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  • 07 Jun 2021 1:26 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    Apply to serve on a board or council

    Construction Codes Advisory Council

    The Construction Codes Advisory Council reviews laws, codes, rules, standards and licensing requirements related to building construction. One seat is open for application:

    • public utility representative

    Apply to serve on the Construction Codes Advisory Council

    Board of Electricity

    The Board of Electricity adopts rules and amends the National Electrical Code, issues final interpretations and adopts rules to regulate electrical businesses and individual licensure and continued education. One seat is open for application:

    • electrical supplier in rural area

    Apply to serve on the Board of Electricity.

    Questions?


  • 04 Jun 2021 3:02 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    On May 28, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance stating that employers can require employees to be vaccinated, unless they have a qualifying exemption, in which case the employer would need to provide reasonable accommodations. The EEOC explained that a reasonable accommodation might include allowing an unvaccinated employee to wear a face mask or social distance in the office, or work from home. The new guidance also states that employers can offer incentives, so long as they are not coercive, to encourage employees to get vaccinated.

  • 04 Jun 2021 2:33 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    New State Government Shutdown Parameters

    The Legislature’s first self-imposed post-session deadline has now come and gone. By May 28th, leaders had pledged to release spreadsheets for each budget bill. A few spreadsheets were released on June 3rd, but many are still not complete. It is likely that they will also miss their second deadline, which is to release bill language by today (June 4th).

    Budget negotiations have been going on behind closed doors, leaving both the public and many lawmakers in the dark. 
    From the small amount of public engagement that has occurred, it appears a couple of the main sticking points in negotiations are clean cars emissions standards and police reform measures.

    We anticipate a June 14th Special Session to complete budget work, but it is possible there won't be an agreement.

    If the Legislature fails to pass a budget by July 1, the state will shut down. This time around, a shutdown would look very different than the last time the state shut down in 2011. This is due to a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that came from the Senate v. Dayton lawsuit of 2017. The lawsuit was prompted by then-Gov. Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s funding.

    Part of the result of that lawsuit was the following: “No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law.” This means that the court will not authorize funding of core functions of government in the event the governor vetoes funding or if the legislature does not pass a budget on time.

    So, the stakes are much higher now. During the 2011 shutdown, about 80 percent of government functions were considered essential and continued to receive state funding during the 20-day standoff. Because of the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in 2017, that would not happen this time. However, in the court opinion, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote, “Our decision today should not be read to foreclose the possibility of a judicial remedy in a different situation."


  • 03 Jun 2021 1:50 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    Sartell Community and Economic Development Director, Scott Saehr, has announced the Sartell Planning Commission will not meet June 7th:

    With a lack of agenda items, we will be cancelling [the Monday, June 7th] Planning Commission meeting. We have a number of things to bring to the board, but we are waiting on submittals.

    Here are a few development items to look forward to:

    • Sartell Crossing Development (Commercial Development near the intersection of Trunk Hwy 15/County Rd1)
    • Jason Ferche is working on two concept plans near the roundabout of 4th Ave/Heritage
    • I haven’t received any recent updates from StorageLink, but I anticipate movement soon
    • New development in Benton County with a potential rezone request
    • Final Plat for Midnight Oaks Estates – we will have the preliminary plat public hearing on June 14th
    • Providence Third Addition development should be coming forward in July
    • Ferche Plat 11 is under construction and plans for a pediatric dentistry have been submitted
    • There has also been some movement on the Charles Gregg Addition development north of Walmart

    I do anticipate a potential special meeting to be called later in June primarily for the commercial development, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.

    Scott Saehr

    Director of Community & Economic Development

    Assistant City Administrator, City of Sartell

    320.258.7316



  • 03 Jun 2021 1:43 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Tues., June 15, 8-9 a.m. - Mark your calendars! This month’s CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting will feature an update on federal efforts to improve lumber prices and materials delays, and (hopefully) a post mortem on the Minnesota Legislature's anticipated June 14th Special Session. We'll check on any residual employer requirements related to COVID-19. We’ll look at local city and county activities, and we'll welcome City Administrator, Bill McCabe, to share with us what is going on in the City of St. Augusta.  All CMBA members are welcome, and for information about joining in-person or virtually, contact: Steve Gottwalt, steve@cmbaonline.org, 952-923-5265.


  • 10 May 2021 2:08 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Tues., May 18, 8-9 a.m. - This month’s CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting will feature a fresh update on our efforts with NAHB to address skyrocketing lumber prices and materials delays.  We will learn whether or not the Minnesota Legislature completed its budget work by the May 17th deadline, what they accomplished and what’s ahead.  We’ll look at local city and county activities, including the latest work force/affordable housing discussions.  And we’ll get a unique opportunity to learn more about development priorities in the City of Waite Park from the city’s Planning and Community Development Director, Jon Noerenberg.  Contact: Steve Gottwalt, steve@cmbaonline.org, 952-923-5265.

