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CATTPAC and C.A.T.T. Community Project Welcome New Board Members


uring the fall months, CATT’s sister organizations CATTPAC (Political Action Committee) and C.A.T.T. Community Project (501c3 charity) added new board members. Welcome to these dedicated leaders: CATTPAC Jim Easterbrook, Easterbrook Painting Mick Horn, The Michael Horn Company Ziggy Vogelsberger, TNT Materials The Mission of CATTPAC is: To raise funds, industry and public awareness so as to support Political Candidates, initiatives, measures, and campaigns that support the best interests of the building industry in our region. C.A.T.T. Dave Rhoden, Caseywood Corporation Community Paul Griggs, Griggs Custom Homes Project Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin John Manocchio, Waddell & Reed The Mission of C.A.T.T. Community Project is: To be a conduit for funds, materials, volunteerism and project coordination towards the restoration or construction of selected structures that are deemed beneficial to the community. Donations can be made to both groups as part of your annual membership renewal (mailed out December 9) or online via the CATT website Simply visit the main CATT web page and then look across the menu bar for the PAC or Community Project selection. For more information, contact Amanda Bullard at the CATT office 530-550-9999 or

CATT Renewal Incentive Program Please look for your membership renewal notice in your mailbox shortly. All renewing members who pay in full by January 31 will be entered into a drawing to win a Flat-Screen TV, compliments of your Membership Committee.

~ Members Helping Members ~ Chairman Gary Crosswhite (Meridian Concrete), Vice Chair Michael Ellis (Reno Truss), Secretary Ryan Swenson (Simpson Strong-Tie), Jerry Forsch (Reno GMC Buick Cadillac), John Manocchio (Waddel & Reed), Rick Venturini (EZ3D Living), Gerald Wallace (Truckee Stone & Tile Cleaning), Scott Ruzich and Amy Trumble (Epic AV Automation), Deb Kelly & Mark Dickson (Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc.), Julie Johnson-Holland (Interior Design by Julie Johnson-Holland), Norin Mack & Tim Kawelmacher (Ferguson Enterprises), Kate Mendez (Hotel Truckee Tahoe), Sally Brinkerhoff (Front and Bridge), Stephanie Kiser (BMD, Inc.), Elise Fett (Elise Fett & Associates)


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tHURSDAY, May 1 5-7 PM Epic AV Automation

tUESDAY, July 15 5–7 PM Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery

2014 Mixer Schedule/TV Contest Cover

Truckee Building & Safety News


President/Executive Director Columns 3

TTUSD Informal Bidding Notice


CATT Calendar


Sewer Lateral Inspections


LGAC Schedule


Q&A/Classified Ads


Member News


New Members/CATT Stats


Notice of Annual Meeting


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A Note from THE

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he results are in from the CATT Board of Directors election. CATT is happy to welcome Rich Loverde, Loverde Builders, Ken Foster, K.B. Foster Civil Engineering, and Josh Root, Root of Design Electric, back to the Board. As well, we welcome a new face to the board. Ryan Swenson with Simpson Strong-Tie is the newest addition to the Board of Directors. Ryan is no stranger to CATT; he sits on most sub committees and helps with every event CATT hosts. Ryan will be a great addition to the board and we are excited to welcome him. The Christmas Holiday Party is shaping up to be one of the best ever. I hope everyone has their tickets already because seats are filling up fast. Thank you to BMD and Marvin for sponsoring the event. At the CATT office there are many day to day operations. One of the biggest jobs is lobbying for contractors at the various agencies around Lake Tahoe and Truckee. From time to time there is a need to hire an attorney or a consultant to help in our efforts of lobbying for contractors. This year we are setting up a legal defense fund to pay for the attorneys or consultants that we hire. If you would like to help by giving money, please contact the CATT office or look for the information that is with your renewal notice. Michael Forshee, President

