NUMBER 84 · NOVEMBER 2011 · mace-mo.org

PRESIDENT

Johnny Benisch
City of St. Charles
200 N. Second St.
St. Charles Mo. 63301
Phone: 636-949-3500
Email:
John.benisch@stcharlescitymo.gov

VICE PRESIDENT

Art Genasci, MCP
St. Charles County
201 N. Second St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: 636-949-7900, extension 7280
Email:
agenasci@sccmo.org

PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR


James Sisk
City of Poplar Bluff
330 N. Second
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Phone: 573-686-8682
Email:
pbpdcode96@semo.net

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Lara Berry
City of Maryland Heights
11911 Dorsett Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: 314-738-2247
FAX: 314-738-2447
Email:
lberry@marylandheights.com

TREASURER

Lisa Bullock
City of Hazelwood
415 Elm Grove Lane
Hazelwood, MO 63042
Phone: 314-513-5064
Cell: 314-713-5049
Email:
lmbullock@hazelwoodmo.org

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Traey Lambertz
Cass County
102 E. Wall Street
Harrisonville, MO 64701
Phone: 816-380-8134
Email:
traeyl@casscounty.com

SECRETARY

John Morgan
City of Frontenac
10555 Clayton Road
Frontenac, MO 63131
Phone: 314-994-3200
Email:
jmorgan@cityoffrontenac.org

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Tamara Schenke
City of Belton
506 Main St.
Belton, MO 64012
Phone: 816-331-4331,
extension 116
Email:
tschenke@belton.org

PAST PRESIDENTS
Tamara Schenke, 2009-2011
Pearline McFall, 2005-2009
Johnny Benisch, 2003-2005
Walter Hughes, Jr., 2001-2003
Dwight Flowers, 1999-2001
Robert Gillis, 1998-1999
Jim Fossell, 1997-1998
Jim Poelker, 1996-1997
R.C. Bonds, 1995-1996
David Park, 1992-1995

VIEWPOINT EDITOR & WEBMASTER

Jim Fossell
City of Maryland Heights
11911 Dorsett Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: 314-738-2268
Email:
jfossell@marylandheights.com


<big>HTML clipboard</big>Benisch Elected First Vice President Of AACE

MACE President Johnny Benisch was elected First Vice President of the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE). The election results were announced at the organization's annual conference, which concluded November 3. After serving his term as First Vice President (2011-12), Benisch will accede to the Presidency of the national organization for 2012-13 term. Benisch also serves as President of the St. Louis Association of Code Enforcement (SLACE).

Benisch said, "It's an honor to be elected to the Board of AACE. I plan to work hard to strengthen the organization and grow our membership. I appreciate the trust our membership has put in me in electing me to this position."

Benisch joins David Park, Jim Fossell, Robert Gillis, David Reyburn and Tamara Schenke as MACE members who have served as AACE officers.


LEFT: The 2011-12 AACE Board of Directors.



Tamara Schenke Receives AACE President's Award <big>HTML clipboard</big>

MACE Past President Tamara Schenke became only the fourth person in the history of the American Association of Code Enforcement to receive the organization's President's Award. The honor was bestowed upon Tamara by AACE President Sherri Johnston at the 22nd AACE Annual Conference, which was held November 1-3 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prior to beginning her career in Code Enforcement, Tamara was hired with the City of Belton in 2000 as a police dispatcher and received a letter of commendation in her first year of employment for going above and beyond the call of duty in assisting a police officer during a hostage situation.

In 2003 Tamara was promoted to Code Enforcement Officer and during her first year in this position wrote and implemented a code enforcement policy and procedure manual, a department training manual and implemented a neighborhood cleanup program. In December of 2003 Tamara was selected as Employee of the Year due to all of her accomplishments.

Tamara has also created a Citizens Education Programs that includes a quarterly informational flyer on city codes which is distributed to the citizens of Belton, is a member of the City’s Code Review Committee, trains new Code Enforcement Officers and implemented a power point training session for landlords, homeowners associations and other groups and individuals interested in learning more about city codes.

Tamara founding member and officer of the Heartland Association of Code Enforcement (HACE). She has organized training seminars held in the Kansas City Metro area and helped organize MACE Annual Conferences.  Tamara currently serves as Secretary for the American Association of Code Enforcement.

