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Sporting Clay Shoot this Thursday!!!!

by HBA of North Georgia on 10/18/16

We still have room for shooters! Sign up today and shoot Thursday. Come on  up to Etowah Valley Sporting Clay Park Thursday morning and have a day you will not soon forget. If you don't have a gun, no problem.  Etowah Valley will rent you one. If you've never shot before, no problem. We have plenty of shooters that will assist you along with the staff at Etowah Valley. Even if you are not shooting, come on up and enjoy the reception after the shoot.


by HBA of North Georgia on 10/13/16

As many of you know, there is an ongoing issue with new interpretation of the septic tank rules in our region. The new interpretation has a dramatic impact on what can be built on smaller lots in our area. Lake lots that would have previously been approved for a four bedroom home may only be approved for one bedroom now.

What was grandfathered in by the previous regional director of Environmental Health, is not under the new director. This devastating to owners of small lots in our area, with huge financial impact on owners of small lake lots.

Harold Kilgore of Gravelator systems will be addressing the Hall County Commission on this topic on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place at the Administration Building, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, 2nd Floor. The HBA would like to encourage everyone in the construction industry to attend this meeting to make the commissioners aware of the impact this could have on our community.

Tim Williams, one of our local past presidents, is representing us on a national level.

by HBA of North Georgia on 10/10/16

Tim Williams - ICC Voting Member
Only representatives of government agencies involved in the formulation, development or enforcement of codes are eligible to be actual voting delegates to the International Code Council that develops and publishes the I-codes, such as IRC – International Residential Code. Each jurisdiction or agency is allotted a certain of voting delegates based on size. DCA is a state agency and is allotted 12 representatives. In addition to his DCA staff, Ted Miltiades, Director of Construction, also selected Tim Williams as a DCA voting representative because of his knowledge, experience and tenure of the State Codes Advisory Code Committee (SCAC).

The SCAC has oversight of the code adoption process in Georgia. The make-up (representation) of the SCAC is established in GA law - OCGA 8-2-20 et seq. Tim represents the residential construction industry. There are several building code or fire officials on the SCAC that are ICC voting members, but it is difficult to include a private sector member. HBAG thanks Tim and Ted for all their efforts on behalf of housing.

New Overtime Rule Delayed 6 Months

by HBA of North Georgia on 09/30/16

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to delay the Department of Labor’s controversial overtime rule by six months. The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6904) would push the effective date of the overtime rule from Dec. 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017.

New Overtime Rule Could Seriously Impact Builders

by HBA of North Georgia on 09/26/16

The Dept. of Labor has a new salary cap for salaried employees. As of December 1st, the new salary cap is $23,660 which is half of the current $47,476. As we know, the construction industry is a seasonal, and cyclical industry where employees may work 50 to 60 hours a week during peak times and once the winter weather sets in, the same people may only work 20 hours per week.

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