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


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, 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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