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The North Peninsula Building Association represents builders and associates of the building industry. We advocate constant improvement of building and business practices to provide quality construction in our community.

Vol. 5, Issue 12


PO Box 748 • 3430 E. Highway 101, Ste. #1, Port Angeles, WA 98362

December 2012

Planning for Expo Part 2 Last month we provided tips on preparing for Expo 2013. The article covered booth format, before and after photos, enlisting personnel early, establishing a budget and talking to your vendors for literature and/ or financial assistance. When a company puts time and money into a project, there is an expectation of a positive return on investment. So it is the same with being an Expo exhibitor. What do you get for your expenditure on Expo? Here is a sample of what NPBA does for you to ensure your time at Expo is worthwhile. Advertising for Expo starts months in advance. Reminders and updates appear in the NPBA monthly newsletter, the weekly

Building Bulletin and at our membership networking events. Save the date advertising occurs in the fall and spring in the Sequim Gazette’s special sections and print advertising begins two weeks out from the event in the Peninsula Daily News. We also run ad campaigns on both KONP and KSQM radio stations prior to Expo. Rack cards are inserted into the Chamber of Commerce newsletters in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks as well as distributed by local businesses in their monthly statements. A social media campaign on Facebook also runs during the months of February and March and a stand-alone website

If you would like to register for Expo, please visit to download a registration form or give us a call at 452-8160 to register. provides convenient information about the event. The advertising culminates in the Official Program Guide which is produced and distributed by the Sequim Gazette and is delivered to all of the subscribers of the Gazette and Peninsula Daily News the week before Expo. All of this advertising and more is done for you, the exhibitor, to ensure success. And it pays you dividends when people attend and visit your booth!

NPBA Board Members and Staff wish you a Blessed Holiday Season!

Fill out your NAHB Membership Census Please be sure to return your NAHB Membership Census that was sent out on Monday, Dec. 3. This annual survey is an important tool to help ensure that the member services that NAHB delivers are timely, on target and geared to build their businesses. Members will be asked about: • Primary and secondary business activities (for example, building and remodeling) • The number of people they employ • The number of starts this year (for builder members) • 2012 revenue You also can choose to answer questions about your age, education and gender. Your response will be kept strictly confidential and only totals or averages will be released. Like any membership organization, it’s very important that NAHB know and understand the composition and characteristics of the people that it counts as members. Data from the annual census allows NAHB to construct detailed profiles of particular types of members, shedding light on the composition and characteristics of its membership. Member census results also are critical for broader industry analysis – particularly regarding housing policy issues, for membership marketing efforts and for member education activities. The census results will be available in two reports that will be posted on in the spring. Members who participate in the census are automatically entered to win a $250 American Express gift card after completing their forms. Members who do not wish to participate in the census but still want to enter the drawing to win the gift card can enter to win by visiting Please be on the lookout for the 2012 NAHB Membership Census – and please take the time to fill it out!

Vol. 5, Issue 12

December 2012

Save the date

for our next event: Jan. 24, 2013 — 6 p.m.

NPBA Installation of Officers Program: Social Media: What is it and why should you care? Presented by social media expert Michael Howe Jose’s Salsa Factory 126 E. Washington St., Sequim

NPBA Builders & Subcontractors,

ROII Best Practices Tip of the Month


Clallam and Jefferson County, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Sequim, Juan de Fuca Chapter of ICC

The State Building Code changes on a three-year cycle and we are coming to the end of the current three-year term. The proposed changes will sit through the next legislative session and become effective in July. Next year will see many revisions in both the building code and the energy code. Stay tuned to this column for an explanation to those changes.

For more information on this valuable member benefit, contact the NPBA office at 452-8160 or e-mail

Calendar of Events Jan. 10 Jan. 24 Feb. 7

Board of Directors Meeting General Membership Meeting — Installation of Officers Board of Directors Meeting

Feb. 23 Feb. 25-27 March 14 April 6-7

Third Annual NPBA Bowling Tournament BIAW Winter BOD Meetings, Olympia Board of Directors Meeting Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo

Be sure to use the following checklist when hiring your next employee: Obtain complete employment history Call prior employers. Ask … “Would you hire this person again?” Background checks: (Washington State Patrol, Washington courts, Court Trax, LexisNexis) Post job offer physical Post job offer drug testing Post job offer hearing exam (licensed audiologist) For more information about the ROII Select Program, call us at 452-8160.

