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  • 16 Sep 2015 1:58 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    CMBA members met with building and planning officials from Sauk Rapids and Sartell to review ordinance language that would require a  Certificate of Survey at time of residential building permit.  Thanks to David Werschay, Werschay Homes; Terry Strus, Westwood Professional Services; and Jack Brandes, Lumber One, Avon for working through the proposed changes, including staking requirements, which are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016.

    We’re watching as area cities and counties begin to set 2016 fees, including those for development and building.  Stearns County is the first to set its public hearing: Oct. 13.

    Also watch for details in the CMBA’s Weekly Online about the  District 742 (St. Cloud) school levy referendum on November 3.  School district representatives are scheduled to present levy information during the CMBA’s Government Affairs Committee meeting on October 23.  The $167,000,000 referendum includes a new Technical High School; repair and renovation of the existing Apollo High School; construction of secure entries plus safety and security upgrades to various schools and facilities; and software, computer, mobile devices and technology systems throughout the district.  The additional estimated tax impact of first year is $302.34 for a $200,000 estimated market value, residential homestead property; $1,553.67 for a $500,000 commercial / industrial property.

    Take time to complete your BAM policy adoption survey now!  

    This important survey is open to all members and will run through mid-October. The survey is divided into three categories: Local Governments & the Environment, Construction Codes and Licensing, and Legal, Contracts and Business Transactions.  From Appraisals to Water Permitting, the survey is populated with policy items vital to our industry. 

    BAM staff will compile all of our members’ responses and in two meetings this Fall, the BAM Government Affairs (GA) Committee will select and approve BAM’s policy platform based on your survey responses.  BAM looks forward to seeing what our members and GA Committee set as our priorities for the 2016 legislative session!

    The value of a good defense cannot be overstated.  From a state government affairs perspective, the value of stopping a bad bill now is greater than the costs related to repealing a bad law later – both in terms of cost to your business and the expenditure of our industry’s political capital.  The value of a good offense is equally important, according to Forrest Cyr, BAM’s Communications & Government Affairs Associate.  Bringing new ideas to the legislature, instead of always saying no, solidifies our industry’s place at the table. 

    Engaged membership is of the greatest value the Builders Association of Minnesota.  The credibility, insights, and relationships each member of BAM brings to the table are essential to BAM’s ability to execute a strong defense and effective offense.  The act of participating in advocacy may feel like an intangible, however, ideas set in motion often become a tangible law with real impacts – positive or negative – to your business.

    Completing the survey will assist BAM to help you make the most of your passion for the future of the industry.  Details are on the CMBA Blog; www.cmbaonline.org

    Sixth District Congressman Tom Emmer

    Emmer  recently visited the CMBA and met with members concerning federal issues impacting the building industry.  Discussion topics included appraisals, Davis-Bacon requirements, endangered species, immigration and potential employees, lead paint rule, recent National Labor Relations Board – NLRB – rulings.

    Facebook Post with images

    L to R, front: Representative Tama Theis; Gloria Vande Brake, Infinite Mpressions dba Minuteman Press; Sue Lentner, Tri-County Abstract and Title Guaranty; Will Huston, Westwood Professional Services. Back: Remi Stone, BAM; Jane DeAustin, CMBA; Mike Gohman, W. Gohman Construction; Congressman Tom Emmer; Dale Gruber, Dale Gruber Construction; Matt Cecko, Home Check Plus; Jeff Schoenwetter, JMS Homes; Bonnie Moeller, CMBA

    Questions?  Would like more information?  Please contact the CMBA office; we are here to help you!


  • 18 Aug 2015 2:11 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    It’s time to start thinking about classes and training to increase your skills and knowledge.

    St. Cloud Technical and Community College Fall Classes are starting in September! 

    Register Now! SCTCC is offering the following classes:

    Autodesk Inventor 2015 – Basics Refresher

    Starts:  October 19    

    www.sctcc.edu/inventor

    NEC – National Electric Code

    Starts:  September 17 

    www.sctcc.edu/NEC

    (Various classes throughout the year.)

    OSHA 10 Hour – General Industry Safety Training

    Starts:  September 22    

    www.sctcc.edu/osha-10-general

    OSHA 30 Hour – General Industry Safety Training

    Starts:  October 12    

    www.sctcc.edu/osha-30-general


    For a listing of other classes: 

    www.sctcc.edu/trade-industry

    For assistance with registration or training at your site or for customized training please contact me directly.

