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Membership Meeting May 13, 2010

CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION IN CINCINNATI: NEW CHAPTER 1106

Presented by Richard Schriewer, Supervisor of Inspections, City of Cincinnati

All of the permitted construction work within the corporation limits of the City of Cincinnati shall only be transacted by a registered building construction contractor. 
You will want to memorize this sentence.   Contractor registration is just one facet of the newly established Chapter 1106 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code. The primary intent of the ordinance is to provide a level of consumer protection by ensuring that all building construction contractors are registered, bonded, insured, and current with their income taxes. 

Richard Schriewer, Supervisor of Inspections with the City of Cincinnati, will be the featured presenter for this meeting. Richard is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He supervises State Registered Commercial Building Inspectors in all aspects of their jobs. His area of responsibility includes the central business district, downtown riverfront development and all other aspects of construction inspection within the City of Cincinnati. 
 
Come out and join us for this informative meeting where Richard will explain the contractor registration program, the different registration categories as well as the category requirements. The cost for this meeting is $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members.

Registration and networking begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the program will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We will meet at Nisbet Brower 11575 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241.  Please register online at
www.naricincinnati.org or RSVP at 800-498-NARI today!

 

RRP Certification Class

June 11, 2010

SOLD OUT!

 

Join Us at the Ballpark

July 17, 2010 


Unwind for a summer evening of dinner, drinks, and a Reds game with family and friends. This event is always a great time! Join us for this fun-filled night and cheer the Reds on as they take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark on July 17th with a start time of 7:10 p.m. For $65 per person, participants will receive a game ticket, full catered buffet-style dinner, beverages (including 2 beers), and private seating for our group and Ohio Valley NARI will receive scoreboard recognition. Come out to support your NARI chapter and have a memorable evening with customers, co-workers, family, and friends at the ballpark. Tickets sell out quickly so reserve yours today!  Final deadline for ticket purchase is Friday, June 18th.  Call Ohio Valley NARI today at (800) 498-6274 to reserve your seats.

 

Save The Date For The Golf Outing

August 12, 2010 


Ohio Valley NARI is teaming up once again with NKBA for the 2010 golf outing to be played at Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike in Cincinnati Ohio. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday, August 12th. There are plenty of sponsorship and golfer opportunities still available.

Please click
here for sponsorship opportunities and click here to register as a golfer. More information can be found by visiting www.naricincinnati.org.

 

Ohio Valley NARI is Updating our Website

 

We are currently in the process of renovating our website to offer more information and functionality for both the member and the consumer. In this process we will be adding photo galleries for our members to show case some of their favorite projects. We will use the same general categories as we do for our CotY entries without a monetary reference. The categories are: Residential Kitchen; Residential Bath; Residential Interior; Residential Addition; Residential Exterior; Entire House; Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration; Residential Universal Design; Commercial Interior; Commercial Exterior; Commercial Specialty and Home Theater & Media Rooms. Please submit one before and one after photo of the projects you wish to submit. Please send as .jpeg or .tiff electronic file formats to info@naricincinnati.org. Please note that these are for the website only. Any project that is being planned for submission for an upcoming CotY consideration may not be posted; this would disqualify the project for competing in the CotY Awards program.

 

LEED for Neighborhood Development Launched

 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) announced the launch of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green-neighborhoods rating system, a program reported to integrate the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building.
 
Please click
here for the entire article.

 

EPA Tightens New Lead Law


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened its brand new lead-safe law by eliminating a loophole that had allowed residential contractors to opt out of the requirements with the homeowner's consent. 
 
The EPA's "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting" (RRP) Rule took effect on Thursday, April 22, after a two-year implementation period. 
 
The Rule requires lead-safe certification of contractors and renovation firms that disturb a specified amount of paint in pre-1978 homes, schools and day-care centers. Contractors must also provide owners and tenants of those facilities with an EPA lead hazard pamphlet.
 
The Rule was implemented with the opt-out provision unresolved. The provision would have exempted a contractor from compliance if he or she notified the homeowner about the Rule, and the homeowner then agreed to sign a waiver for the contractor.
 
Critics, who include trade associations and retailers, said that eliminating the option would make an already broad Rule even broader, hitting even the smallest contractor with red tape and fees.
 
On Friday, April 23, however, the EPA announced that it was eliminating the provision; homeowners may not allow a contractor to opt out of full-scale compliance.
 
The Rule's implementation came two years after the rule received final approval and six weeks after a challenge by a dozen retailers and trade associations. The critics contended that contractors had not had sufficient time or training opportunities to prepare and that another federal program in the works would require similar training. Eliminating the opt-out angered critics further.
 
Seven states have adopted their own RRP programs in lieu of the federal program. They are Kansas, Rhode Island, Utah, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Carolina.
 
Contractors will have an opportunity to personally question EPA about the rule in a free webinar to be held June 24, 2010 that will focus on compliance and enforcement. Visit
www.pwc-magazine.com/webinars to register for the webinar.

 

BWC Open Enrollment


Please click here for the CareWorks marketing piece showing BWC return to work scores over a seven year period. CareWorks continues to be a leader in this area along with bringing additional savings to members through their exclusive provider network partnership with Medical Mutual of Ohio. Their partnership provides additional discounts up to 20% below the BWC fee schedule. Many of their competitors just reimburse to the BWC schedule, thus there is no additional medical cost savings to members not with CareWorks.
                                                  
Return to work performance and medical cost savings are the two areas that employers should be very concerned with as BWC continues to make changes to the calculation of premium rates. That's why it is important our members are with a MCO focused on these two important areas of managed care.

 

Small Business is Most Trusted Group

By Rhonda Abrams


Be proud small-business owners! You're now the most trusted group in America. Listen up federal government! You're neglecting small business - and most people think so.
 
According to the just-released study by the highly respected Pew Research Center, small business is the most trusted institution in America. More than churches. More than colleges. More than technology companies. And certainly more than labor unions or large corporations.
 
Republicans trust us. Democrats trust us. Independents trust us. Small business isn't a partisan issue.
But we're neglected. When asked about which groups were getting too much or too little attention from the government, Americans felt small business was getting dealt the worst hand. Hey, elected officials, listen up! Small business is one of the few groups Americans want to get more government attention.
The Pew Center's study got enormous media attention - but not about small business. The media coverage focused on how little Americans trust their government. But buried in the report was the fact that there is an institution almost all Americans still trust: small business.
 
So I picked up the phone and called the Pew Center. I wanted to learn more.
 
The results were "striking," according to Carroll Dougherty, Pew's Associate Director. "At a time when a lot of institutions are viewed negatively, small business is viewed very positively. What's really interesting is that large corporations are viewed almost as negatively as Wall Street. The contrast between large corporations and small business is enormous."
 
"So much of this survey is partisan," Dougherty continued. "In this case, it's bipartisan. It crosses party lines." 72% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats and 73% of independents say small businesses have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country.

 

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