Idaho Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho  83702-5642

 

Minutes of June 22, 2004

 

The first meeting of the Idaho Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals was called to order at 1:05 p.m., June 22, 2004 at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses. 

Roll Call:         Victor Coles

                        Robert Hansen

                        Toni Hardesty

                        Ross Spackman

                        Bill Thompson

 

Bureau Staff: Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                        Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                        Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

     Patti Fanckboner, Office Specialist II

 

Others:           Ken Stingfield, Deputy Attorney General

                        Nancy Bowser, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

                        Lance Nielsen, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

 

Absent Board Members:      Kevin Pfenning

                                                Michael Schroeder

 

Minutes: 

Rayola Jacobsen called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m.  The first order of business was the election of officers. 

Motion by Victor Coles, seconded by Ross Spackman and carried to nominate Bill Thompson as Chairman of the Board. 

Motion by Robert Hansen, seconded by Ross Spackman and carried that nominations cease.  Approved by unanimous vote. 

Motion by Victor Coles, seconded by Ross Spackman and carried that Bill Thompson be Chairman of the Board. 

Rayola Jacobsen presented the contract between the Board and the Bureau for review in detail, the time being 1:10 p.m.  Motion by Toni Hardesty and seconded by Victor Coles to accept contract as is.  Approved by unanimous vote.  Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Ross Spackman to sign the contract. 

Budd Hetrick presented and explained the Financial Report. 

Budd Hetrick presented and explained the Investigative Report. 

Roger Hales presented the Board with the Proposed Rules for the Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Board.  The process was reviewed in detail and discussion followed. The Board requested copies of the ABC contract, and copies of the ABC Backflow Assembly Tester Exam to review before the next Board meeting. Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Ross Spackman to adopt the presented draft rules as Temporary Rules. Discussion followed. The vote was called, with two (2) voting aye, two (2) voting nay, and the Chairman voting aye. Motion carried. 

A 15 minute recess was called. 

Motion by Victor Coles and seconded by Toni Hardesty to move the scheduled October 27, 2004 exam to December 1, 2004. The application deadline would be moved to September 27, 2004. Approved by unanimous vote. 

The Board discussed scheduling a meeting for October 28, 2004, to review applications for examination. 

Nancy Bowser addressed the Board for a resolution regarding the operator-training program. She distinguished the difference between a training program and a certification program, and EPA’s required components. The DEQ recommends that training and licensing certification remain with the licensing agency for the convenience of the operator community.  DEQ remains responsible at this time to EPA for maintaining approval for the training and certification program. The Board was asked to pass a resolution to take over the oversight of the water and wastewater operator training programs. Federal requirements for training consistency were discussed with the Board, and that the State must require all operators to acquire the necessary amount and types of State approved training. There is also a federal mandate that training must be relevant to the needs of the operator, that the training needs be evaluated through examination performance, and that special training be provided for grandfathered operators.  These Federal requirements should be implemented into any proposed Board training/continuing education program. Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Victor Coles to place continuing education and training with discussion on the next Board meeting agenda. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Lance Nielsen addressed the Board regarding the required annual report to the EPA that covers nine (9) major categories.  The annual report is required to avoid having EPA withhold 20% (approx $1.6M) of the annual state revolving fund loan capitalization grant. The Bureau has readily agreed to assist, collaborate, and help with preparation of this report, to cooperate fully with the DEQ. Motion by Toni Hardesty and seconded by Robert Hansen for the Bureau to cooperate fully with DEQ for any information required for the EPA report.  Motion carried by unanimous vote. 

Budd Hetrick reviewed the reimbursement policy and appropriate forms with the Board. 

Discussion was held on the Board attending the ABC Conference this year. The Conference will be held in January. It was decided to place this item on the agenda for a future Board Meeting. 

Budd Hetrick presented a change to the language of rule 250, regarding a clarification requested by Ms. Bowser. Motion by Victor Coles and seconded by Toni Hardesty to approve the change to rule 250 regarding Scope of Practice.  Motion carried by unanimous vote. 

Agenda items for the next Board meeting: 

            Continuing Education requirements and training with discussion 

The breakdown of different State Subsections for water and wastewater licensure throughout the United States 

Backflow Assembly Testers requirements 

Review applications for licensure 

Review application form 

Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Victor Coles to set next Board meeting on July 27, 2004 at 8:30 a.m. 

Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Victor Coles to adjourn the meeting, time being 5:05 p.m. 


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