NUMBER 85 MARCH 2012 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

Annual Meeting & Free Training Day Set For March 23

The 20th Annual Business Meeting of the Missouri Association of Code Enforcement (MACE) is set for Friday, March 23 in Columbia.

The Stoney Creek Inn (right) will host the gathering, which includes morning and afternoon training seminars. There is no charge to MACE members, but you must register by March 16.

Among the business items on the agenda will be the annual reports from the Board of Directors and the election of those officers whose terms expire as directed by the MACE by-laws. The offices of Professional Development Director, Treasurer and Sergeant-At-Arms will be up for grabs.

Registration and morning coffee begins at 8:30 a.m. and the annual meeting gets underway at 9:00 a.m. The morning seminar session, a Code Enforcement Mini-Summit dealing with foreclosed properties, will run from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch is included at no extra charge and will be served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The afternoon portion of the educational agenda is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and is a Building Construction Overview for Code Enforcement. The business meeting resumes at 3:30 p.m. as the 2012-13 Board of Directors are sworn in, the Code Enforcement Officer of the Year is announced, followed by any remaining business and adjournment.

Here is an overview of the Building Construction Overview class from presenter Jason Webb: In public sector, we all have one thing in common...a lot of what we do involves buildings in one way or another. Whether its fighting fires in them, making tactical entries, or inspecting for code compliance, knowing the building itself can be critical but its often overlooked. We'll take a unique look at how buildings are constructed, the differences in construction types and why owners and designers choose one over another. We'll discuss each of these concepts and more using our exclusive library of photos taken from throughout the mid-west and we'll do it all through the perspective of the code enforcement officer.

The Stoney Creek Inn is located at 2601 S. Providence Rd. Click HERE to visit the hotel's website. Click HERE to download a registration form for the meeting.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Tamara Schenke at 816-331-4331, extension 116 or email Tamara attschenke@belton.org.


Three Incumbents Seek Re-Election To Board Positions

The election of officers to the MACE Board of Directors will occur March 23 at the 20th Annual Business Meeting, at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia.

Per our by-laws, the positions of Professional Development Director, Treasurer and Sergeant-At-Arms will be decided this year. All three persons currently holding those positions have been nominated for re-election; James Sisk for the position of Professional Development Director, Lisa Bullock for the position of Treasurer and Traey Lambertz for the position of Sergeant-at-Arms.

Although no other candidates have announced as of press time, nominations may still be made up to election time, including at the Annual Meeting. Each position is a two-year term.


Foreclosures Are Topic Of March SLACE Meeting

Learn how to deal with regulations that affect property maintenance on foreclosed properties at the March meeting of the St. Louis Association of Code Enforcement (SLACE). William Roach (left), Community Relations Manager for LPS Field Services, will be the guest speaker. He will also present information on how to identify the responsible party of a foreclosed property.

The meeting is set for March 21 and gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and the regular monthly business meeting, followed by Mr. Roach's educational presentation, which is scheduled to wrap up at approximately 1:00 p.m.

The City of Bridgeton will host the March 21 meeting at Bridgeton City Hall, located at 12355 Natural Bridge Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044.


AACE Conference Coming To St. Charles,
Raffles Offer Vacation, Conference Registration

The 2012 AACE Annual Educational Code Conference is coming to Missouri for the third time in the association's history. St. Charles will host the gathering, slated for November 26-30 at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Click HERE to visit the conference page on the AACE website.

The first AACE conference held in Missouri was November 3-6, 1993 in downtown Kansas City. AACE opened the new millennium by returning to Missouri for their 10th annual conference November 3-5, 1999 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in Maryland Heights.

AACE is offering two raffles where members can purchase a chance to win a vacation trip to Texas Hill Country and registration to the annual conference.

Click HERE to download the vacation flyer, rules and raffle purchase form.

Click HERE to download the conference registration flyer, rules and raffle purchase form.


Sick Of Signs Contest Nearing End

In the profession of Code Enforcement, we all deal with the annoyance of illegal signs left on our roadsides and right-of-ways. Now you can get a small reward for all your hard work cleaning out those signs and beautifying your jurisdiction.

MACE is sponsoring a Sick of Signs Contest for our members. Contest flyers have been emailed out to all members. The competition started February 1 and ends March 15. MACE will award lunch to the code enforcement team who collect the most illegal signs in each of the following categories:

  • County with up to 200,000 population.
  • County with 200,000+ population.
  • City with up to 50,000 population.
  • City with 50,000+ population.

Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting on March 23 in Columbia. Email your results by March 16 to MACE Treasurer Lisa Bullock at lmbullock@hazelwoodmo.org.


Code Enforcement News & Notes
by Jim Fossell

  • MACE and SLACE member Doug Gregory was presented a plaque in recognition of his contributions to the profession of code enforcement upon the occasion of his retirement. The presentation was made by MACE & SLACE President Johnny Benisch at SLACE's December meeting (right). Doug previously worked for the City of Wentzville and frequently attended MACE and SLACE meetings and seminars. We all wish Doug well in his retirement.
  • The MACA/MACE joint conference committee is hard at work lining up topics and speakers for the 2012 joint fall conference to be held October 24-26 at the Resort at Port Arrowhead at the Lake of the Ozarks. Fees for the conference and lodging should be comparable to last fall's conference.
  • Anthony and Michelle Higgins of St. Charles County were charged after officials found 157 snakes and lizards and between 1,500 and 2,000 mice and rats used to feed them. Conditions inside the home were described as "extremely filthy." Click HERE to read the entire story from stltoday.com.
  • Any historians out there? I have completed as much MACE history as I can from personal experiences, old newsletters, conference programs, etc. I was out of code enforcement and MACE between 1999 and 2008, so I could use your help filling in pertinent events in MACE history during that era. I need accurate dates and locations for things like conferences or other notable events. Please check out the History Page on the MACE website. It will give you an idea of what type of information I am seeking. Also, if you haven't seen that page yet, check it out. It details the formation and growth of MACE in the early years and includes a logo evolution showing each MACE logo from 1992 to today.