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.