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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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-
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)
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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 www.iccsafe.org.
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.
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
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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-
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
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- www.iccsafe.org
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
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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
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
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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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