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President's Report

Hi ASPE Members!

How is everyone doing? I hope you and your families are staying healthy during these times, especially with winter coming upon us forcing us to be indoors more frequently. You all continue to be in my thoughts through these times!

Recently announced is that due to the convention being cancelled, ASPE will be hosting a FREE Digital Experience. More information can be found here: https://expo.aspe.org/. It is a great opportunity to gain more knowledge as well as earn those CEU’s. Please visit the link and see what its all about.

If you missed last months letter, we will be continuing virtual meetings until the end of the year, and hopefully will have more information in December about how to proceed going forward. It has been hard not being able to be in person and seeing everyone!

Are there any members out there looking to get involved with our local chapter board? We are currently looking for a Newsletter Editor and ASPE Young Professionals Liaison. Both are great roles for getting more involved with the Board. If you have any questions or want more information please feel free to reach out!

Stay happy and healthy MN!

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VP Membership's Report

Rich Davision

Happy Holiday season fellow ASPE members! Hope everyone is healthy and doing as well as possible in this last quarter of 2020.  Our membership has been very steady throughout the year thanks to you and our chapter once again has achieved the award of merit in 2020!

Did you take notice of the upcoming digital experience from ASPE?  This is coming up very soon starting Dec 1st.  As a valued member of our chapter- please do try to take advantage of the many workshops and educational training programs shown on this program. 

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 ASPE Digital Experience is complimentary to ASPE Members! With your complimentary registration you will be able to participate in all live and recorded education sessions, giving you the ability to earn up 15 hours of continuing education. We will be offering a few featured live sessions for all attendees to participate in, along with many opportunities for networking and meet-the-expert conversations. You will gain access to the recorded sessions ahead of time so you can plan your networking meetings and gather questions for the speakers.

Recorded sessions will be available for viewing until January 31, 2021.

Please take a moment to sign up today.

Happy November Birthday fellow ASPE members! 

Irving Dahl     

Frederic Decourt, P.E.

Paula Gillen   

Sandra Koop, CPD

Linda Pieper  

Scott Thomas P.E.

Nat Timper P.E. 

Happy ASPE anniversary of members that joined in November!

John Arvig    

Mark Cotroneo           

Stephanie Gallatin

Paula Gillen   

Vernon Hanson

Daryl Hendrickson     

David Lanik    

Mike Leibold

Licia Oligmueller P.E.

Jacob Sevelius             

Robert Taylor  

Scott Thomas P.E.

George Youngvorst       

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VP Technical's Report

Al Allmon

I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather (minus the snow). This is my favorite time of the year, with the cooler weather and the fall colors. I don’t even mind the extra yard work with all the leaves. I hope everyone has a chance to get outside and enjoy the weather before the colder days get here. I know me the time spent outdoors, whether it be up at the cabin, taking care of leaves, hunting or whatever has been a blessing after being cooped up most of the time.

This month we have Todd Spurlin from American Bath Group as our speaker. Todd will discuss the differences between HUD and FHA when it comes to specifying products for your projects.

 Todd was born Nov. 23 1960 in Rockwood Tenn., he grew up just south of Atlanta. Attended high school at North Clayton and started his business Spurlin Ind. right out of high school in 1980. He also married Robin Adams that same year and they celebrated their 40th year together earlier this year. They have two children and 4 grandchildren. He incorporated Spurlin Ind. in 1984, Spurlin Ind was a successful manufacturing business that Todd owned and operated for 35 years before selling it to American Bath Group on Aug 15th 2015. Spurlin ind. manufactured 5m+ bathtubs and showers during this time frame in the Southeast. He has been working for American Bath Group as their National Multifamily Sales Manager for the last 5 years. Todd has been focusing on the Fair Housing Act for the past two years, during this time he has been involved in the development of a number of products that’s required for compliance of the FHA. He plans to continue to devote his time in this effort to educate and develop solutions to meet the FHA law.

