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Maine Code Enforcement Officer Certification Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 1
Fall 2009
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In This Issue
Did you Attend the MMA Convention?
Update on Building Codes
Training for New CEOs
CEO Recertification
Training for Recertification
Beginning with Habitat
Did You Attend
the Maine Municipal Association Convention?
 
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The following sessions are eligible towards recertification:
 
 All Hazards: Lessons Learned - 1 credit hour (Land Use Planning)

 National Incident Management System: What it Means for Municipal Decision Makers - 1 credit hour (Land Use Planning)

 Damage Assessment: What is the role of the Building Official? - 1 credit hour (Building Standards)

 Right to Know - 1 credit hour (Legal Issues)

 All Hazards Preparedness for Senior Officials - 2 credit hours (Land Use Planning)

 Informed Growth Act ("Big Box Development") - 1.5 credit hours (Land Use Planning)

Send in your conference registration confirmation with a letter attesting to which sessions you attended.

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Maine State Planning Office
38 State House Station
 184 State Street
Augusta, ME  04333-0038 
207-287-8058

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November is national aviation history month. The windows in an airport control tower must be tilted out at exactly fifteen degrees from the vertical to minimise reflections from both inside and outside the control tower.

Update on the Maine Building Codes   
 
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The Maine Legislature enacted the Uniform Building and Energy Code (PL 2007, Chapter 699 and amendments PL 2009, Chapter 261), which is scheduled to be adopted by June 1, 2010.
 
The Technical Building Codes and Standards Board located within the Department of Public Safety is responsible for adopting and administering the code. The board will also establish building code training and certification standards for local CEOs. This means that any training offered by the State Planning Office will need to wait until we know what the code and the standards will be.
 
Questions about the building code itself, its adoption, or the standards should be directed to Kathy Chamberlain at the Department of Public Safety and 207-626-3803. The Technical Codes and Standards Board meets bimonthly. Agendas and information on the board are also available from Kathy Chamberlain.
 
The State Planning Office will be hiring a building code training coordinator as the technical board moves through the process of determining training standards. When it becomes available, information on training programs will be circulated by email and posted on the SPO web site.
 
For some answers to frequently-asked questions about the new code please click here.
Training for New Code Enforcement Officers

man teaching classroom of adultsBeginning in January 2010, the Maine Code Enforcement Training and Certification Program will offer only the basic training that newly-appointed CEOs need for initial certification. The program will offer six basic training programs per year, one for each of the specific codes enforced by CEOs and LPIs at no cost to individuals holding appointment as a municipal code enforcement officer or local plumbing inspector. The basic program of training for new CEOs and LPIs will be:
 
1.    Shoreland Zoning - covers applicable state laws, state shoreland zoning guidelines,wetlands identification and delineation techniques, review and permitting, report procedure, and inspection, and enforcement techniques.
 
2.    Land Use Planning - covers applicable local, state, and federal land use regulations, zoning, municipal planning board and appeals board procedures, floodplain management, state subdivision law, site plan review, review and permitting, report procedure, and inspection and enforcement techniques.
 
3.    Internal Plumbing - covers State of Maine Plumbing Code, applicable laws, plumbing practices, application review and permitting report procedure, and inspection and enforcement techniques.
 
4.    Subsurface Wastewater Disposal (also referred to as External Plumbing) - covers State of Maine Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rule, applicable laws, soils and site evaluation, review and permitting, report procedure and inspection and enforcement techniques.
 
5.    Building Standards - To be determined.
 
6.    Legal Issues - covers legal authority of a code enforcement officer, applicable laws and rules, structure and practice of the municipal code enforcement office, municipal planning board and appeals board procedures, application review and permitting procedures, inspection procedures, and enforcement techniques.
 
These programs will be designed specifically to aid new CEOs and LPIs pass their necessary certification exams. Other CEOs and LPIs may attend these workshops for recertification credits, but you are encouraged to only attend one in each of the specialty areas during a 6 year period. The remainder of your credits will need to come from outside and advanced training often offered at a low cost.
 
Workshop space will be reserved first for new CEOs working off their grace period, then recertifying CEOs, then others that are interested.
 certificateCEO Recertification 
 
Public Law, Chapter 213, Part M extends the number of years that your certification is valid from 5 years to 6 years. This law change is intended to give you more time to amass the credit hours needed for recertification, especially given the suspension of the CEO program during much of 2009.
 
This month, we are sending everyone a new certificate with the new date that their certification expires. Certified CEOs and LPIs will want to begin to track their training credit hours. To help you with this, we have tracking form that can be downloaded from our web site here. Due to budget cuts, we can no longer mail you an annual hard copy status report. We can however email you information about your training credits hours upon request. Please email Brianne
Training for Recertification
 Russ Webster Speaker and Audience
We have created a new area on our web site to list CEO and LPI training hosted by outside organizations. Be sure to check it regularly for updates. As before, outside training must be approved by SPO. Use the form on the web site to seek advance approval for credit hours.
 
Upcoming Training:

Planning Day (Land Use Planning - 4 credit hours)Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
November 5, 2009 - Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn
 
Basic and Advanced Erosion Control Practices Maine Department of Environmental Protection
November 20, 2009, Ellsworth City Hall
December 1, 2009, Blue Hill Town Hall
December 3, 2009, Spectacular Events, Bangor
December 7, 2009, Spectacular Events, Bangor
 
Maintenance and Inspection of Stormwater BMPs Maine Department of Environmental Protection
November 12, 2009, Jeff's Catering, Brewer
November 18, 2009, Augusta Civic Center
December 17, 2009, Verrillo's, Portland
 
Beginning with Habitat
 
bright pink dahliaBeginning with Habitat (BwH) is a habitat-based approach to conserving wildlife and plant habitat on a landscape scale. The Beginning with Habitat Program has a wealth of wildlife habitat planning information and is interested in providing your town or planning group with information specific to your local area. For more information: http://www.beginningwithhabitat.org/.
 
To schedule a BwH presentation or to find out more about the program, please contact Program Coordinator, Steve Walker, at (207) 287-5254 or steve.walker@maine.gov.
 
CEOs that attend a BwH presentation in their community can receive 2 credit hours (Land Use Planning) towards recertification.
Social Networking: The Future is Upon Us!   
 
facebook logoFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites are gaining in popularity as a way to stay connected with professional peers. Many professional associations use these sites to post information for, ask questions of, and stay in touch with their peers.
 
Would you be interested in a social networking group for Maine CEOs and LPIs. SPO would host and maintain it and contribute information as well.
 
If you would use this networking tool please email Brianne.