board will only meet quarterly.          license applicants include a certifi-    work be as a journeyman for the
    Council Planning & Zoning           Board: The board believes that        cation of experience with a prop-        master commercial license.
       Committee Meeting             the current licensing process            erly executed affidavit from a
   December 7, 2006 at 5 pm,                                                                                              Staff: Staff agrees that the cur-
                                     should assess the applicant’s abili-     properly licensed master electri-        rent program has its faults, and is
   4th floor conference room,        ties and technical competence.           cian or corporate officer’s signa-       concerned with the changes to the
             City Hall               They believe there is a need to          ture attested to by the corporate        Master licensing application. They
        Please Join Us!!!!           assist the city staff in the evalua-     secretary or any other business          don’t see any benefit from requir-
                                     tion process of qualified master         entity member’s notarized signa-         ing an affidavit vs. a notarized
                                     applicants. This change will re-         ture of an electrical contracting        statement. This change will only
                                     quire that an applicant for a master     company or owner of an electrical        make it more difficult for journey-
                                     electrician license appear before        contracting company or business,         men to complete a Master’s appli-
                                     the electrical board and be evalu-       certifying that the experience is        cation. It will not adversely im-
                                     ated. The Board also insists that        true and accurate. All applications      pact our processing of the applica-
                                     they should only meet quarterly.         for Apprentice, Journeyman and           tions.
                                     Board does not believe this re-          Master licensing will now include
                                     quirement will cause a barrier to        the following:                              These proposed changes do not
                                     outside competition, increase the                                                 address the problems we have
                                     cost of electrical work nor impact                                                                   (Continued on page 2)
 C i t y B u i ld e r                                                                                                                                      Page 2

 PROPOSED CODE CHANGES                                                                     (C   O N TIN U E D   )

 when trying to validate an appli-       with the building code and be          tial and commercial through its
 cant’s experience nor does it give      more in line with the third party      publication of a separate, all inclu-      OCTOBER’S
 us any lee way when dealing with        testing. It will also eliminate the    sive International Residential
 special cases such as when a mas-       current exclusivity of commercial      Code, staff has opted to use it as         INSPECTIONS
 ter dies or retires and moved out       and residential licensing. A com-      the definition for residential work.
 of town without having properly         mercial master will be allowed to      Consideration for this change in           Type of Inspection           Number
 certified his journeyman’s and          pull commercial and residential        definition does not need to be             Plumbing                        107
 apprentice’s hours with an affida-      permits and a residential master       extended to journeyman electri-
 vit or if a business goes bankrupt      will only be allowed to pull resi-     cians as this change will not affect       Electrical                       58
 and fails to provide the proper         dential permits. A previously li-      how these hours will count toward          Mechanical                       87
 documentation. These are real           censed residential master electri-     their master electrician’s licensing.
 issues we know will come up as          cian, upon written request, will be    A residential master, desiring to do       Building                        222
 they already do from time to time       allowed to obtain electrical permits   commercial work, other than as
                                                                                                                           Sidewalks &                      12
 and should be addressed. We             on all “R - Residential Group”         defined above, must obtain a com-
 must also realize that even if we       occupancies as defined by the          mercial master’s license by first          Driveways
 are able to validate an applicant’s     International Building Code.           completing the necessary examina-
 work experience, it will not ensure                                            tion and providing proof of ex-            Total                           486
                                            Board: Concurs with new defi-
 their trustworthiness, competence       nition.                                perience.
 or willingness to complete the
 required work in accordance with           Staff: Staff proposed this new
 adopted codes.                          definition.     Current definitions    4. Proof of Employment – This
                                         classify residential and commercial    proposed change will help prevent
    Staff recommended that the           work as mutually exclusive which       the sale of a master’s license. It
 minimum 4000 hours of active            doesn’t make sense because the         will require that a master electri-
 employment in the commercial            technical aspects of a commercial      cian work for a single employer at
 and industrial field be as a journey-   installation far exceed that of a      a time and that a self employed
 man. Current provision allows for       residential installation.       This   master electrician also have a busi-          The codes currently adopted by
 apprentice hours to count toward        change is necessary because the        ness license in order to pull an             City Ordinance and being enforced
 this minimum requirement. This          approved third party residential       electrical permit.                                    are as follows:
 would not change the 2000 hour          Journeyman and Master testing is
 substitution authorized for the                                                   Board: Board recommended
                                         specifically limited in scope to one   this change in response to enforce-       2000 IBC, 2000 IFC, 2003 IEBC,
 graduation from an approved             through three family dwelling units
 electrical training school or college                                          ment problems. They are also not          2000 IRC, 2000 IMC, 2000 IFGC,
                                         and the adopted International          in support of a general exemption
 of engineering.                         Residential Code only applies to                                                 2002 NEC, 2000 UPC, 2003 IPMC
                                                                                for non-profit organizations.
                                         one and two family dwelling units                                                APWA Standards, Kansas City
                                         or multiple single-family dwellings       Staff: Staff agrees that some-
 3. Definition of Residential –                                                                                              Chapter (for all Civil Work)
                                         (townhouses) not more than three       thing must be done to correct this
 Our current definition of residen-                                             problem. This change could be
 tial conflicts with the adopted         stories in height with a separate                                                Copies of the International Codes can be
                                         means of egress and their acces-       unpopular and would prohibit a            obtained from the International Code
 building codes and the approved                                                master electrician from moon
 third party testing agency. This        sory structures.       Because the                                               Council by calling 1-888-ICC-SAFE
                                         adopted codes already provide a        lighting. They also recommend             or through their web site
 change will align our definition
                                         logical separation between residen-                      (Continued on page 3)