    Respectfully,

    Cheryl Brown St. Cloud Technical & Community College

    Client Partner – Business & Industry Training Solutions

    1215 15th St. N. | St. Cloud, MN 56303

    Phone: 320.308.5300  Fax: 320.308.5568

    www.sctcc.edu/trade-industry


  • 11 Aug 2015 11:49 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Building a single family home in St. Cloud?  

    The Building Safety Department has a six page checklist of all permits, applicable codes, required submittal documents, minimum plan requirements, and more.

    Building permit checklist St. Cloud.pdf


  • 27 Jul 2015 10:05 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Thanks so much to all for supporting the CMBA 29th annual golf outing!  We had 168 golfers networking and enjoying the day. 

    With your help, we were able to raise revenue for our scholarships and educational programs. 

    These sponsors, donations, participating teams and committee members are very much appreciated!

    Gulfeagle Supply                                  Corporate Gold Tee sponsor

    Company                                              Hole                  Sponsorship

    Rinke Noonan                                       1                        Tee

    BankVista                                             2                        Tee/Green

    AGStar Financial Services                      3                        Tee

    Hardrives, Inc.                                     4                        Tee/Green

    Stearns Electric Association                  5                        Tee

    Tri-County Abstract & Title Guaranty   6                        Tee

    Rengel Printing Company                     7                        Tee/Green

    Caesarstone                                         8                        Green

    Central MN Credit Union                      8                        Tee

    Marvin Windows                                  9                        Tee/Green

    The Builders Group                              10                      Tee

    Trustone Financial                                10                      Green

    Finken Companies                                11                      Tee

    Brandl Motors                                       11                      Green

    Thermo-Tech Windows                        12                      Tee/Green

    Liberty Savings Bank                           13                      Tee/Green

    Simonson Lumber                               14                      Tee/Green

    Great River Federal Credit Union          15                      Tee

    Quarry Title & Closing                         16                      Tee

    Bayer Built Woodworks, Inc.               17                      Tee/Green

    St. Cloud Area Assoc. of Realtors         18                      Tee & Meal Sponsor

    H&S Heating A/C
    Residential & Service LLC                    18                      Green

    Brock White Co.                                   Driving Range sponsor

    Minnwest Bank                                     Fishing Hole sponsor

    Bayer Built Woodworks, Inc.                Beverage Cart sponsor

    Brock White Co.                                   Beverage Cart sponsor

    ProBuild                                               Beverage Cart sponsor

    Times Media                                         Cart/Meal sponsor

    Miller Auto Plaza                                  Cart

    TriComm Security                                Cart

    Thank you to these companies for door prizes.

    Agstar, wine basket

    BankVista, $50 MC

    Xcel Energy, 2 $50 restaurant gift cert.

    Trustone Financial, $25 gift card

    Probuild, Mills Fleet GC $25

    Probuild, Golf Balls

    Miller Auto Plaza, 2 oil changes 

    Brock White, phone charger

    BankVista, $50 MC

    Golf Teams - Sold Out event!

    Acme Tools

    American Door Works

    Bayer Built Woodworks

    BD Exteriors

    Benusa Appliance Sales & Service

    Brenny Custom Cabinets, Inc

    Brock White Co.

    Central Minnesota Credit Union - Team 1

    Central Minnesota Credit Union - Team 2

    Charlies Angel's

    Combatt Team

    Darlington Construction

    Falcon National Bank

    Finken Companies

    Godzilla Brenny Real Estate

    Gopher State Contractors

    Gulfeagle Supply - Team 1

    Gulfeagle Supply - Team 2

    Gulfeagle Supply - Team 3

    Gulfeagle Supply - Team 4

    H&S Heating &  A/C Residential & Service LLC

    Hardrives, Inc.

    Hirshfields Paint

    Home Check Plus, Inc.

