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MARCH 2013

Our 15th A nniversar

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CATT Members Meet with New Washoe County Commissioner


n March 7, a dozen CATT members met in Incline Village with new Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler. Commissioner Berkbigler represents District 1, which includes part of West Reno (Caughlin Ranch, Lakeridge) and the Tahoe Basin portion of Washoe County. Commissioner Berkbigler was elected in November 2012 and took office in January 2013. CATT attendees gave some background information about themselves and then heard about Commissioner Berkbigler’s background and her opinion on TRPA, the Regional Plan and Area Plans, future improvements in county services, and more. Commissioner Berkbigler was very interested in the construction BMPs being developed by TRPA with local government and stated she wants to hear the industry’s perspective as those new regulations are being drafted. Other issues brought up during the meeting were affordable housing, green roofs, a bike path around the north shore, the Sierra Club lawsuit to stop the TRPA Regional Plan, Nevada’s future with TRPA, and mixed use zoning. At the conclusion of the meeting, Commissioner Berkbigler urged members to participate in the Area Plan process and communicate to her when issues arise.

Washoe County District 1 Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler

Cinco DeMayo Mixer Thursday, May 2, 5 to 7 pm

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At the CATT Membership Orientation February 28, Jason Wooley (Lot C Architecture) gives his membership application to Kim Cross, CATT Membership & Event Coordinator – welcome to CATT Jason!

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2013 CATT Committees: STANDING (PERMANENT) • Building – Co-chairman Paul Griggs / Co-chairman Mitch Clarin • Bylaws – Chairman Paul Griggs • Christmas Holiday Party – Chairman Scott Eckard/Vice Chairman Jana Lease • Education – Co-chairman Doug Gadow/Co-chairman Mike Pelletier • Golf Tournament – Co-chairman Andrew Cross / Co-chairman Aaron Griggs • Insurance – Chairman Larry Peyton • Local Govt. Affairs – Chairman Mitch Clarin/Vice Chairman Michael Forshee • Membership/Mixer/Guide – Chairman Gary Crosswhite / Vice Chairman & Mixer Chair Michael Ellis • Remodeling – Chairman Ryan Swenson / Vice Chairman Larry Peyton • Summer Raffle – Co-chairman Gary Crosswhite/Co-chairman Julie Sanservino AD HOC (TEMPORARY) • 15th Anniversary Party – Chairman Mark Tanner • Parades – Chairman Mike Pelletier • Nominations – Chairman Mitch Clarin • Finance (includes Budget) – Chairman Paul Griggs (Treasurer) • Website – Chairman Ken Foster / Vice Chairman Pavlo Gesmundo • Seniors Breakfast – Pat Davison • Truckee Home Show – Pat Davison

CATT Calendar

(All meetings at the CATT office unless otherwise noted)

March 11 March 12 March 14 March 18 March 21 April 1 April 3 April 4 April 5 April 12 April 15 April 17 April 18 May 2

Membership Committee Meeting Golf Tournament Committee Meeting Workers’ Comp SIG Info Meeting at Larkspur Hotel Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting Remodeling Committee Meeting Board Meeting Membership Committee Meeting Member Orientation Deadline to recruit new members for iPad drawing Deadline to renew/join to be in 2013 Guide Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting Golf Tournament Committee Meeting Remodeling Committee Meeting Mixer at Epic AV Automation in Truckee

CATT BOARD MEETINGS Monday, March 4, 5:00 PM Monday, April 1, 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

DiNallo Designs has a new home! The company has moved to Dennis Zirbel’s building at 10056 Spring Street in historic downtown Truckee. Elisa DiNallo reports that they have a new employee also, Darsie White. Mike Horn with Truckee Rents was named “Male Citizen of the Year” by Truckee Interclub. Mike received the award at the Sierra Senior Services Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo Night at the end of January. Mike has been instrumental in the annual wood cutting project that benefits seniors every winter, and is a generous donors to many local non-profits. The work of Tahoe City architecture and engineering firm Gary Davis Group was recently featured as the cover story in Residential Design + Build, a nationally distributed design and construction magazine. The article focuses on the collaborative efforts of the architect, general contractor Michael Buffington, and property owner Brian Casey. The article describes how the team conquered the many topographical and regulatory challenges of building a home on an exceptional slope in Tahoe City.


