International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials


Central California Chapter

December 18, 2008


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:05 PM on Thursday December 18, 2008 at the Waterfront Restaurant in Redwood City by Sarah Aguilar, Chapter Chairperson of the Central California Chapter of IAPMO. 



Self introductions followed and there were 23 attendees. Chapter Officers present were Sarah Aguilar – Chairperson, Nathan Vasquez – Vice Chair, Don Wadsworth - Treasurer and Mo Salberg – Secretary.


Old Business

The approval of the November minutes was unanimous.

The treasurer report was given by Don Wadsworth.

Thanks for the suggestions last month. As a result we have three speakers lined up for next year.

Installation Dinner – January 17, 2008 at the Doubletree in San Jose.


New Business

Marty Cooper suggested a seminar on California building code to possibly be held in conjunction with the ICC Peninsula Chapter.


Don Taylor provided information on the possible use of our Chapter accepting credit cards.


Sarah Aguilar read a letter from IAPMO headquarters which outlined their support of all the Chapters and what to look for in the upcoming year on their Website.


Nate Vasquez reported that 89 spots were reserved for the Installation dinner but that only 39 have responded with their dinner choices. Dwight Perkins and Ron Rice will be attending the Installation Dinner.


Lunch was served at 12:30 PM.







Phil Ribbs reported that there will be a California Building Standards Commission Meeting on Thursday, January 22, 2009 in Sacramento, CA concerning PEX and changes to the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR).  Participation is strongly needed by our members.


On December 22, 2008 there was a Standards Council phone meeting. The assembly was successful on all issues pertaining to the changing of the 2009 Code.


Chuck Crawford passed away in September of 2008. He was a city of San Mateo Plumbing Inspector and a mentor of John LaTorre.



At 1:05 PM Ron Murray, from ASSE, began his presentation. Ron Murray spoke about promoting ASSE 7000 the professional qualifications standard for plumbing based residential fire protection systems.  The standard incorporates the requirements of NFPA 13, 13R and 13D fire sprinkler systems, including residential design, installation and different state certification requirements for one and two family dwellings.  Ron also presented information on Breathing Air Replenishment Systems and Biohazard exposure to plumbers servicing and improving plumbing systems at hospitals and institutions.


He’s a 290 Portland Oregon Business Agent and a UA Lobbyist. Thank you Ron for the excellent presentation on the work ASSE does.


Steve Silber encouraged people to become members of ASSE stating that our involvement is vital to enable us to make changes.


Steve Medina, of Spears Manufacturing, offered to provide training in the installation of CPVC Fire Sprinkler systems.


Marty Cooper thanked Sarah Aguilar for all her hard work over the years.



A raffle was held at 1:55 pm and everyone went happy except for Brent Hipsher. Thanks for the prizes provided by Rick Babb and Steve Medina of Spears Manufacturing, Carl Cimino of 393 Training Center, Phil Ribbs of PHR Consultants, Sarah Aguilar of Southland Industries, Mo Salberg of KDS Plumbing, Steve Silber of Local 342 and Don Wadsworth of CISPI.


Thank you, Sarah Aguilar with Southland Industries, Phil Ribbs with PHR Consultants and Mo Salberg with KDS Plumbing for their generous donations to the Chapter.



At 2:00 PM Chairperson Aguilar announced the next meeting will be on at Ricky’s in San Leandro on February 19, 2009



Chapter Chairperson Sarah Aguilar adjourned the meeting at 2:08 PM.



Mo Salberg, Chapter Secretary


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