January 10, 2013

Lakeside Casino, Osceola, IA

Roll Call:

President Brita Van Horne called the meeting to order at 9:04 A.M. All board members were present with 29 members and four guests introducing themselves. 

Minutes from the November 2012 meeting were discussed with a motion to accept by Adam Fedders and seconded by Denny Bernholtz.  Motion passed.

State Building Code Bureau:

Brian Bishop arrived at 9:11 and described some changes with staffing. Ray Reynolds will be acting as the State Building Code Commissioner. The Public Safety commissioner intends to fill position again maybe in a year or so. Rich Bolten is acting as Deputy Building Code Commissioner and is the point person for building and electrical questions. No new bills submitted at this time. State Building inspectors will be rebranded along with Electrical and Fire with all to have similar marked cars. Announced Admin rule #661-550, notice of intended action; has requirements for local inspectors.  It includes language for IAEI or ICC Residential and Commercial Electrical certifications and time frame for new employees. Public hearing will be held 1/17/2013 at Department of Public Safety.  Clauses allow for residential or commercial inspections so long as inspector obtains and maintain the certification for inspections as assigned. State Electrical inspectors are in trial phase to include Energy Inspections.

Iowa Department of Public Health: Ken Sharp

  1. Status of Contractor licensing. He anticipates any new Legislation will be driven by Industry not the Board. Don’t know the position of Governor’s stake holder group. Statistics for issuing Contractor licenses as of 1/7/2013; 568 applications received with 418 to be contacted because submitted application not complete. Also 67 have been processed and 75 contacted to get more information back. Most applicants had fast reply, otherwise had no response. Asked the group if comfortable with receiving a letter from contractor stating that they have submitted application but not complete and are working thru the process. Would members be comfortable with a letter knowing 80% of applicants have lacking or incorrect information? License requires insurance to have a 15 day notice to board when expired; most policies have 10 day notice. Insurance industry to make a change with policies or perhaps state will make statutory change to 10 days. Surprised how many rural contractors have not ever obtained insurance or bonding. Question was asked if information will be on the website, Ken stated it will be updated weekly and will only be those issued. Member asked what happens if we get a letter, but later a License is not issued, but a permit to do work has been issued. Most applicants have insurance and correct bonding just the 15 day notice needs to be updated. Ken asked if a letter is necessary, a members generally felt letter is not beneficial. License reporting will transition to License Iowa some time in future for easy access to list. Contractors are also required to be registered with workforce development. Asked to show of hands if anyone wanted letter with no hands being raised.
  2. Legislation, board will look at four trade License and two trade codes. May see bill to streamline and reduce the number of licenses of four different licenses and will back down to just two and add a Journeyman sheet metal license and a HVAC – R license. Larger contractors take care of all staff licenses and would like to renew all on the same day. Department will target renewals during 18 month transition and to allow grouping rather than 3 years with staggered individual renewal dates.  Anticipate one application to address both the Contractor license and the application to Work Force development for Registration
  3. Mentioned there is talk about establishing by statue a state wide Mechanical Code, UMC vs IMC. So local officials may want to monitor and watch during this session.
  4. Governor’s office established executive-order-80 to create stakeholder interest last fall. Group to provide review and input regarding department board rules but not the statutory language. Met first time Dec 20th and plumbing/mechanical board was first board reviewed looking at Chapter 28 and 29which covers fees and licensing. Board and board staff departments do not participate and the committee will report back in 4 – 6 weeks to Department Director and Admin Rules Coordinator at Governor’s office. The eight members on the committee might not have enough traction to make legislation this year. Names are listed on website on Plumbing and Mechanical board home page

Members in attendance acknowledged all had the IMC adopted locally rather than UMC.

MICCC Report

Roger Schemmel report last meeting was a snow out and had no meeting

MAC or Eastern Report

Brita Van Horne stated no Eastern Meeting.

Rich Walke from UL

Rich Walke of the Regulatory services of UL gave presentation on services available. Traditionally have been on paper now have CD but also have online. Newsletters have section of the code, referenced standards and assemblies and how to access the standard. Code Authority and Fire and Security Authority sign up and get copy as published. Ultimate Email includes some notice regarding counterfeit UL marks.  Sign up for Ultimate Email for one or so each week emails and the newsletter. Rich offers training of codes and listings such as fire resistance. For technical assistance contact the 1-800 number or email. UL is involved with the Code development process and submits around 50 codes changes and good for public safety using listed assemblies. At the ICC ABM,  UL announced they are in the Evaluation Services and reports are on the same UL website using CSI categories. Online is always the most up to date info. No major counterfeit items to report. UL reports are good to when the code is not real clear for the use and acceptance of new products. UL ES reports are based on the same ICC ES criteria for use by code officials. He discussed a tour of the UL facility located outside of Chicago which could be a 3-4 hour tour of the test facility.

