WSTBO helps bring codes director to county, promotes code enforcement at home show, and sponsors training on manufactured homes

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Western Southern Tier Building Officials (WSTBO), the association of building and zoning code enforcement officers in and nearChautauquaCounty, has several important activities scheduled during May.

First, the association will be represented at the Home and Garden Show on May 9, 10, and 11 at the County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk. WSTBO members will be explaining that home improvements are encouraged but must be done in compliance with state codes.  Special emphasis is on home swimming pools as much stricter safety regulations – for fences, alarms, electrical protection, and anti-suction plumbing – are now in effect.

Next, WSTBO is sponsoring six credit-hours of state-certified training on manufactured homes on May 21 in Fredonia.  Manufactured homes were once commonly referred to as “trailers” then “mobile homes,” but new technologies and comprehensive federal regulations have improved their construction and their image.

Training information and registration forms are available at wstbo.com, the association’s official website.  Attendance is open to all enforcement officers, design professionals and contractors, but class size is limited to 50, so please register early with payment of $40 for WSTBO members and $50 for non-members.

Finally for May, WSTBO has arranged for Director Ron Piester, RA, the head of the New York State Codes Division, to meet with Chautauqua County’s town supervisors and village and city mayors on May 29.  The county code enforcement officers asked Mr. Piester to help with a continually productive dialog and teamwork approach to code enforcement and code understanding.

In addition to the diplomatic visit from Codes Director Piester, all municipalities in the county will soon receive an invitation letter from WSTBO President John Monaco, the chief inspection officer in Fredonia.  The invitation will encourage all jurisdictions to have their code enforcement officers join and participate in WSTBO functions, where open and polite discussions are expected to lead to shared understandings

WSTBO recognizes that codes and code enforcement sometimes appear difficult, but believes that with all officials working together to follow state-mandated safety codes, our synergy will save lives and protect property.

Photo Caption:  New York’s Codes Division Director, Ron Piester, RA, is pictured on the left when officials from the International Codes Council recently presented WSTBO President John Monaco, right, with a plaque honoring code enforcement officials in Chautauqua County.  Director Piester will meet with supervisors and mayors in the county on May 29.

CONTACT:  WSTBO President John Monaco, 679-2313

For Immediate Release May 2, 2008, to Observer and PJ by email

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Press Release to Post-Journal and Observer, 1/24/08 (by email)

Western Southern Tier Building Officials Honored by International Code Council


At their first monthly meeting of 2008, the Western Southern Tier Building Officials (WSTBO) received recognition from the International Code Council (ICC) for “dedication to enhancing public safety through the promotion of effective administration and enforcement of building regulations.”

ICC vice president for state and local government relations, Dorothy Harris, presented the award plaque to WSTBO president John Monaco, the chief inspection officer in Fredonia.  In addition to WSTBO members – who are the code enforcement officers for the cities, villages, and towns in and nearChautauquaCounty – officials from the codes division of New York’s Department of State were present.

WSTBO officers for 2008 are president John Monaco, vice president Chuck LaBarbera of the Town of Evans and Village of Angola, secretary and web administrator Randy J. Woodbury of the Town of Ellicott, and treasurer Allan Zurawski of the City of Dunkirk.  Melanie Eddy is the chair for WSTBO educational programs.

Association information and a public forum on codes are online at wstbo.com.

Photo Caption:  WSTBO president John Monaco holds the tribute awarded by ICC vice president Dorothy Harris, second from left.  Officials from the codes division of New York’s Department of State flank Mr. Monaco and Ms. Harris.

 

Emailed press release, Jan. 27, 2008, Observer and Post-Journal
Contact:   WSTBO president John Monaco at 679-2313

Chautauqua County Building Officials Now Online

The building and zoning code enforcement officers for the 27 towns, 15 villages, and 2 cities in Chautauqua County now have their directory of members, including their state certification numbers, and educational information on code enforcement online at www.wstbo.com. Western Southern Tier Building Officials (WSTBO) is the association of professionals working together to promote properly built residential and commercial structures, uniform enforcement of uniform codes, and to provide educational programs on codes and code enforcement in the southwesterly region of New York State. WSTBO’s mission is to enhance leadership and consistency in the understanding, application, and enforcement of building codes and zoning codes – so that the residents in and near Chautauqua County enjoy safe and thriving communities. Regular business is conducted at lunchtime meetings on the second Thursday of every month, alternating between the Fredonia and Jamestown areas.  Education programs, usually for continuing education credits, are scheduled around regular meetings or at special evening meetings.
    
To receive required state certification as a code enforcement officer, each member has received 5 weeks of initial training and testing by the New York State Codes Division of the Department of State. To continue to be certified, each enforcement officer must receive an additional week of qualified training every year. WSTBO is the region's affiliated member of NYSBOC and ICC, the New York State Building Officials' Conference and the International Code Council.  Membership is open to all code enforcement officers and design professionals, and to everyone interested in code issues. At their first monthly meeting of 2008, the Western Southern Tier Building Officials (WSTBO) received recognition from the International Code Council (ICC) for “dedication to enhancing public safety through the promotion of effective administration and enforcement of building regulations.”  ICC vice president for state and local government relations, Dorothy Harris, presented the award plaque to WSTBO president John Monaco, the chief inspection officer in Fredonia. In addition to WSTBO members – who are the code enforcement officers for the cities, villages, and towns in and near Chautauqua County – officials from the codes division of New York’s Department of State were present. WSTBO officers for 2008 are president John Monaco, vice president Chuck LaBarbera of the Town of Evans and Village of Angola, secretary and web administrator Randy J. Woodbury of the Town of Ellicott, and treasurer Allan Zurawski of the City of Dunkirk.  Melanie Eddy, of Harmony and Ripley and several other towns, is the chair for WSTBO educational programs. Association information, with membership and education program forms, and a public forum on codes are online at wstbo.com. Special training on energy-saving codes and on new building technologies is scheduled by WSTBO for February 14, to be taught by state officials, and to provide 6 hours of continuing education credits. The new website is still a work in progress. Each local government should check to be sure their enforcement officers are correctly listed and that their state certification requirements are current.  Code enforcement officers enforce the New York State Uniform Fire Protection and Building Code, which became compulsory statewide in 1984 and which was re-written as part of the International Building Code in 2003.

Photo Caption:  On January 17, WSTBO president John Monaco holds the tribute awarded by ICC vice president Dorothy Harris, second from left.  Officials from the codes division of New York’s Department of State flank Mr. Monaco and Ms. Harris.

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