Mike with his plaque and surrounded by his family at the dinner. Thanks to Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce for this photo.

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Training/Education “ALL THINGS ELECTRICAL”


Wednesday, March 20 (bi-monthly thereafter) • 4:30 to 5:30 pm Truckee Town Hall, 2nd floor, Truckee These sessions are being held by Stephen Corrales, an electrician with more than 30 years of experience. Stephen is employed by new CATT member CED. Topics will be electrical code issues and intent, new products, NEC code book navigation, etc. Any input or requests for topics are always welcome. Contact Stephen at 530-320-4181 or

Friday, April 19, 2013 • 12:00 to 1:30 pm (and optional 1:30 to 3:30 pm Weed Warriors Weed ID Workshop) Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee This is a free two part session offered by the Truckee River Watershed Council. Come to the Lunch and Learn and/or Weed ID after lunch. You’ll learn how you and your clients can help the Truckee River watershed through implementation of RiverFriendly Landscaping BMPs. CATT members can be placed on the TRWC list of area contractors for River-Friendly Landscaping job referrals. RSVP to Kathy Whitlow at TRWC 530-550-8760 or


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with a 30 minute Q&A following the presentation CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee This free workshop is presented by new CATT member Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs. Are you operating as a sole proprietorship and wondering if you should incorporate? This class will help simplify the decision process and break down the advantages and disadvantages of various business types. It is intended to inform and educate on different business tax structures such as s-corporations and LLCs. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Amanda at the CATT office 530-550-9999 or


Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • 3:30 to 5:30 pm Molsby & Bordner, LLP (MOBO Law) office, 10280 Donner Pass Road, Truckee This is a free contracting seminar for CATT members. Attorney and CATT member Rick Molsby will lead a two hour discussion for General Building and Sub Contractors on contracting documents required by CA law. Learn how to use contracts to clarify the obligations of contractors and owners. Seminar size is limited to 10 students. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to MOBO Law 530-214-2700 or


Wednesday, April 3, 2013 • 3:30 to 5:30 pm Molsby & Bordner, LLP (MOBO Law) office, 10280 Donner Pass Road, Truckee This is a free contracting seminar for CATT members. Attorney and CATT member Rick Molsby will lead a two hour discussion for General Building and Sub Contractors on contracting documents required by CA law. Learn how to use contracts to clarify the obligations of contractors and owners. Seminar size is limited to 10 students so contractors can ask questions and enjoy an interactive experience. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to MOBO Law 530-214-2700 or


Friday, May 3, 2013 • 9:00 to 10:00 am CATT office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee This is a free class for CATT members put on by CATT member Sierra Sun/North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. You will receive information on social media, digital marketing, search marketing and traditional print marketing. The class will show you how you can take advantage of both paid and free marketing avenues to promote your business for the upcoming building season. RSVP to Amanda at the CATT office 530-550-9999 or


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 • 6:00 to 7:30 pm Truckee Donner PUD, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee This is a free workshop presented by CATT member Jim Porter with Porter Simon to cover the most sweeping changes to CA’s mechanics lien laws in more than 50 years. Changes include lien release forms, design professional lien, preliminary 20 day notice, other revised notices, and methods of service. Additional topics of discussion: construction contracts, SB 800 construction defect warranty, prompt payment codes, etc. Jim will answer questions into the night. No RSVP needed but seating is limited.


“IBC 2012”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Registration 7:30 am, Class 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Coffee and pastries will be provided from 7:30 to 8:00 am Reno Fire Station #11, 7105 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno This is a technical workshop presented by CATT member Simpson Strong-Tie. The class is designed principally for engineers interested in the 2012 IBC Code changes, especially as the changes relate to high winds and seismic areas. Credits: Professional Development Hours (PDH), Continued Educational Units (CEU), and AIBD Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for completion of the workshop. RSVP via website:; email: robeasley@strongtie. com; or phone toll free 800-999-5099 ext. 1055

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Registration 8:30 am, Workshop 9:00 to 11:30 am Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road (across the street from CATT office), Truckee This is a free Town workshop done in cooperation with Placer County. The workshop is intended to provide business owners, contractors, engineers, and local agency staff with an update on the new Municipal permit requirements and the process for the permit team. There will also be information on illicit discharge detection, construction site runoff control, pollution prevention, good housekeeping on active construction sites, post-construction management, and a refresher on erosion and sediment control BMPs. RSVP to Jessica Thompson, Town of Truckee, 530-582-2938, JThompson@ or Candace Rousselet, Placer County, 530-745-7557, or



Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Registration 12:30 pm, Class 1:00 to 5:00 pm NOTE: A box lunch will be provided to those who register for both classes. Location: Reno Fire Station #11, 7105 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno This is also presented by CATT member Simpson Strong-Tie. This workshop is intended to provide those in the construction industry with information about proper connections. Common construction practices will be addressed in conjunction with Simpson Strong-Tie products for general construction. Credits: Professional Development Hours (PDH), Continued Educational Units (CEU), and AIBD Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for completion of the workshop. RSVP via Website:; email: robeasley@strongtie. com; or phone toll free 800-999-5099 ext. 1055

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Membership News $500 CASH PRIZE WINNER • All returning CATT members that renewed their membership for 2013 by January 31st were entered into a drawing to win $500 CASH. The drawing was held on February 28th at the Membership Orientation and the winner was Waltman Construction Inc. Congratulations! RECRUIT A NEW MEMBER • Any existing CATT member who recruits a new member by April 5th will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini (value $459). This model has 16 GB, 7.9 inch display, advanced ultrafast Wi-Fi, 10 hour battery life, and can access 275,000 apps. The Membership Committee structured the drawing so BOTH the new member and the recruiting member (YOU) win the iPads.  You as existing members are the best promoters of CATT—your passion and dedication come through in your words— when you urge others to join, they see and hear your commitment. Your belief in CATT makes a strong sales pitch. And remember, this drawing is in addition to the $50 per new member recruitment incentive already in place. The more new members you bring in, the more entries you have in the iPad drawing AND your recruitment incentive $$ increase. Download the new member application and a list of benefits from the CATT website  or contact the CATT office to get membership materials to use in your recruiting efforts. We’ll even help you get that recruit signed up!

Municipal Stormwater Permit Update and BMP Workshop (Truckee and Placer County)


he Town of Truckee and Placer County are required to comply with the State Water Board’s Municipal General Stormwater Permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The State Permit requires the Town and County to prohibit polluted water from entering our storm drain systems and waterways within the jurisdictions. In order to do this, the State’s permit provides performance criteria for education and outreach, illicit discharge detection, municipal activities, and pre and post construction activities. On February 5, 2013, the State Water Board adopted a new municipal permit that ultimately increases the requirements of the permit. While the Town and County have been implementing this permit for the last 4 years, the new permit is much more prescriptive and increases the Town and County oversight and requirements of our own activities as well as businesses, contractors, and all related building professionals. Some of the proposed changes include: • Requirements for projects of 2,500 to 5,000 square feet of impermeable area: —Use of State Water Board post construction calculator to estimate runoff reduction of implementing site design measures. —Requirements for projects of 5,000 square feet or more of impermeable area —New numeric sizing criteria for post construction BMPs —LID requirements —Operation and maintenance verification and condition assessment program for post construction BMPs • Business inventory and inspections for: —Vehicle related business (maintenance, salvage, repair, cleaning)


A MEMBER ORIENTATION has been set for Thursday, April 4th from 4–6 pm here at the CATT office. Any existing, new, or prospective member can attend to find out what a CATT membership has to offer. Light appetizers, a prize drawing, networking, some free stuff for each attendee are all part of the Orientation too!  Get that prospective member to the Orientation and we’ll take it from there! RENEWAL DEADLINE for the 2013 Building and Remodeling Guide is April 12th. Sending in your payment is great but please remember to also send in your Renewal application form and questionnaire. The Renewal application form tells us what to show for your company contact info and listing categories in the Guide and website. Thanks to the CATT MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE for putting together a busy start to 2013, Chairman Gary Crosswhite (Meridian Concrete), Vice Chair Michael Ellis (Reno Truss), Secretary Ryan Swenson (Simpson Strong-Tie), Scott Ruzich and Amy Trumbull (Epic AV Automation), Norin Mack (Ferguson Enterprises), Sally Brinkerhoff (Front and Bridge), Deb Kelly (Kelly Brothers Painting), Julie Johnson-Holland (Interior Design by Julie Johnson-Holland), Stephanie Kiser (BMD, Inc.), Tim Kane (L/P Insurance Services, Inc.). For more information,  please contact Kim Cross, CATT Membership & Event Coordinator at (530)550-9999 or  