  • 10 May 2021 11:48 AM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    CMBA joined with BAM and others in urging the State Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to use some of its Contractor Recovery Fund to help raise consumer awareness about the importance of working with licensed builders. DLI just launched the awareness campaign:

    CCLD launches campaign to increase consumer awareness of risks of hiring unlicensed contractors

    DLI's Construction Codes and Licensing Division has launched a consumer awareness campaign that aims to educate Minnesotans about the importance of hiring licensed contractors. It includes ads in newspapers and on billboards, commercials on radio, search engine ads via Google and Bing, online ads, as well as ads on social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram. Instagram post

    Contact:  Steve Gottwalt, CMBA Government Affairs Consultant, steve@cmbaonline.org, 952-923-5265

  • 30 Apr 2021 11:34 AM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    MN Environmental Quality Board Opening

    Are you or do you know someone who might be interested in a seat on the state's Environmental Quality Board? The application is open for a Public Board Member position representing Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. This district spans parts of Benton, Carver, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka and Washington Counties, including the Saint Cloud area, Big Lake, Hugo, and Waconia.
     
    Serving on the Environmental Quality Board is a unique opportunity to shape environmental issues in Minnesota, including those impacting development and home building. Public Board Members bring the voices of Minnesotans from around the state into decision-making, helping the Board think in new ways about environmental challenges and solutions.
     
    To learn more, visit the Environmental Quality Board’s Join the Board page. The position is open until filled and the term begins in January 2022.

  • 19 Apr 2021 12:46 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    CMBA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS      April 19,2021

    CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting, April 20th 8-9 AM

    The CMBA Government Affairs Committee meets this Tuesday, April 20th, 8:00-9:00 AM at the CMBA offices and online via Zoom.  Get updates on the latest federal, state and local government affairs developments.  We welcome special guest, Sauk Rapids Community Development Director, Todd Schultz. To join and for more details, contact Steve Gottwalt, steve@cmbaonline.org, 952-923-5265. 

    Lumber Prices Hit All-Time High

    From the editors of The Kiplinger Letter, April 9, 2021:

    . . . This year’s surge in commodity prices is unlikely to ease anytime soon. Why? The combo of rising demand and production capacity constraints, which for many commodities started during last year’s pandemic-related lockdowns.  Take lumber. Prices have more than doubled in the past five months, recently hitting a new all-time high, as a strong builder’s market collides with sawmill capacity constraints. The supply picture will improve with time, but a torrent of construction activity will keep prices high for the foreseeable future.  (https://letter.kiplinger.com)

    ShapeStearns 2040 Committee Considering RV Park Changes April 26th

    The ShapeStearns 2040 (Stearns County’s Comprehensive Plan Update) Ordinance Review Committee meets Monday, April 26th, at 3:30 PM.  Click here to watch the meeting live  The Committee will be reviewing Ordinance language for recreational vehicle parks and recreational vehicles on single lots.  The Agenda and Meeting Packet are available here.

    DLI Begins Enforcing GFCI Receptacle and Outlet Requirements In Electrical Code

    Due to concerns regarding the availability of 2-pole GFCI circuit breakers, DLI delayed enforcement of the requirements for 250-volt GFCI receptacles and outlet requirements found in NEC 210.8(A) and 210.8(F) last fall.  Effective April 5th, DLI has started enforcing the GFCI receptacle and outlet requirements because industry circuit breaker manufacturers have indicated supply-chain challenges have been resolved. Electrical work authorized by permits issued on or after April 5, 2021, must comply with the 2020 NEC.

    MnDOT Spring Road Load Limits Continue In Central Minnesota

    The MN Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has ended spring load restrictions (SLR) in the Southeast and Metro frost zones effective April 12th. Spring load restrictions are still in effect in the South, CENTRAL, NORTH-CENTRAL and North frost zones. Frost zones and restricted routes can be found on the MnDOT load limits map. Start and end dates and other load limit information are shown at https://mndot.gov/loadlimits.


  • 12 Apr 2021 10:54 AM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

    CMBA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REPORT – 4/12/21

    CMBA Submits Letter Opposing New Climate Change Mitigation Language

    CMBA has joined other organizations in opposing proposed new climate change mitigation language the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board wants to add to new home development Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAW) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). The new climate change language has not been discussed with legislators or other regulatory agencies, and threatens to create a new opportunity for denying new housing developments.

    CMBA Helps Prevent New Street Impact Fees

    As the Minnesota Legislature released its omnibus bills last week, we were pleased to see new street impact fees were not included.  Cities have been seeking new authority to impose street impact fees that would add an estimated $8,000-10,000 to each new home. These would be new fees paid on a prospective basis prior to platting a new development.  CMBA Board member, Mike Gohman, testified against the fees, and CMBA worked with BAM, Housing First Minnesota and others to block the measure.  "As we discuss housing affordability concerns, we cannot at the same time be piling-on with new fees," said CMBA Executive Director, Wanda Schroeder. "Cities already have the ability to cover necessary infrastructure costs through existing fee and taxing authority."

    BAM Virtual Builders Day At The Capitol, Wednesday, April 14th

    BAM Builders Day at the Capitol is our annual event for CMBA members and builders from around the state to advocate with their lawmakers about issues impacting our industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is virtual via Zoom.  This event is open to any CMBA member, and we encourage you to participate. If you have not already, please register at this link: https://forms.gle/9i7QzXVKcdjs8dok9. CMBA is scheduled to connect with our area legislators 11:30-12:15.  For more details, visit the Events page at cmbaonline.org.

    CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 20th

    CMBA GA Committee meets Tuesday, April 20th, 8:00-9:00 AM at the CMBA offices and via Zoom.  We will provide fresh updates of legislative activities at the state and federal levels, and cover local developments.  We will also continue our connections with local development officials as we welcome Sauk Rapids Director of Community Development, Todd Schultz. If you would like to be added to the CMBA Government Affairs Committee distribution, email steve@cmbaonline.org.


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