Iowa Party at Pizza Rock Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 5
The Iowa Night party at IBS should be a great time, we’re working on plans with Pizza Rock for Wednesday, February 5, 2014. It’s located at 201 North Third Street in Downtown Las Vegas. We’re still looking for sponsors – we do have Cascade and Lumber Specialties both on board, American Contract Sales is in, and Rich & Mary Fitch have committed to helping out as well.
Mark it on your calendar today – the early registration rates for IBS end tomorrow. To help you decide to go, here’s the menu:
Classic Caesar – Hearts of Romaine, house croutons and Parmigiano reggiano
Fried green beans – Tossed with Garlic and EVOO
Classic meatballs – Served with house made marinara and fresh grated parmesan
La Regina (Sicilian style) – Gold Cup Winner Intl. Pizza Championships Parma, Italy; Sopressata Picante, Proscuitto de Parma, Mozzarella, Provola, Parmaigiano, Piave, Arugula
Romana Pizzas (Romana Style) – A melody of a very long pizza made “three ways” with different toppings and flavors
New Yorker (New York/New Haven Style) – Mozzarella, Garlic, Hand Crushed Tomato Sauce, Natural Casing Peperoni, Italian Fennel Sausage, Ricotta, Oregano
Congressman Tom Latham Moving On at End of 2014 Term
You probably heard on the news Tuesday that Iowa Third District Congressman will not be seeking any other office after his term concludes at the end of next year. He’s been great for our industry and state. It’s a bummer, but understandable and we wish him well. In a note he wrote:
My professional life has taken me away from home often. In fact, in my 39 years of marriage to Kathy I have spent half of it on the road building a family business and the other half serving in the United States Congress. It is never a perfect time or a right time to step aside. But for me, this is the time. I want to share with you my decision that I will not be a candidate for any office in November of 2014. What makes this decision most difficult is the continued and faithful friendship and support I have received from you and so many friends. Because of you, I have never been in a stronger position to win reelection to Congress. I will never find the words that can adequately reflect how truly blessed I feel. For a farm kid from a small town in Franklin County this has truly been an amazing and honored experience. I still have one year left on my term and we have a great amount of work to do on behalf of this nation and her people.
Clean Water Act Redo – Pay attention
In a move that would have far-reaching effects on builders seeking stormwater and wetlands permits, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are expected to unveil a proposed rule in the coming weeks that would greatly expand federal regulatory jurisdiction over wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA). We have representation within our ranks on this and will keep you informed of future developments.
For the first time ever, the rule would specifically define ditches as jurisdictional tributaries. Moreover, any other man-made conveyance that drains or connects would also likely qualify as a tributary. The proposed rule would dramatically increase the number of isolated wetlands, ephemeral streams and “other waters” (a term that has not been defined) that would require federal wetlands permits.
A Huge Economic Impact
The regulatory consequences of this expanded jurisdiction are staggering. Allowing roadside, irrigation and stormwater ditches to be classified as waters of the United States obliterates state authority over land and water, which runs contrary to the CWA.
Under the strict terms of the CWA, any discharge into a waterbody covered under the act is illegal unless the property owner gets a permit. By expanding jurisdiction to features like ditches, EPA and the Corps will exert federal control over large tracts of state and private lands, requiring CWA permits from anyone who wants to do anything on that land.
Under the CWA, federal agencies issue permits frequently used by builders. The EPA or responsible state authorities issue permits under the Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program, while the Corps issues Section 404 dredge-and-fill permits for construction and other development projects.
Drastically extending the regulatory reach of the U.S. government over most bodies of water will result in a substantial economic impact. CWA permits can take years to obtain and cost thousands of dollars or more.
Only Congress reserves the authority to make such a sweeping change to the Clean Water Act.
In meetings with lawmakers, we are hammering home the point that the proposed rule would impede the fragile housing recovery and dramatically increase the cost and time needed to obtain a wetlands permit prior to home construction. It would also interfere with the ability of individual landowners to use their property, and thus negatively impact economic growth.