     C I T Y A D V I S O R Y B OA R D C A L E N D A R S
The following is a tentative schedule of Board meetings for the next year. Meetings will normally be held
in the 1st Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1100 Frederick Avenue. Please call 271-4757 to verify the
meeting dates and times. These meetings are public meetings. Please attend.
                                                                                                                          VOLUNTEER’S NEEDED
Building Board:
                                          Electrical Board:                     Board of Operating Engineers:             Looking for a way to get in-
Dec 6, 2006 at 3:00 pm                                                                                                    volved, to make a difference,
                                          Dec 7, 2006 at 3:00 pm                Dec 11 2006 at 3:00 pm
Jan 11, 2007 at 3:00 pm                                                                                                   or express your opinion?
                                          Jan 4, 2007 at 3:00 pm                Jan 2007—to be determined
Apr 18, 2007 at 3:00 pm
                                          Mar 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm                Public Meetings:
Jun 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm                                                                                                   Volunteer to be on a City
                                          Aug 22, 2007 at 5:00 pm               Code Update Reviews:
Aug 22, 2007 at 5:00 pm                                                                                                   Advisory Board or Commis-
                                                                                Jan 18, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Plumbing Board:                           Mechanical Board:                                                               sion.
                                                                                Jan 30, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Dec 13, 2006 at 4:30 pm                   Dec 12, 2006 at 3:30 pm
                                                                                Feb 1, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Jan 10, 2007 at 4:30 pm                   Jan 3, 2007 at 3:30 pm                                                          Contact the City Clerk’s office
                                                                                Fee & Licensing Reviews:
Apr 4, 2007 at 4:30 pm                    Mar 21, 2007 at 3:30 pm                                                         at 271-4730 today.
                                                                                Sep 4, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Jun 20, 2007 at 4:30 pm                   Jun 13, 2007 at 3:30 pm
                                                                                Sep 5, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Aug 22, 2007 at 5 pm                      Aug 22, 2007 at 5:00 pm
                                                                                Sep 6, 2007 at 7:00 pm
C i t y B u i ld e r                                                                                                                               Page 3

