PRESS RELEASE Former Arizona School Facilities Board Member Indicted on Four Counts of Conflict of Interest
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
GLENDALE – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Vernal “Vern” Lee Crow, of Glendale, has been indicted on four felony counts of Conflict of Interest in connection with his appointed position as a member of the Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB). Crow is alleged to have failed to disclose his interest and his son’s interest in Red Tree Consulting LLC (Red Tree), a construction consulting company that benefited from three projects awarded by the SFB while Crow was a participating board member.
Crow previously owned Red Tree jointly with his son Michael until 2017. After 2017, Crow’s son was still an owner of Red Tree. Crow no longer serves on the SFB.
The indictment covers three individual items which were handled by the SFB in March of 2016, September of 2017, and November of 2017, while Crow served as a member of the appointed board. The case arose in part from a Performance Special Audit of the SFB by the Arizona Auditor General’s Office (#19-105).
In March of 2016, Crow allegedly failed to disclose his and his son Michael’s ownership of Red Tree despite participating in a decision by the SFB to provide funding to replace exterior piping at Taylor Elementary School. Red Tree benefited approximately $12,050 from the project.
Later in September 2017, Crow allegedly failed to disclose that his son Michael was the owner of Red Tree when he participated in a decision by the SFB to provide funding to renovate the roof at Desert Winds Learning Center in Casa Grande. Red Tree benefited approximately $24,700 from the awarded project.
And in November 2017, Crow allegedly again failed to disclose his son’s interest in Red Tree when he participated in a decision by the SFB to provide funding to replace exterior doors at Flowing Wells Junior High School in Tucson. Red Tree benefited approximately $6,500 from the project.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Assistant Attorney General Todd Lawson is prosecuting the case.
This case was investigated by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Section.
A copy of Crow’s indictment is available here.
OSHA National News Release
U.S. Department of Labor
April 20, 2022
US Department of Labor announces proposal to reconsider, revoke
final approval of Arizona's State OSHA Plan after pattern of failures
Concerns about state's commitment to worker safety, health led to federal action
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal to reconsider and revoke the final approval of Arizona's State OSHA plan, in response to nearly a decade-long pattern of failures to adopt and enforce standards and enforcement policies at least as effective as those used by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
State plans are OSHA-approved job safety and health programs operated by individual states rather than federal OSHA. The OSH Act encourages states to develop and operate their programs. OSHA approves and monitors all state plans and provides up to 50 percent of each program's funding.
OSHA has grown increasingly concerned that actions by the Arizona State OSHA Plan suggest the state is either unable or unwilling to maintain its commitment to provide a program for worker safety and health protection as the OSH Act requires. Arizona has, for example, failed to adopt adequate maximum penalty levels, occupational safety and health standards, National Emphasis Programs and – most recently – the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard.
If OSHA determines that a state plan is failing to comply with its obligation to remain at least as effective as OSHA, the agency may initiate proceedings to revoke final approval, and reinstate federal concurrent authority over occupational safety and health issues covered by the state plan.
The proposal is available for public inspection at the Federal Register, and will be published on April 21. With its publication, OSHA marks the start of the revocation process. The notice makes no substantive changes to the Arizona State Plan, nor does it give federal OSHA the authority to enforce occupational safety and health standards in Arizona.
Submit comments on the proposal by May 26, 2022. If necessary, OSHA will hold an online hearing on Aug. 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. EDT. Those interested in testifying or questioning witnesses must submit a notice of their intention by May 11, 2022.
Once OSHA has considered comments during the 35-day comment period, and reviewed testimony and evidence collected in the event of a hearing, the agency will publish a second Federal Register notice announcing its decision on revocation of final approval.
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There is a movement in the roofing industry to change how we recruit and train our workforce. With the shortage of skilled labor starting to have a huge impact. Its far past time we as an industry did something about it. Listen to this conversation. Its good and covers pretty much the entire movement to standardize training in the roofing industry.
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This classification allows the licensee to apply, repair, or install weatherproofing (i.e. asphaltum, pitch, tar, felt, glass fabric, flax, or other commonly used materials or systems) or roof accessories (i.e. flashing, valleys, gravel stops, or sheet metal) as required for the licensee to install and repair:
1. Roof tile
5. Metal roofing systems
6. Urethane foam
7. Roof insulation or coatings on or above the roof deck
This classification allows the licensee to replace up to 10 percent of the total roof substrate square footage as it relates to issues with substrate discovered after execution of the initial contract. Replacing more than 10 percent of the roof substrate square footage as it relates to issues with substrate discovered after execution of the initial contract requires licensee to subcontract work to a properly licensed contractor.
This classification also allows the licensee to install new or replace existing skylights where it does not require changes to the roof framing or roof structure and replace fascia not to exceed 24 linear feet.
Licensee may lift HVAC equipment to allow for proper installation of roofing material. However, the licensee must subcontract work to a properly licensed contractor if HVAC equipment ducting requires any modification to allow for proper installation of roofing material.
The Registrar of Contractors is out there looking for criminals, pretending to be contractors. Why do I say prepending? If you are not licensed in Arizona as a contractor. If you do not have an active ROC number. You are committing a crime. If you are out in public representing yourself as a contractor. And doing work as a contractor. You in violation of the law.
The Handyman exemption is an often-misunderstood rule. In short, the handy man exemption is for work that does not alter the structure. And the work has to be under $1000 labor and materials. Pretty much the basic household-maintained stuff. Replacing a doorknob, putting new piece of furniture together, cleaning celling fan blades, and so on. I ran two handyman companies by the way, and its pretty good business for a guy or gal, who likes to get it done and move to the next job.
However, if you go past that $1000 cost or start doing stuff like roofing, electrical, plumbing, framing, etc. Stuff that alters or requires some demolition work. You better check and make sure you are OK. A little job is not worth getting fined. Or even landing yourself in jail.
(b) In any case in which the work or construction is only a part of a larger or major operation, whether undertaken by the same or a different contractor, or in which a division of the operation is made in contracts of amounts less than $1,000, excluding any electrical fixture or appliance that was designed by the manufacturer, that is unaltered, unchanged or unmodified by any person, that can be plugged into a common household electrical outlet using a two-pronged or three-pronged electrical connector or that has internal batteries that do not exceed twelve volts in a single, series or parallel configuration and that does not use any other form of energy, including natural gas, propane or other petroleum or gaseous fuel, to operate or is attached by a nail, screw or other fastening device to the frame or foundation of any residential structure, for the purpose of evasion of this chapter or otherwise.
Read the entire law here
Our mission here at The Arizona Roofer, LLC is to keep you informed. Whoever you are. The owner, the contractor and especially the hard workers in the field. Please take your time to learn and understand the best means and methods for doing good business.
The roofing industry is hiring for all positions. Even so it is hard to find workers, which is true of all the trades. In our collective efforts to find new workers. Some roofers are taking to the air waves. Will it work? Will we find more workers by being on the radio?
Are you looking for a job? Don't discount roofing too fast. Thanks to new technology and ironically the labor challenge we face. Roofing is easier and safer that it has been before. And get this, you don't have to work on the roof.
The industry is hiring for all positions.
From the rooftop to the desktop.
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