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800-800-1577 *First Federal was voted Best Place to Bank and Best Customer Service in 2011 Peninsula Daily News ‘Best of the Peninsula’ poll. Member FDIC

Vol. 5, Issue 12 Did you know that the Department of Labor and Industries and Internal Revenue Service definitions of an independent contractor are different? In some cases, a worker who meets IRS requirements for an independent contractor will not meet state requirements and is actually a covered worker. It is a common misconception, especially with service and professional organizations, that if a contractor has a business license, he is an independent contractor. A business license alone does not meet state requirements. Anyone you contract with must meet ALL six parts of the test below in order to be exempt. RCW -51.08.180 and RCW 51.08.19-5: 1. Be free of your direction and control. 2. Need to pass one of the following three

December 2012

Dear Donna Donna L. Knifsend sub-tests: a. Perform a service which is outside the course of your business or b. Perform the service away from all your business locations, including all your job sites or c. Be responsible, both under the contract and in fact, for the cost of the principal place

NPBA Members in the News!

Estes Builders employees learn how to reduce their clients heating bills

Realizing that the building industry is constantly changing, Mike Lyckman and Larry Loucks of Estes Builders recently received training by longtime trade partner Mark Eveland with Air Flo Heating Company. Air Flo has been working with Estes Builders for more than 20 years as their choice for HVAC. Mark taught them effective ways to save clients money by using some of the latest advancements in the HVAC industry. Mark demonstrated the benefits of a variable speed air handler, heat pump efficiency in extreme cold weather and the cost and health benefits that electronic air filters provide. With this information, Larry and Mike said they are prepared and excited to pass this important information on to their clients who are looking at building a more efficient home and as a result have lower heating bills as well as a 3-5 year return on their initial investment.

New faces at Angeles Millworks and Hartnagel Building Supply Hartnagel Building Supply is pleased to announce the return of contractor salesperson Donna Hoyt, who specializes in window and cabinet sales. Donna is very knowledgeable about the rebates offered by the City of Port Angeles and Clallam County PUD weatherization programs. Homeowners may be eligible for a rebate of $6 per square foot for replacing drafty, old windows with new energy-efficient windows. Contact Donna Hoyt for more info and a free estimate, 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday at 417-8381. Angeles Millwork has hired two new members of the Contractor Sales team. Please join us in welcoming Paul Eyestone who knows his way around a set of blueprints and has a background in design. Rebecca Wells also has joined the team armed with enthusiasm and hardware store experience.

Free publicity opportunity

Feature article submissions are now being accepted from members for publication in our monthly NPBA newsletter. Introduce your company, staff, services or special news in a well-written, editorial article geared toward consumers, of up to 500 words. Be sure to supply a high-quality color photo, company logo and contact information. Submissions will be considered based on newsworthiness and relevance to the building industry. E-mail your story, photo and logo to or call 452-8160 for more information.

of business from which the service is performed. 3. Need to pass one of the following two sub-tests: a. Be customarily engaged in their own business to provide the services which are of the same nature as those performed under the contract or b. Provide a principal place of business that qualifies for an lRS business deduction; the place must be used regularly and exclusively for business purposes. 4. Be required under IRS rules to file a business tax return with the IRS.

5. Have an active account and an active unified business identifier number (UBI) with the Department of Revenue. 6. Maintain their own set of books and records showing business income and expenses. To contact Donna Knifsend, Esq. PC, call 360-670-9406 or e-mail her at Disclaimer: The advice given herein is strictly for informational purposes only and does not reflect advice to the readers. If you have a legal issue, see an attorney for full evaluation and advice.

Thank you to the following renewing members! Adamire Concrete & Excavation Alex Anderson Concrete Blake Tile & Stone Clallam County PUD D & H Enterprises D & K Painting Dry Creek Water Association Eden Excavating Ferguson Enterprises

First Federal Good Man Sanitation, Inc. Integrity Property Developers LBR Construction Mountain Propane NTI Engineering & Surveying Olympic Springs Thurman Supply WAVE Broadband

Vol. 5, Issue 12

December 2012

contractor SPotLIGHt



J. Grice Construction llc


(360) 457-1708 Jayson Grice began in the building trades as a house mover for his dad. After learning the intricacies of setting houses on foundations, Jayson founded J. Grice Construction LLC. For the last 34 years, Jayson has focused on raising and leveling buildings, adding foundations and basements, plus repairing and remodeling. “If a house is out of level, I enjoy making it flat again,” Jayson says. “It’s better to make sure it’s level before adding onto it, otherwise there can be problems,” he adds. A hands-on kind of guy, Jayson prefers having a small crew so that he can “keep his thumb on things.” Jayson typically stays busy through the winter when the rains come since he has the excavating equipment needed to get into yards and around existing homes to build curtain drains for water drainage.

