CMBA Government Affairs Update - April 19, 2021

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


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,, 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.  (

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

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