DECEMBER December 1 – Seniors’ Pancake Breakfast in Truckee December 2 – Board Meeting December 3 – Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting December 6 – Christmas Holiday Party in Olympic Valley December 11 – Membership Committee Meeting December 16 – Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting December 19 – Remodel Committee Meeting December 24/25 – Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

JANUARY January 1 – Office Closed for New Year Holiday January 6 – Board Meeting January 8 – Membership Committee Meeting January 13 – Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting January 16 – Remodel Committee Meeting January 20 – Office Closed for Martin Luther King Holiday


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Executive Director


ATT is a strong association because of you­—our loyal members. We are fortunate to be in a location where the overall economy has seen strong rebound from the recession. Many members, although not all, can attest to the improving construction picture. We exist to help you succeed. Don’t be shy—please do not hesitate to contact me (530-550-9999 or with any questions, concerns, ideas, or suggestions about CATT policies and programs. Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Committee Schedule

Upcoming CATT LGAC (Local Government Affairs Committee) meetings and guest speakers—all meetings are 4:00 PM at the CATT office. Any member is welcome to attend. December 16 January 13 February 10

Truckee Chief Building Official Johnny Goetz Placer County Chief Building Official Tim Wegner Truckee Fire Protection District Board Chairman

Pat Davison, Executive Director


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Rubicon Granite Co. is hosting a product unveiling of “Neolith Sintered Porcelain Slab” at The Blue Coyote Bar & Grill, located at 10015 Palisades Drive, Suite D, in Truckee. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. CATT members are welcome to attend this product unveiling. Contact Brock West with Rubicon Granite (530-386-8208 or rubicon. for additional information. The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce recently announced winners of their 2013 Awards. Melody Rebbeck (Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee) won the Ambassador of the Year award. Numerous CATT members were nominated for various awards: Hospitality - Shelly Wright (Plumas Bank), Melody Rebbeck; New Business – Linchpin Structural Engineering; Small Business – The Law Offices of Molsby & Bordner, Spirit Tahoe Interior Design; Large Business – Mountain Hardware & Sports; and Volunteer – Tally Brand (Wells Fargo of CA Insurance Services). CATT was nominated for the Non-Profit of the Year but did not win this time. PPG color expert Fawn Chang gave a presentation titled “Global Design and Color Trends 2014 for Residential Interiors” at Precision Flooring Solutions on November 14. The informative program was attended by about 15 people, many of whom were designers or realtors. Seth Kielas of Loverde Builders has a new title – Truckee Planning Commissioner. Seth was appointed by Truckee Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee and took his seat at the November 19 Commission meeting.

Photos (clockwise): Melody Rebbeck – 2013 TDCC Award Winner Fawn Chang giving a presentation at Precision Flooring Solutions Seth Kielas at Truckee Planning Commission meeting

NOTICE of ANNUAL MEETING Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:00 PM CATT Office: 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee

CATT Bylaws require that a meeting of the general membership shall be held each year, usually in January or a month selected by the Board. (Article 5, Section 1). This is called the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, each committee chair will give a report on his/her committee’s activities for the past year and goals for the coming year. Members are welcome to attend this meeting. Please call the CATT office 530-550-9999 for more details.


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TRUCKEE BUILDING & SAFETY DIVISION NEWS New Policy Allows Alternate Handrail Design


by Johnny Goetz

s the Town Chief Building Official, I received a request from Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company (TTLC) to allow the use of an alternate handrail design provided in the Kelleher Molding Book. Specifically, the alternate design request is for product “F506 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” Mushroom Handrail. As the TTLC request states, this is not an uncommon handrail design and in fact is allowed in other jurisdictions across the State of California. Per the 2010 California Building Code (CBC), the Building Official is authorized to grant modifications provided it meets the intent of the code. Specifically, chapter 1, section 104.11, of the 2010 CBC addresses “Alternative materials, design, and methods of construction and equipment,” and allows these provided such approval has been granted. Moreover, the section in part reads “…An alternative material, design, or method of construction shall be approved where the Building Official finds that the proposed design is