PROPOSED CODE CHANGES                                                               (C   O N TI N U ED   )
that a charitable exception be           defined as “any work not requiring     11. Administrative Changes                PERMITS
added to this policy which would         an electrical permit and/or work       & Corrections – Changing “chief
allow a master electrician to pull a     not for hire and not under the         building official” and “building         Building Permits:           278
permit, in their own name, for a         direction of a master electrician”.    regulations supervisor” to
charitable, 501 C 3 corporations                                                “building official” and “public          Electrical Permits:          99
                                            Board: Board proposed.
(such as a church, habitat for hu-                                              works and transportation” to             Mechanical Permits:          76
manity, etc.), as long as there is no       Staff: Staff agrees.                “customer assistance” and                Plumbing Permits:            73
monetary compensation involved                                                  “regulations sections” to
                                                                                                                         Land Disturbance Permits:    30
and they will be responsible for         8. Penalties – Removes the pen-        “development services”. Correct-
and supervise the work being             alty sections under the Electrical     ing references under section 7-86,       Access Permits:              25
done. Without a specific definition      code and forces the use of the         90-2, 7-90 and 7-58 and making           Pool / Spa Permits:           0
of what will be consider adequate        general progressive penalty section    several other grammatical correc-
                                                                                                                         Total                       581
proof of employment, it will be          under paragraph 7-6 in the front       tions.
extremely difficult to enforce mak-      of the Building and Building Regu-        Board: Board agrees.
ing it ineffective and frustrating to    lations chapter of the City’s ordi-
both staff and our customers.                                                      Staff: Staff proposed clarifica-
                                         nance. Currently, the progressive      tions and reference changes based
5. Temporary/Traveling Li-               penalty only applies to plumbing       on City’s organizational changes.
cense – This proposal changes the        violations. The progressive pen-
term “traveler” to “temporary”,          alty can be summarized as follows:                                                IMPORTANT NOTICE:
allows an out of town journeyman         1st Offense - $25 to $500 fine.        12. Notice to Correct Defects
electrician to obtain a temporary        Second Offense – min. $200 to          – Revises the code and requires
license with proof of 8,000 hours        $500 fine with possible 30 day jail    that the utility company decide                  Electrical Code
of active employment as an electri-      time. 3rd Offense – min. $500          whether the electrical service to a             Change Meeting
cian and/or be a valid ABC or            fine with possible 60 day jail time.   structure should or should not be           Council Planning & Zoning
IBEW card holder. It also allows            Board: Board agrees.                disconnected. It also includes                 Committee Meeting
the responsible master electrician                                              specific notification requirements         December 7, 2006 at 5 pm,
                                            Staff: Staff recommended this       when a defect is noted to include          4th floor conference room,
to request, in writing, up to a 6
                                         change to help with enforcement        the utility company.                                 City Hall
month extension to the temporary
                                         issues and establish a consistent                                                      Please Join Us!!!!
license for an additional fee. It                                                  Board: Board agrees.
                                         penalty for all work done without
prohibits a temporary journeyman
                                         an appropriate license and/or             Staff: Staff recommended this
electrician from supervising an
                                         permit.                                revision since it limits the City’s
apprentice electrician and it allows
                                                                                liability, but it does not remove
a city licensed master or journey-
                                                                                our responsibility if there is a seri-
man electrician to supervise as          9. Elimination of the Bond Re-         ous threat to life or property.
many temporary journeyman elec-          quirement – This eliminates the
tricians as needed.                      requirement for a $2,000 bond for
   Board: Board agrees.                  an electrical master’s license.        13. Electrical Inspector Certi-                  Purchase Your
                                            Board: Board agrees.                fication – Requires the electrical
   Staff: Staff recommends this                                                                                                   Code Books!
                                                                                inspector to obtain and maintain a
change and believes it will tighten         Staff: Staff recommended this                                                 You may purchase any of our
                                                                                national certification.
down on the abuse of traveler’s          change. In reviewing other licens-                                               adopted International or NEC
license. We are concerned about          ing requirements, we couldn’t find        Board: Board agrees with this               code books from the
its enforcement, especially their        any justification for this item. We    change.                                    International Code Council
expirations.                             all agreed that the insurance is          Staff: Change is recommended              through their website at
                                         necessary, but the bonding is not.     by staff to ensure minimum quali-      
                                                                                fications for the electrical inspec-      and click on the ICC Store, or
6. Reciprocating License Re-                                                                                                  you may call the ICC at
                                                                                tor are obtained and maintained
quirements – This proposal clari-        10. Alternate Materials Han-           thru continuing education. Re-                  1-800-786-4452.
fies the city’s reciprocity policy by    dling – Stipulates that any request    quirement is a standard industry
clearly stating that any city licensed   for the use of an alternate material   requirement.                               To purchase a copy of the
electrician must comply with the         will considered after consulting                                                 Uniform Plumbing Code, you
city’s minimum test score and            with the Electrical Board, when                                                  may also call the International
hours of experience policy for           practical.                             14. Duration of Initial Master            Association of Plumbing and
Master and Journeyman applica-              Board: Board agrees and would       License – Code states that an                Mechanical Officials at
tions.                                   like, as a minimum, email consulta-    initial license is good for one year            1-800-85-IAPMO.
   Board: Board proposed.                tion.                                  yet they are required to renew it on
                                                                                January 1st each year. This needs           These code books can be
   Staff: Staff agrees.                     Staff: Staff proposed and agrees    to be corrected and the initial            obtained through your local
                                         that consultation with the Board is    license prorated.
                                         paramount when practical. Email                                                    book stores or publishing
7. Qualifying Hours – Change                                                       Board: Board concurs.                    companies, but they may
                                         consultation will be the method of
will clearly indicate that mainte-                                                                                           require a special order.
                                         choice.                                   Staff: Staff concurs.
nance hours cannot be counted
toward the hours of experience
required for a Class I-C or I-R
license. Maintenance work is now
C i t y B u i ld e r                                                                                                                            Page 4