“We contracted for the renovation of a building located in downtown P.A. The scope of work on this building is extensive. Jayson has taken on the old 1908 building project with an excellent attitude, a professional, knowledgeable, and thorough mind set. He has followed through on every issue, with no detail or request ignored.” — Teresa Erickson, Erickson Family Properties, llc

“I started shopping at Angeles Millwork when Bob Eshom owned it and have been shopping there and at Hartnagel Building Supply ever since. I always seem to need weird things. You can’t always slap T-111 siding on a building. I try to match the look of the original materials. They’ll find it and order it for me. Plus they know me and everybody is happy there. It’s a good way to start the day,” says Jayson.


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I think I am missing a headline for this article As most of you probably know, the Department of Ecology just imposed a rule for WRIA 18 East, basically covering Clallam County east of Morse Creek. This rule would forbid any new well usage without buying mitigation credits from a water bank. The cost can be in the thousands of dollars per well, depending on how much water you want to use and for what. In large parts of the affected area, the rule provides no assurance that any credits for outdoor water use will be available at all. If you already are living in a house but are not yet watering a garden or using water for livestock, beginning to do so would constitute a “new use” that would require purchasing mitigation credits. If you already have a permitted and drilled well, perhaps on a lot you bought for a future retirement home, but are not yet using it, you will have to buy mitigation credits. The rule also will require millions to be spent installing water meters on all new wells and millions more on monitoring them. Those who will be affected include those owning property in WRIA 18 West (up to west of the Elwha River), where the WRIA 18 East rule will likely serve as a template when a similar rule is imposed there in the near future, and those who own property not directly affected by the rule whose property taxes will increase to make up for the decrease in assessed value and property taxes of “water have not” properties affected by the rule. There are several serious problems with the rule. Arguably, it exceeds Ecology’s statutory authority by being triggered by required minimum instream flows that far exceed average historical stream flows, rather than just protecting existing stream flows as state law contemplates. The early draft of the Cost Benefit Analysis was heavily criticized during the comment period. Ecology has released final documents that the agency believes to have addressed many of the criticisms. These documents are being reviewed to determine if the concerns have been adequately addressed. Ecology received almost 1,000 comments on the rule, over 90 percent of them opposed, including those from the Board of County Commissioners, the Sequim City Council, the Director of Community Development and the PUD.

Commissioner Jim McEntire was able to negotiate with Ecology that they will provide up to $1,000 per building permit application toward mitigation credits until June next year. After that, continuation of this funding will be at the mercy of the state Legislature. A number of property owners and business organizations are preparing to take Ecology to court to protect property rights and our local economy and have the rule declared invalid. Such a challenge, however, will only occur if it can be funded from citizens’ contributions. If you might be willing to contribute to the costs of a challenge to the rule, please contact Greg McCarry at greg@westerrahomes. com or 360-509-0633. If you can indicate an amount or range (non-binding at this stage) you might be willing to contribute, that would be helpful, but we would like to hear from you in any event.

2012 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Rick Gross, Estes Builders LLC 1st Vice President: Garret DelaBarre DelaBarre Construction 2nd Vice President: Bill Feeley, Feeley Construction Inc. Treasurer: Julie Myers, First Federal Secretary: Donna Knifsend Lawsuit Prevention & Mgmt Immediate Past President: Tracy Gudgel Zenovic & Associates State Directors: Annie O’Rourke, Drafting Solutions Scott Schwagler, J & J Construction Garret DelaBarre, DelaBarre Construction Mark Smith Builder Directors: Alex Anderson, Alex Anderson Concrete Larry Hanna, L.P. Hanna Construction Bill Feeley, Feeley Construction Inc. Greg McCarry, Westerra Homes Associate Directors: Kelly Raymond Dan Donovan, Allform Welding Inc. Roger Wheeler, RJ Services Life Director: Bill Roberds, Excel Utility Construction Inc. Executive Officer: FaLeana Wech

NPBA December 2012 Newsletter  
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NPBA December 2012 Newsletter