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Notice Inviting Qualified Contractors for the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act – Informal Bidding Process


he Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (“District”) invites all interested contractors to be included on the District’s List of Qualified Contractors for the 2014 calendar year. Contractors on the List will receive a “Notice Inviting Bids” for public projects between $30,000 and $175,000 in their qualified work category. Only qualified contractors will be notified. For more information about this process, please refer to California Public Contract Code Section 22034. All contractors interested in being added to the District’s Qualified Contractors List should complete the Informal Bidding-Contractor Application form, available through the District or your local trade journal. The application is also available for download at (on the main webpage, click on the Facilities link at the right side of the page and select the Contractor Informal Bid Application link). Completed applications should be mailed, emailed, or faxed it to: Becca McGough Facilities Department-Tahoe Truckee Unified School District 11603 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161; Phone: 530-582-2540; Fax: 530-587-6109 Placement on the qualified contractors list will be valid for two (2) years from the date of application. After that time, the contractor will be responsible for resubmitting an updated application to the District.

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satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purposes intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, and safety.” Based on the above code section and the sample provided, I approve the use of product “F506 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” Mushroom Handrail” as a type 1 handrail for Single Family Residences (SFR) only. Please see attached sketch of the proposed handrail for reference only (not to scale or to be copied) as a guideline for the alternate design. This is not approved for multi-family or commercial use in any situation that may arise, without prior approval from the Building Official. This policy change is effective as of November 4, 2013, and shall remain in effect unless repealed by the Building Official. The Building Official reserves the right to revoke this alternate if determined that any of the above requirements have diminished or are not being followed at any time. Should you have any questions, please give me a call to discuss further at 530-582-2905 or via email at


he Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) is the public agency responsible for the collection and conveyance of wastewater in the greater Truckee area. Formed in 1906, the TSD owns, operates, and maintains the sewer mains in the street and laterals up to the property line. TSD also inspects laterals installed on private property to ensure compliance with TSD Code. To make sure your sewer lateral installation goes efficiently, familiarize yourself with the TSD Code, available online at Here are 8 tips to avoid common problems: 1. Contact TSD’s inspection department (587-3804) early in the design/ construction process to get a copy of the as-built map showing the location of the lateral stub for your parcel. 2. Always field verify the depth of your lateral to ensure you have adequate cover and slope. Not all lots designated for pump systems will require pumps. 3. Open a Preliminary Sewer Lateral Inspection Agreement if you want to install the sewer lateral before you acquire a building permit. 4. Pay special attention to getting adequate compaction beneath the lateral near cleanouts. 5. Schedule your 2nd pressure test and tv inspections before the snow falls. These inspections can occur as soon as site grading is complete. 6. Don’t remove seal caps without TSD approval ($500 fine). Seal cap removal can occur as soon as the local building department has passed the drywall nailing inspection. If conflicts make removal of the seal cap necessary before drywall nailing, call TSD to schedule an inspection to reset the seal cap. 7. If you are installing a pump system, contact TSD for a field meet to discuss pump system options. 8. Contact TSD early on commercial projects or remodels to verify sewer facilities and fee requirements. Following these 8 tips will help your installation go smoothly.

Monday, January 6, 2014 • 5:00 PM Meeting Location: CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee Call the office 530-550-9999 for details or to get the agenda


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Capitol Connection

Q&A for Contractors

By Shauna Krause, President Capitol Services, Inc.