                 DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TEAM                                                                            Primary Contact Numbers

   Name                Title                                              Department                                Customer Service Center:
                                                                                                                    Sandy Brooks (816) 271-4751
   Sam Barber          Customer Assistance Director                       Customer Assistance

   Tad Hopkins         Building Development Supervisor                    Customer Assistance                       Building Development Services :
   Kathy Barnett       Plans Review Coordinator                           Customer Assistance                       Kathy Barnett (816) 271-5341

   Dawn Probasco       City Planner                                       Planning & Community Development
                                                                                                                    Planning Division:
   Mike Kellam         Assistant City Planner                             Planning & Community Development          Dawn Probasco (816) 271-4648
   Les Beattie         Chief of Fire Prevention                           Fire
   Robin Rhodes        Environmental Health Coordinator                   Health
   Kendra Nelson       Environmental Services Coordinator                 Public Works & Transportation                   Please consider
                                                                                                                         volunteering to be
   Roger Sparks        City Engineer                                      Public Works & Transportation
                                                                                                                         a member of one
   Ted Elo             Assistant City Attorney                            City Attorney’s Office                      of the five professional
   Tim Davis           Assistant City Attorney                            City Attorney’s Office                         advisory boards.
                                                                                                                      Boards normally meet
                                                                                                                          once a quarter
                                                                                                                      for about an hour and
         B U I D I N G D E V E L O P M E N T S E RV I C E S                                                                     half.
                                Building Development Supervisor Tad Hopkins                                           Be a part of progress.
              Combination Inspector & Residential Plans Examiner Roger Mapel                                                Take pride
                                            City Plumbing Inspector Vacant 9/8/06                                       in your community
                                            City Electrical Inspector Tony Zuchowski                                     and get involved.
                                          City Mechanical Inspector Steven Petrovick
                                             City Building Inspector Steve Allen
                                Contract Multidiscipline Inspector Gene Swartz
                                                                                                                     City of St. Joseph, Missouri
                                                  Plans Coordinator Kathy Barnett

                                                                                                                     Room 106, City Hall
                                                                                                                     1100 Frederick Blvd.
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