—Building trade facilities, retailers, and storage —Landscaping nurseries and supply —Corporation yards —Other businesses with potential to discharge pollutants While these changes are a big deal, the permit is implemented over a 5 year timeline. Therefore, there is time for education and public involvement for establishing the new requirements. First, the Town and County submit our guidance documents and fees to the State by July 1, 2013. This is when Year 1 of the permit term starts. Soon after this, the Town and County will hold meetings discuss the details of upcoming changes to permit submittals, inspections, design guidelines, ordinances, permanent BMP requirements, and business programs. We are encouraging public participation in developing the new standards required of this permit. If you are interested in providing input and staying updated on the upcoming changes and notifications for these meetings, please sign up on the Town of Truckee’s E-Notification for Stormwater Projects and Information at As part of our current permit efforts, the Town of Truckee in cooperation with the Placer County will be hosting a storm water workshop on April 17th in the Town of Truckee offices from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop is intended to provide business owners, contractors, engineers, and local agency staff(s) with an update on the New Municipal Permit requirements and the process for the permit term. There will also be information on illicit discharge detection, construction site runoff control, pollution prevention and good housekeeping on active  construction sites, post-construction management, and a “refresher” on erosion and sediment control Best Management Practices.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the workshop beginning at 9:00 a.m.  There is no charge for the workshop. For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact Jessica Thompson, the Town of Truckee @ 530-5822938 or Candace Rousselet, Placer County Stormwater Division @ 530-7457557.

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Q&A Resource for Contractors

By Shauna Krause & David Kalb, Capitol Services, Inc.


aperless office? Not on Earth! Keeping documentation to prove a point is often required. As our first aspiring contractor will learn having a ‘paper trail’ is an issue that may make or break his dream of getting licensed. We help clear the air obscuring an opportunity for solar work across the border before sharing a tip on reducing costs in becoming an LLC in California… Q: I called the Contractors Board and was told that I might not be able to get a license since I was paid “under the table”. Is this true? I have the required four years experience. A: The person at CSLB likely told you that a random percentage of applications are sent out for investigation. All applications are evaluated to determine if the applicant has the required years of experience. However, in determining if an application is sent out for a more formal investigation, the Board may look at a number of factors including your age; how many years experience you have; and whether your background is self-employed or as owner-builder. Also, a small percentage of applicants are selected totally at random. If for any reason your application is flagged, you’ll likely be asked to provide proof of your contracting background beyond the required Certification of Work Experience. This ‘trail’ of proof can be through pay-stubs, tax returns, or other means showing how much you were paid and for how long. If you were paid “under the table” it may be difficult to produce documentation showing that in fact you performed the work you claim. Q: My Company does solar electrical work. We are based in California