Travel Policy

Brita lead a discussion regarding travel clarification and referenced a draft policy. Intention of clarification is to help promote attendance of board members from remote locations of state.

Treasurer’s Report

Mike Pardekooper presented on 11/7/2012 there was balance of $30,111.29 and deposits of $9,740.0 and expenditures of $5,498.99 creating a current balance to date of $34,352.30. An Annual report for 2012, started with a balance of $15,628.78, deposits of $35,726.00 and expenses of $19,570.48 and a balance Year end 2012 of $31,782.30, The income to expense ratio was 55% of income. Another Report shows Income and expense by category. Last report was a list of items for the November seminar yielding a net profit $1,352.29. A motion was made to accept by Jorgenson and seconded by Bob of Winterset. Motion approved

Audit Committee Report:

Dan Bolt described an audit had been conducted and reported no concerns. Report was easy to read and nicely presented and did a good job. Brita thanked the work by the Audit Committee. Later in the meeting a motion was moved by Dennis Jorgenson to approve the Audit committee Report, seconded by Denny Bernholtz. Motion passed.

Membership Committee,

Larry Gift is recovering from back surgery and a report will be provided in May

Training and Education.

 David Churchill described the focus on training and education is for electrical. A group called CEC from Colorado will guarantee passing the exam but the test is on your own. CEC will also allow for other certification training. Once he gets response back will send out email. Eastern Iowa, Brita met with group and could include the ILOWA group. May be also include Commercial plan review and locate in or near Iowa City. Also looking at Chapter 7 training in eastern Iowa. Mentioned in February training was available in Minnesota. Seminar dates are best in April and May for IABO. Code update classes for the 2009 to 2012 codes would be another option.  Last seminar was well attended and showed a profit. 


List of duties was discussed and Brita announced the teleconference option for meetings. This allows committees to discuss without travel and a major time commitment. Will distribute list of duties of committees and what they do. Will also pass out teleconference instructions with one person, perhaps the chairperson, being a moderator and others are participates. If you hold a teleconference alert Treasure Mike Pardakooper what costs are incurred.

2013 Meeting Schedules.

Brita announced next meeting will be in Linn County March 14th. Sheet available for 2013 locations and thanked those that had volunteered facilities.

IABO shirts

Jeff Junker received two orders for shirts and one community showed interest. He had several bounce back emails, so will PDF all items and will get it out to everyone again. It will take around a month to get shirts once they are ordered.

Open Discussion
Ken Sharp gave short update, it was just reported the IMC would be proposed for adoption. 


At 10:22 a motion to adjourn was made by Denny Bernholtz  and Seconded by Dennis Jorgenson. Motion passed  

After a short break a presentation and training was given by Chad Komnick, PE of MiTek Industries regarding engineered trusses, followed by a tour of the Plum Truss plant and a lunch provided by Plum Building Systems. Additional training was provided by Chad after lunch.

Minutes respectfully prepared by Roger Schemmel, Secretary


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


Meetings are held Bi-Monthly on the Second Thursday of the Month.

2017 Committee Member List  
Legislative Committee 
Rod Van Genderen, City of West Des Moines
Brian Bishop, City of Des Moines, CHAIRMAN
Jeff Junker City of Ankeny
Steve Richardson McKeon Door Company
Tim Hennes City of Iowa City
Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale
Mike Pardekooper City of Altoona
Cody Christensen, City of Des Moines
Education Committee 
Eastern Iowa 
Duncan McCallum, City of Cedar Rapids 
Tim Hennes, City of Iowa City
Neil Bombei, Johnson County
Pat Parsley, City of Hiawatha

Central Iowa 
Mike Pardekooper, City of Altoona
Bob Hendricks, City of Winterset
Rick Parrino, Plum Building Systems, LLC
Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale
Code Development Committee 
Jack Swarm,  City of Mount Pleasant
Tim Crabb, East Central Intergovernmental Assoc.
Patrick Parsley, City of Hiawatha
Ron Hoover,
Ed Higgins, City of Boone
Jeff Harden, City of Ankeny
Steve Richardson, McKeon Door Company
Nominating Committee  
Creston Turnbull City of Coralville
Bob Hendricks City of Winterset
Craig Witry City of Cedar Falls
Endorsement Committee 
Jerry Byers, City of Pella - CHAIRMAN
Tim Hennes City of Iowa City
Craig Witry City of Cedar Falls
Membership Committee 
Mike Pardekooper, City of Altoona
Sean Devlin, City of Des Moines
Audit Committee 
Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale
Jeff Junker, City of Ankeny
Scholarship Committee
Mike Pardekooper, City of Altoona
Taylor Matteson, City of Manchester
Jerry Byers, City of Pella
Jeff Harden, City of Ankeny
Mike Bruce, City of Creston
Region III Committee 
Brian Bishop, City of Des Moines
Adam Ostert, City of Ames
Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale
Program Committee 
Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale
Rick Parrino, Plum Building Systems

updated 5-29-2018


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