    JME Companies

    KDV

    Mark J. Traut Wells

    Mathew Hall Lumber

    Mechanical Energy Systems

    Meemken Custom Homes, Inc

    Menards

    Minnesota Lighting, Fireplace, Flooring Showroom

    ProBuild - Team 1

    ProBuild - Team 2

    ProBuild - Team 3

    Ron's Cabinets - Team 1

    Ron's Cabinets - Team 2

    Thermo-Tech Windows

    TriComm Security

    United Products "A Division of Allied"

    W. Gohman Construction dba Artistic Stone & Concrete

    Westwood Professional Services, Inc.

    Xcel Energy

    Thanks to the committee members who provide an enjoyable golf outing for the CMBA members and their guests.

    Chair Angie Hill, Granite Services

    Kurt Koopmeiners, Acme Tools

    Tammy Reis, American National Bank of MN

    Jamie Kuklok, Corporate Connection, Inc

    Allen Faber, Great River Federal Credit Union

    Jen Peters, Gulfeagle Supply

    Nicholas Delaney, Rinke-Noonan

    Amanda Schreiner, Schreiner Appraisal, LLC

    Steve Squire, Simonson Lumber

    Mary Schneider, Tri-County Abstract and Title Guaranty

    Matt Nikodym, UBS Financial Services, Inc

    Jim Heckendorf, Werschay Homes, Inc




  • 10 Jul 2015 3:35 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)
    Feeling Creepy?  

    Minnesota’s residential code has addressed termites for decades, and its preventative construction methods continue to exist in the newly adopted 2015 Residential Building Code. Our climate and building techniques make termite infestation a low risk in our state. Nevertheless, HUD / FHA recently updated its guidelines regarding disclosures and potential pest tests and treatments. Interestingly, the newly released guidelines were prepared in consultation with the National Pest Management Association, a trade organization representing the pest management industry. 
     
    For builders, the code provisions are nothing new. What is new is that FHA may be securing new disclosures or pest testing / treatment at the time of closing.

    Builders and realtors working with FHA buyers may hear more about this from the lending community unless the home is located in one of the “Termite Treatment Exception Areas”. In Minnesota the exception areas are: Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin Counties. It may be required in any other county. 

    See HUD’s list at: 
    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=SFH_POLI_TERMITE.pdf
     
    Members interested in the federal regulations regarding termite protection can find them at 24CFR §200.926e(g) and Mortgagee Letter 2001-04. They reference the code's termite requirements found in Minnesota’s adopted IRC section 318.1 “PROTECTION AGAINST SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES’.
     
    HUD’s official statement on the matter is below.
     
    “Do all areas require termite inspections and treatment?
     
    FHA no longer mandates automatic inspections for wood destroying insects or organisms in existing properties (over one year old). However, pest inspections are required if, there is evidence of active infestation, it is mandated by the state or local jurisdiction, it is customary to area, or at the lender’s discretion. 
 
     
    The appraiser must report any evidence of infestation in the “improvements section” of the appraisal report under “foundation” by marking the evidence of infestation box. The box is checked only if there is evidence of infestation which may include the appraiser noting a prior treatment. 
     
    FHA requires a clear pest inspection report on Wood Destroying Insects/Organisms only if there is evidence of active infestation, it is mandated by the state or local jurisdiction, is customary to the area, or at the lender’s discretion.  
     
    “Customary to the area” would be driven by local market practices such as incorporating provisions addressing termite or wood destroying organisms in the standard real estate sales contract in termite prone areas or where the potential of infestation exists, or local requirements such as states requiring the use of their own wood destroying insects/organism form.  
     
    Lender discretion and prudent underwriting is key to properly evaluating the risk associated with a property’s condition including its geographic location. Lenders may refer to the Termite Infestation Probability (TIP) zones and use that information as one of the tools in their determination of whether or not to require a pest inspection.  
     
    A copy of the TIP zones map is on the NPMA website at http://www.npmapestworld.org/techresources/hud.cfm  
     
    Handbook 4150.2 Appendix D
    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh  
     
    ML 01-04, ML 0311  
    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/hudclips/letters/mortgagee

    Star Tribune Article:  U.S. housing agency wants Minnesota builders to watch for termites
    http://m.startribune.com/business/306331041.html?section=/business
     



  • 10 Jul 2015 3:31 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)
    Feeling Leaky?
     