LEFT: Tamara Schenke (left) receives the AACE President's Award from Sherri Johnston (right).

AACE President (now Past President) Sherri Johnston congratulated Tamara on her award saying, "As the President of AACE giving the award and now the Past President, I personally want to congratulate Tamara Schenke on receiving the 2011 AACE President’s Award. This is a prestigious award given by the President of AACE to a member who has exceeded their abilities and gone above and beyond their regular job description. Congratulations Tamara!"

After accepting the award, Tamara said, "
It is truly an honor for me to receive this prestigious award. It shows that hard work and dedication to your profession is appreciated."

Truss Seminar Set For November 29 In Creve Coeur

Residential Truss layout, erection and inspections will be the subject of a seminar offered by MACE & SLACE on November 29 at the Creve Coeur City Hall, located at 300 North New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur, MO. The presenter will be Chad Komnick from MiTek Industries.

Sign-in gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and the two-hour seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. This is a FREE seminar for existing MACE and SLACE members, but you must register. The fee for non-members is $35 and includes membership in MACE and SLACE. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will receive .2 Continuing Education Units.

Click HERE to download the seminar information/registration form or visit the Education Page on our website, mace-mo.org.


SLACE Election, Holiday Luncheon December 7

The St. Louis Association of Code Enforcement's (SLACE) popular Holiday Luncheon will be held December 7 at the Frontenac City Hall, located at 10555 Clayton Road in Frontenac, MO.

The election of officers will also be held at the December meeting. In accordance with SLACE by-laws, the offices of First Vice President, Second Vice President and Treasurer will be decided.

Current First Vice President Jim Fossell and Treasurer Lara Berry have both announced their intent to seek re-election to their respective offices. Second Vice President Art Genasci has stated he will not seek another term to that office. Genasci is currently First Vice President of MACE and will accede to the presidency of the state organization at the 2012 Annual Meeting early next year.


National Conference Could Be Headed To Missouri

The American Association of Code Enforcement's Annual Business and Educational Conference could be headed our way. MACE President Johnny Benisch, who was also recently elected First Vice President of the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE), announced that chances are very good for Missouri to host the AACE Conference in the near future.

The last AACE conference to be held in Missouri was the organization's 10th Annual meeting, which was held at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in Maryland Heights in 1999. Prior to that, Missouri also hosted the AACE Annual Conference in 1993 in downtown Kansas City.

RIGHT: The official 1999 AACE Annual Conference pin from the last AACE Conference held in Missouri.


Code Enforcement News And Notes
by Jim Fossell

  • It's been nearly three years since our website, mace-mo.org, went live. If you have visited the site lately, you will notice that a redesign is in progress. The new design features wider pages, larger fonts on the main page for easier reading and a new color scheme that reflects current website trends of major websites. As always, send me your contributions and suggestions for the website to jfossell@marylandheights.com.
  • Nearly 100 Code Enforcement professionals from around the state attended the MACA/MACE joint educational conference October 12-14 at the Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark, MO. The conference featured some outstanding educational offerings, two rooms full of vendors showing their products and services and a chance to network and make friends with other professionals. Also included in the conference fee was three breakfasts, two lunches and an evening banquet and I have to give kudos to the catering staff at Port Arrowhead because the food selection and quality was outstanding.
  • For those of us who deal with banks and their growing inventories of foreclosed homes, no one has to remind us that the real estate market is still a mess and that is has impact on every community. No one is immune from losing their home, as exemplified in a recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that explains how former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny even had to sell his own dream home as a result of real estate investments gone bad. Read the article online HERE.
  • Tis the season ...... how many incidents will we see of home damage or personal injury due to fire from deep frying turkey? The news reports are already on the internet. Like 86-year old Serafino Alfe, a Mount Prospect, IL resident who managed to fry his own leg in a turkey-frying accident Saturday, November 19. Read more about Mr. Alfe's unfortunate accident HERE. By the way, have you seen the new infrared oil-less turkey fryers? I bet Mr. Alfe wishes he had. If you want to see more turkey-frying gone wrong, just visit YouTube. There are plenty of videos there.