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Ukiah Gun Club faces state fines over volunteer work

The Ukiah Gun Club is facing fines because of improvements done by volunteers that may have violated state law.

In a letter sent to club members this week, attorney Erik Petersen explained that an investigator from the State Contractors License Board visited the Gun Club on Vichy Springs Road on Tuesday to “inspect various sites” that had been recently worked on, including the facility’s front gate and septic system.

The investigator’s visit was prompted by a complaint made against the club’s president, Audie Norbury, by a member or members of the club in regard to the volunteer work that Norbury and others had done for the recent upgrades.

Petersen notes that the club could be cited for the volunteer work, because it may have violated “the applicable codes doing volunteer work that has a value in excess of $500.”

Petersen said the complaints “may prevent any further volunteer work that has a value of over $500 and could result in fines,” and therefore the complaints “may end up costing the Gun Club thousands of dollars in labor costs and problems in the future.”

Petersen said current work being done on the club’s Helldorado project may also be affected, as the investigator apparently asked whether there were permits for that work and who was in charge of it.

“Unfortunately, Mike Drumm is doing volunteer work and may also be questioned and fined regarding this work,” Petersen notes. “This (is) unfair to all who volunteer their time.”

Petersen ends his letter by stating that he “tried to advise the board and other members of the Gun Club to do their best to stop the political fighting and move forward with Gun Club business in a fair and non-politically motivated way.”

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I suspect a club member who is a contractor turned them in.
 

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Most states have a building code requirement and a licensed contractor requirement for any work performed on a structure occupied by the public. In the case of the sewer system work, it can involve permitting from not only the local health dept., but the EPA as well. Messing with sewer systems is a big no-no. The EPA carries a big stick (fines and lawsuits)
 

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That was kind of dumb on the club's part. Once a complaint was filed the city/township had no choice but to investigate.
The front gate is probably not a big deal if it were just repairs but if it was replaced or significantly changed then a permit should have been pulled. There is no way around the sewer part of this. Doing work on that is a no no as others have already mentioned.
 

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Sounds more like an internal "Pissing Contest"!! Kick the Squealers OUT of the club... It's hard enough to get Volunteers, then have some Butt-Head or Butt-Heads that are two dam lazy to get involved dump the apple cart. It's easy to sit back and bitch and moan. It's a little different to pitch and give a helping hand. JMHO
 

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What connection does the attorney have, if any, with the club? The article doesn't say. Sounds like he is just a shyster whining on behalf of some contractor that got beat out of some work because the club members were capable of and willing to do the work themselves.

The instruction from Richard III comes to mind: "First thing we do, we kill all the lawyers."
 
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