We are still trying to line up speakers for our technical sessions for this year. If you have an idea for a session that you would like to see please let one of the board members know. Also if you would like to give a presentation to the chapter please forward your information on the presentation to me along with your contact information. My email address is [email protected]

Thanks, Al

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VP Legislative Report

Larry Justin, P.E., CPD

Well it’s happening!!!!!!  Received the following

“The Minnesota Plumbing Board intends to adopt permanent rules governing the Minnesota Plumbing Code, Minnesota Rules, chapter 4714.

The Dual Notice: Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or More Persons Requests a Hearing, and Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for Hearing are Received, is published in the Oct. 26, 2020, edition of the State Register.

The Dual Notice provides details about the hearing and cancelation of hearing. Links to the Dual Notice, proposed rules and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness are available in the rulemaking docket along with other information about the status of the rulemaking proceeding. 

The comment period for this rulemaking ends at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2020.

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected].

I strongly recommend the MNASPE members review and provide any comment.  The Rulemaking Docket is at https://www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/rulemaking/rulemaking-docket-minn-r-chpt-4714-2018-upc?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery and code recommendations are at https://www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/RFA-recommend.pdf .

As I noted in last months newsletter, I presented to the MN Board of AELSLAGID on 10/1/20 about accepting the concept of adding a Plumbing Engineer sub-discipline to the Mechanical Professional Engineering exam.  I presented alongside Billy Smith and David Dexter from Society.  At the end of the presentation, the Board voted on sending a letter to NCEES requesting the sub-discipline be added to the exam.  We need 10 states to send the acceptance letter to NCEES before they consider the request and ASPE presently has 7 states send letters in.  Way to go Minnesota!

MINNESOTA PLUMBING BOARD

The Board Meeting was held on October 20, 2020.  I could not attend, but based on the above, a lot happened.

There are new Board members and all of the Plumbing Board Members are listed at http://www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/plumbingboard_members.pdf

State of Minnesota Plumbing Board Meeting Notification

For more information or to be added to the email list for board meeting notices, contact Lyndy Logan at [email protected] or at (651) 284-5912. People on the email list for meeting notices may also receive periodic updates about activities of the board or the department's Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD). 

State of Minnesota Plumbing Code Items

The State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) issues the CCLD newsletter that provides pertinent information regarding the construction codes. 

To receive CCLD Review newsletter publications, you can be sign up at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDLI/subscriber/new?topic_id=MNDLI_16 or go to http://www.doli.state.mn.us/about-department/news-and-media/ccld-review-newsletter

 It is published electronically quarterly to inform the construction and code industry about plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and building related information.  I recommend members regularly check the newsletter for any Plumbing Code interpretations.

State of Minnesota Plumbing Code Links

Plumbing Code Page – http://www.iapmo.org/Pages/MinnesotaPlumbingCode.aspx

Plumbing Plan Review – http://www.dli.mn.gov/business/get-licenses-and-permits/plumbing-plan-review

Plumbing Board – www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/boards-and-councils/plumbing-board

State of Iowa Plumbing Code Links

Plumbing Commission Page – https://dlr.sd.gov/plumbing/default.aspx

State Plumbing Code – http://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/129/Law%20%26%20Rules/IAC%20641-ch25%205-10-2017.pdf

Plumbing Code Amendment Page – http://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/129/Law%20%26%20Rules/Iowa%20State%20Plumbing%20Code%20booklet%202016%20for%20web.pdf

State of North Dakota Plumbing Code Links

Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) Plumbing Code – http://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/iowa-code

Iowa Plumbing Code – http://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/129/Law%20%26%20Rules/Iowa%20State%20Plumbing%20Code%20booklet%202016%20for%20web.pdf

Plumbing Code Page – http://todaycms2.s3.amazonaws.com/ndplum/50/321a30c2ec11e68a990f07ebe1918c/Laws_-Rules-_-Plumbing-Installation-Standards-of-ND_12122016.pdf 

State of South Dakota Plumbing Code Links

Plumbing Commission Page – https://dlr.sd.gov/plumbing/default.aspx

Plumbing Code Page – https://archive.org/details/gov.sd.plumbing/page/n0

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