CLASSIFIED ADS FOR SALE 800 SF white oak plank 5/8”x111/2”; S4S glue-up; Premium material – Beautiful solid floor material; $4,000; $5/square foot! OBO. (105) Units 4” THERMASHEATH fixed to 5/8 OSB structural roof panel (nailable base roof panel) with R Value of 25.7; $7,600. Light fixtures: Hinkley outdoor sconces; very good condition; size: 8”high x 12 3/4” wide; qty 6 @ $90 each OBO. Uttermost Marcel Light drum 12.5” high x 16.6” diameter metal mesh shade; qty 1 @ $160 OBO. Bruck LED cconce; Bronze finish with white opal and mesh; qty 2 @ $80 each OBO. 1x10 Rough Sawn C & better Cedar 1,500 SF; make offer for all or part. Items can be seen at 10603 East River Street in Truckee or call 530-587.4000. FOR SALE Fully improved residential building lots on Timberline View Court/Mt. Rose Highway, Reno NV: APN 04907049 @ 7.34 acres, MLS# 120002275, $345,000 and APN 04907047 @ 1.90 acres, MLS# 120002276, CURRENTLY $119,000. Seller may carry & subordinate – terms negotiable. Best views in Reno. Call or email Rick Dyess 775.742.4609 or FOR SALE Hickory hardwood flooring. $2.99 per sf. 5” x 1/2”, hand scraped. While supply lasts. Call Tamara at 530.272.2100. FOR SALE Pettibone C 450 LIFT with 38 ft. reach. 4WD Cummins diesel. Rebuilt boom. Excellent condition. Make offer. Call Jim at 775.831.5624 FOR SALE Lowest priced lot in BIG SPRINGS $339,000. Level, all day sun, views of Northstar. Owner will carry on approved credit for 5% interest. Call, text, or email or 530.308.9124. FOR RENT Gradall. 45 FT reach with truss boom and 1 yard bucket. Great for backfill. For questions and rental price, please call Jude at 530.567.5150. FOR SALE REDUCED PRICE! Glenshire Lot $29,000. .41 acres in cul-de-sac, 10319 Eton Place, Truckee. Gentle upslope, HOA pool & tennis courts. Call 530.448.9874 to discuss finance options. FOR SALE #1 5/8” x 24” all heart Redwood taper-sawn shakes. Random width. 5 BND = SQ@10” exp. 239 BND available. $43.34 cost per BND + tax. Call Jim @ Washoe Building Supply 775.691.9633. FOR SALE Redwood siding. Square edged redwood siding available in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, or 12” widths and lengths up to 20 feet for $7–9/board foot. This full 1” thick recycled green building material is resawn from salvaged old-growth redwood logs. Contact Pam at info@ or 530.587.3700. FOR SALE Equipment, tools. Lawn tractor, snow blowers, generator, pressure washer, trash pump, underground line locator, tigersaw. Also hand tools of all descriptions, ladders rolling scaffold and aluminum plank. Office equipment and furniture. Any reasonable offer considered. Call Mike for details 530.414.1446.


and we have a “B” General Building license here. We are interested in doing the same type of work in Arizona but are unsure what the proper classification would be. Is it the same as California? Can we do solar work with a General Building license? A: There are several classifications in Arizona that allow you to do solar work, unfortunately I have to tell you the General Building license is not one of them. For solar electrical you would be required to obtain an “L11” Commercial Electrical, a “C-11” Residential Electrical, or a “K-11” Dual Electrical classification. Fortunately, we have assisted contractors with Arizona licensing for many year and if you’d like our assistance with this process give us a call. Q: I am in the process of obtaining a Contractors License for my Limited Liability Company (LLC). As you probably know, an additional bond is needed for a CA LLC in the amount of $100,000. My bonding company is asking that we get an Irrevocable Letter of Credit in order to obtain this bond. Is this standard? A: According to the bonding company resource we consulted, the Irrevocable Letter of Credit (ILOC) is an option for an LLC that may not want to be submitted for credit consideration. It is also a way to reduce the fee for the bond. From what we’ve heard from many of our LLC applicants, the LLC/ Worker bond has a minimum premium of $5000, so if you are able to secure an ILOC then that fee is greatly reduced. You can apply for an ILOC with your bank, but please note that the bank must first be approved through the bonding company. Tax or other legal issues aren’t addressed here so a call to your tax advisor is always a good thought in making important business decisions. 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 |

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

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 Mike Pelletier, Past President Pell Plumbing and Son DIRECTORS Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin Andrew Cross, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co. Ken Foster, K.B. Foster Civil Engineering Doug Gadow, Gary Davis Group Richard Loverde, Loverde Builders Michael Nethersole, M.D. Construction & Consulting Tillio Olcese, Olcese Construction Ted Reviglio, Western Nevada Supply Josh Root, Root of Design Electric Dennis Schlumpf, Dennis L. Schlumpf & Assoc. STAFF Pat Davison, Executive Director Kim Cross, Membership & Event Coordinator Amanda Bullard, Office Manager

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Welcome New Members Glennwood Mountain Homes, Chris Abel TJ Glidden Construction, Trevor Glidden Europe Painting Company, Imre Adelmayer Hyatt Tile & Stone, Don Hyatt MD Plumbing, Michael Durfee Gensburg & Sons, Inc., Stuart Gensburg Precision Flooring Solutions, Inc., John & Sarah Wolfe CED Consolidated Electrical Distribution, John Walterscheid PrimeSource Building Products, Dan Williams Barrish Pelham & Associates, Eric Slominski Lot C Architecture, Jason Wooley Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs, Allen Douglass Cut Rite Tree & Spray Inc., Crystal Boutelle

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