ome things in life and contractor’s licensing require more time, money or explanation, some less and some can’t be ‘satisfied’ no matter how long you wait, explain or would be willing to spend. But, first there’s more… We always appreciate the sharp eyes of readers, some of whom got in touch about the way company names and contractor license numbers must be displayed on vehicles. The key is how the vehicle is registered with the DMV. While space limits our answers at times, this one does need further clarification, as the real practice by many may be out of synch with the actual letter of the law which spells out how and when names and license numbers are required: “C-36” Plumbing, “C-45” Sign, and “C-57” Well-Drilling contractors must display the following information on each side of every business vehicle with commercial registration in letters at least 1-1/2 inches high (B&P Section 7029.5): Business name, permanent business address and contractor’s license number. All other licensed contractors must display their business names and contractor license numbers on every one of their commercially registered vehicles. The name and number must be in a clearly visible location in letters at least 3/4 inch high and wide (B&P Section 7029.6). For more visit: GuidesAndPamphlets/AdvertisingGuidelines.pdf. We are always interested in reader feedback and welcome any inquiry for additional information at Capitol Services. Q: I had a judgment on my previous Sole Owner license but it is over 8 years old. I recently applied for a new contractor’s license in the name of my corporation. The application was denied based on the 8-year old judgment that is still “unsatisfied”. It was my understanding that judgments go away after a period of

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7 years. Is that not true? A: It is our understanding that the CSLB has no statute of limitations for a judgment on a license. The Superior Court of California does have a 10-year statute of limitations. After 10 years, if the Superior Court does not renew the judgment, you can provide proof of non-renewal to the CSLB in order to have the judgment forgiven. Q: I currently have a Sole Proprietorship contractor’s license and I am in the process of incorporating.   I will submit a “Licensed Sole Owner Applying for Corporate License” form.  The current license is in good standing; and the corporation is formed by the individual licensee; and the Sole Owner licensee has at least 51% ownership of the new corporation. I am aware that once the number is transferred, it belongs to the corporation and cannot be reissued to an individual at a later date. My question is:  How are my contracts in progress affected by the change in business structure? For example, if the license is transferred to the corporation in January, and work covered under a contract signed with the Sole Proprietor entity is still in progress when the transfer occurs, are we still in compliance with being licensed at all times? I appreciate any information, as I am not able to find it anywhere.  A: If you will still have work in progress under the Sole Owner/Proprietorship license when the conversion takes place, while you will still be in compliance, you will want to also inform each of your customers that have work in progress that the change has taken place. You should do this in writing and you can inform them that the license number, ownership, bonding company, Worker’s Comp, etc. remains the same, but that you have converted from a Sole Proprietorship to a Corporation.  Also just FYI, beyond the Sole Owner to Corporation form you will also need to complete and submit a waiver application.  While knowledge is power, knowing where to go for the answers is half the battle. Get expert assistance immediately when you call 866-443-0657, email, or write us at Capitol Services, Inc., 1225 8th St. Ste. 580, Sacramento, CA 95814. Research past columns at

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12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G Truckee, CA 96161 (Located across the street from Truckee Town Hall) Ph: 530-550-9999 | Fx: 530-550-9998 |

2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Michael Forshee, President Forshee Construction Gary Crosswhite, Vice-President Meridian Concrete, Inc. Barry Lease, Secretary Incline Builders Paul Griggs, Treasurer Griggs Custom Homes Tillio Olcese, Past President Olcese Construction DIRECTORS Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin Andrew Cross, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co. Ken Foster, K.B. Foster Civil Engineering Doug Gadow, Linchpin Structural Engineering Richard Loverdwe, Loverde Builders Michael Nethersole, M.D. Construction & Consulting Ted Reviglio, Western Nevada Supply Josh Root, Root of Design Electric STAFF Pat Davison, Executive Director Kim Cross, Membership & Event Coordinator Amanda Bullard, Office Manager

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CATT’s MISSION: To promote a positive business environment for the building and housing industry and enhance opportunities for its members and the community

Welcome New Members Seifert Construction, John Seifert Majestic Heating, Michael Jafferian On Track Business Management Inc., Donna Caswell Elliott F. Brainard, Architect, Elliott F. Brainard

CATT Jobs to Bid and Permit #s

CATT Stats

General Contractors 75 Sub-Contractors 99 Associates/Suppliers 70 Professionals 81 Organizations 7 Retired 1 Total 333

Jobs to Bid Sent Out in October/YTD

Building Permit #s Issued in October/YTD

Private 9/82 Public Works 0/8

Truckee New Single Family Residential 4/62 Eastern Placer County New Single Family Residential 36/150

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