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President's Message - December

Greetings Colleagues ~ from your OBOA President and Board!

Welcome to the last Newsletter for 2019 and this decade. With the hectic “day job” and holiday season, this newsletter is a little late.  

As always, there has been quite a bit happening but it seems especially so these last few months.

We started with the ICC Annual Business Meeting and Code Hearings in La Vegas at the end of October where 26 members from the Oregon Delegation attended.

There were also the recent BCD changes to Chapter 1 and establishing an OBOA Task force to address those changes. More info on that later in the newsletter. We also had our Fall Quarterly Business meeting on November 15th with a super-sized attendance of 80 registrants.

And as always, our OBOA Committees have been hard at work:

  • The Code Committee worked on the code change proposals for the Government Consensus Voting Guides and also coordinated with WABO. You should have received the email with that info back at that time but for reference here are the OBOA and WABO Voting Guides: 
  • The Legislative Committee has been busy with the new Legislative session kicking off with Legislative days the third week of November and also with the Legislative Priorities document stating our position as an organization. The link to the Legislative Priorities document is here. Legislation will be assessed as it is introduced and we should know more by time of our next OBOA QBM on January 31st.
  • The Outreach Committee had Clark County’s “Be a Home Hero” trailer at the QBM and Jim Muir outlined the Committee’s ideas and goals for the year. Jim’s creative ideas are much appreciated.
  • The Education Committee is already working on the next Short School and working hard to put together an ASHRAE 90.1 Training. The ASHRAE training was directly following input from the members on the need for this training. For those of you who like webinars, below are the links to the on-demand webinars about the new Oregon commercial building code.  There are three one-hour recorded webinars, including:
  • The Standards Committee has been working on getting a section of the website up and running for jurisdictions to access for sample plans and policies.  They are also working on getting the Building official guide book updated which is a tough task with all the rule and legislative changes.

Also in this issue you will find:

  • Chapter 1 Task Force Information
  • Fall QBM photos
  • Member Spotlight

The next Newsletter will be next year, so from all of us serving you on the OBOA Board and Committees, Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

Ted Zuk, CBO
OBOA President
Development Services Director/Building Official - Jackson County


President's Message - October

A Sincere Thank You from your new(ish) OBOA President and Board -

It is already October and time has truly flown since our Annual Business Meeting in Sunriver July 31- August 1. I just wanted to say thank you for your support and the enthusiasm of the membership. I enjoy the communication and comments that come in and your OBOA Board and I hope we can live up to expectations.

Our new newsletter will be a monthly feature and we are working on formatting items that we may regularly include. The purpose of the newsletter is to be short and concise enough you will want to read it. It is also intended to contain useful information and keep you informed of what your OBOA Board is up to. Any suggestions from membership to that end are welcome as I am sure I the newsletter will evolve over time.

I like to thank our vendors, sponsors, and sister organizations who attended our ABM and made it a success. I also want to thank WABO President Ray Allshouse and First Vice president Kurt Aldworth for their attendance.  I attended their ABM a few weeks prior to ours and was met with a sincere and warm welcome. It was an honor to have them attend our ABM and I look forward to the shared special relationship reset that has started. The link to WABO’s ABM with photos and their President’s report is here. 

It was also an honor to have my good friend and your ICC Board Member and Oregon Liaison Jim Sayers do the swearing in.  Jim voice on the ICC Board as well as Chris Ochoa’s as our regional Government Relations Rep serve our Association well.

We are working on the social media aspect of communicating with membership, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook Page . Look for our future Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts coming soon!

Ted Zuk, CBO
OBOA President
Development Services Director/Building Official - Jackson County