    Members have been asking for more direction regarding duct leakage. BAM’s newest code guide, Basic Requirements for Duct Leakage Testing, is designed to help you with this issue. The guide has been reviewed by DLI and industry professionals to ensure it addresses the code’s requirements. You can find it here at:  http://bamn.org/members/member-guide-duct-leakage-testing/ (member log-in required).
     


  • 07 Jul 2015 9:38 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Minimum wage set to increase Aug. 1, 2015

    $9 an hour for large employers, $7.25 for small employers

    Minnesota's minimum-wage rates increase Aug. 1. To help employers

     understand the requirements, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has updated its minimum-wage fact sheets; both are available at www.dli.mn.gov/MinWage.


     As of Aug. 1, 2015

    ·        Large employers must pay at least $9 an hour (annual gross volume of sales made or 

    ·        business done of $500,000 or more).

    ·        Small employers must pay at least $7.25 an hour (annual gross volume of sales made or business done of less than $500,000).

    ·        Training wage rate is $7.25 an hour (90-day training rate paid to employees who are younger than 20 years of age).

    ·        Youth wage rate is at least $7.25 an hour (paid to employees younger than 18 years of age).


  • 23 Apr 2015 10:10 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    by Craig Schoenberg, Schoenberg Construction, Inc.

    What is a Storm Chaser?

    Companies that follow severe weather from area to area, completing home repairs (generally roofs and siding) that are damaged by hail and wind, and may advertise themselves as insurance recovery experts or specialists in insurance restoration. 

    Why are Storm Chasers fraudulent?

    Insurance fraud:  if the homeowner signs a contract allowing a company to negotiate with homeowner’s insurance company:   

    • homeowners may be waiving their right to any decision making regarding their repairs or replacement. 
    • they lose control over the insurance settlement, and the entire check of the payment may legally need to be signed over to the storm chaser- regardless of the quality or quantity of work completed.\

    How to spot a storm chaser

    Storm chasers usually:
    • Come door to door and try to get you to sign something immediately
    • Use high pressure sales tactics
    • Offer you a “Free Roof” or “Free Siding” or offer a way around paying a deductible (this is insurance fraud!)
    • Have out-of-state license plates or drivers license (and YES! you can & should ask to see a drivers license to verify identity.)
    • Are unable to produce recent, local references (or references from before the storm date)
    • Are unable to produce local supplier references (always check references from a potential contractors’ suppliers. If suppliers aren’t paid in a timely fashion by a contractor, they can legally place a lien on your home)
    • Are unable to produce a roofing license and certificate of insurance with the same identification information. A legitimate local company should show you a builders license and a Certificate of Liability/Workers Compensation both issued in the same name. If the names don’t match, you may not be protected.

    Local Economic Impact

    Some storm chasers lease local company names so they appear to be local. Once they complete their work in the area, they leave. The local company is then responsible for the warranty work. 

    They deprive local contractors of business and decrease the number of resources you have when your roof suddenly springs a leak.  By employing a local contractor to complete your repairs, you are helping to employ local workers.

    Licensed, local builders and roofers who are part of the Builders Association are listed in the CMBA directory; check for MN licensed builders at the Department of Labor and Industry




  • 21 Apr 2015 4:41 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule extending the certifications of thousands of individual renovators under the Lead: Renovation Repair and Painting Program (LRRP). This is good news for more than 200,000 certified renovators who would otherwise have been shut out of the opportunity to take advantage of online-only training included in revisions proposed by the EPA to the refresher training requirement.

    Under the final rule:

    • Individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010, now have until March 31, 2016, to get re-certified.
    • Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their five-year certification.
    Subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years.



  • 20 Apr 2015 11:49 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Smartbuildingmn.comdoes some of the sifting for you and to deliver the best content related to smart building practices. 

    May is National Remodeling Month - here are the steps to succeed at remodeling the 'Older Home'. 

    Energy Efficient Remodeling in Central MN

    I can’t help myself.  I’m a lover of old houses – also known as ‘previously owned’.  I love the challenge of making the remodel work within the constraints of the space and architecture.  I also love the idea of taking something already built and re-vitalizing it.  Part of this revitalization is efficiency and maintenance.

    Why buy used?  If you are looking for a lot that is larger in size with more mature landscaping; a house that has added character; solid construction with old growth wood ~ then you may want to consider an existing house. click to read all


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