International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials



Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:02 PM on Thursday March 17, 2005 at Ricky’s Restaurant in San Leandro, CA. by Marty Cooper, Vice Chairman, of the Central California Chapter of IAPMO. Marty Cooper led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Mary Cooper, Chapter Vice Chairman, welcomed the 21 members to the meeting and our two guest speakers from Sioux Chief, John Barber and his associate, Scott Smith. Self-introductions were conducted.

Old Business

The minutes from the meeting of February 17, 2005 were reviewed and accepted.

Brent Hipsher brought up the issue of the continued confusion of PE (Polyethylene yellow gas pipe) Transition Fittings for underground gas pipe installation and their burial depth. There is no code on this subject and the consensus was that one must rely on the manufacturer’s recommendations. There was a request for the company representative of one of the manufacturers, Plex-Co, to come in and give us a presentation and clear up this issue.

Brent Hipsher asked the question whether we can direct bury a PE Gas Manifold. Marty Cooper replied that if there are no valves then it is OK. Brent recommended a Christy box for access if the installation has tracer lines.

Brent Hipsher brought up the issue of the use of CPVC, Section 604.1 of the 2001 California Plumbing Code, and when historical data is required before the Authority Having Jurisdiction can give approval for its use in the State of California.

Brent Hipsher reported the status of the State of California’s adoption of codes. It was voted on by an 8-2 vote to not move forward with adoption of NFPA 5000. It was voted to move forward with the adoption of the IFC (International Fire Code), the IRC (International Residential Code), and the IBC (International Building Code). It was voted to stay with the IAPMO Plumbing and Mechanical Code. The tentative publication date of the California Plumbing and the Mechanical Code is mid 2007.

No other old business to report.

Committee Reports

The treasurer, Dave Ledda, gave the treasurer’s report. It was voted on and accepted.

New Business

Marty Cooper gave on report on how many visitors we have had to our website. There were approximately 4,000 hits in a six week period.


Bob Adler reported that the City of San Jose will not sponsor him to go to the Technical Committee meetings in Denver in May of 2005. CCCIAPMO voted last month to sponsor Bob with the requirement that he get prices for his travel and room, and then present those figures to the chapter for approval. He will submit a proposed report in April for the Technical Committee expenses.

Nathan Vasquez announced that Local 393 Training Center will be hosting a meeting for the ISPE on April 5, 2005 at 4:30-%:30 PM on the future of the Biopharmaceutical Industry in the Bay Area. Everyone is welcome. Please call the training Center at (408) 453-6330 for more information and to make your reservation.

Dave Mann brought up the subject of residential ice makers and where to discharge the waste. Since it must be piped indirectly it was recommended that a floor sink be installed or that it goes into the tailpiece of a fixture with an air gap fitting.

The IAPMO yearly conference will be held in Albuquerque this year on September 24-30, 2005.

Break for Lunch


John Barber and Scott Smith of Sioux chief gave an excellent presentation on Sioux Chief which included the use of an overhead projector. John handed out informative binders on Water Hammer Control. Thank you, John Barber and Scott Smith, for your time and for your contribution to CCCIAPO. John Barber can be reached at Sioux Chief has a web site at


The chapter would like to thank Southland Industries and Marty Cooper for this months raffle prizes.


Please bring a door prize for a raffle next month.

The next meeting will be at the Waterfront Restaurant in Redwood City on April 21, 2005 with Ms. Sue Walker, VP, speaking on Vent Free Gas Products Alliance, GAMA.


John Wagner adjourned the meeting at 2:01 pm.

Respectfully submitted by:

 Sarah Aguilar
Central California Chapter Secretary

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