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


Minutes of July 27, 2004





The Idaho Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Board meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses, Owyhee Plaza, 1109 Main Street, Suite 220, Boise, Idaho.


Roll Call:                    Bill Thompson – Chair

                                    Kevin Pfenning – Vice-Chair

                                    Victor Coles

                                    Robert Hansen

                                    Toni Hardesty

                                    Mike Schroeder

                                    Ross Spackman


Bureau Staff:              Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                    Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                    Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                    Patti Fanckboner, Office Specialist II


Others:                       Ron Sutcliffe, Deputy Attorney General

                                    Nancy Bowser, Department of Environmental Quality

                                    Lance Nielsen, Department of Environmental Quality

            Mike Duehlmeier, City of Boise




Moved by Robert Hansen, seconded by Mike Schroeder and carried that the minutes of the June 22, 2004 board meeting be approved.

Rayola Jacobsen presented the Board with the Legislative Report. There is an August 1, 2004 timeline for the submission of rules.  The rules are sent to Legislative Services, and over to the administrative rule writers. The rules are posted, and open to public comment.  The rules are then ready for Legislative approval.

Budd Hetrick presented the Board with the Financial Report for the end of fiscal year 2004. 

Moved by Victor Coles, seconded by Robert Hansen and carried to nominate Kevin Pfenning as Vice-Chairman of the Board. Approved by unanimous vote.

Rayola Jacobsen presented the Board with a discussion regarding continuing education and the pending assignment of a Bureau staff member to continuing education issues. The procedure for conference calls was also discussed in detail. 

Ross Spackman presented the Board with a web-based, distance learning course offered by the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) for certification of instructors, and discussed the criteria in detail. This item will be placed on the agenda for the next Board meeting for further discussion regarding instructors. Moved by Victor Coles, seconded by Kevin Pfenning to continue with status quo at this time through DEQ. Approved by unanimous vote.

Discussion was held regarding continuing education. Motion by Victor Coles and seconded by Toni Hardesty for the Bureau to assume the responsibility for the continuing education procedures during the transition period, working closely with DEQ until the transition is accomplished. Approved by unanimous vote.

Discussion was held on offering examinations more frequently than twice yearly. The Board does not wish to change the frequency of testing at this time because of escalating administrative costs. The Board believes that twice a year is sufficient.

 Discussion and clarification of the breakdown of state subsections for water and wastewater operators, and what the relationship will be, was addressed. Newsletters from the different subsections provide information from the Board to operators, and it is recommended that a Board member attend these meetings.  Communication regarding deadlines and testing can also be provided for operators through the Board’s meeting minutes posted on the Board website.  Other entities are free to pass that information around.  Mike Duehlmeier, City of Boise, reminded the Board of the importance of re-establishing the lines of communication between the subsections and the Board.  Nancy Bowser of DEQ also advised the Board that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that there be ongoing stakeholder/operator involvement with all aspects of the effective community.  Lance Nielsen of DEQ brought to the Board’s attention the identification of the Drinking Water Advisory Committee (DWAC), through DEQ, to serve as the stakeholder/operator involvement unit as an established advisory to meet the qualifications of the EPA.  Ron Sutcliffe of the Attorney General’s office presented the Board with the DWAC contract and proposed Stakeholder Rule 800.  It was recommended that a Board member attend each of the subsection’s board meetings to satisfy the EPA requirements of involvement. Mike Schroeder volunteered to attend the DWAC meeting, and Ross Spackman agreed to attend the SE Subsection meeting, with Mike Schroeder to assist.  It was also recommended by Toni Hardesty that the topic of subsections be periodically placed on the agenda for discussion of stakeholder involvement.

 Bill Thompson discussed Back Flow Assembly Tester Requirements with the Board. Current requirements are 32 hours of classroom instruction and pass a written and practical exam.  At this time there are 3 instructors in the State and 1 in training.  The exams previously handled through DEQ have now been passed to the Bureau.  Mr. Thompson recommended using the original exams, as ABC does have a backflow exam program.  At this time classes are scheduled on demand. Once the instructor has graded the exam and determined the passing scores, the Board does not need to review again. Rayola Jacobsen informed the Board that the Bureau has the benefit of the investigative unit to proctor the exams.  Endorsement for backflow assembly testers has been established with all the states surrounding. Exam fees were discussed. Motion by Victor Coles and seconded by Robert Hansen to keep the backflow licensure process as it is at this time. Approved by unanimous vote.

The Operator in Training program was discussed and will be placed on the agenda for the next Board meeting.

 Temporary and Proposed rules were reviewed, and terminology/definition revisions were made. Motion by Victor Coles and seconded by Robert Hansen that as a pre-requisite, a laboratory analyst applicant must hold a Lagoon or Class I Water/Wastewater operator certificate prior to applying for a laboratory license, and must maintain a current Lagoon or Class I license if they also serve as the operator of the system.  Approved by unanimous vote.  

Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Victor Coles to adopt rule changes made at this Board meeting.  Approved by unanimous vote.  

The Board directed DEQ to set up a wastewater advisory committee, the same as DWAC. This will be put on a future agenda item.

 Motion by Victor Coles and seconded by Ross Spackman to approve the blank application submitted by the Bureau for approval.

Motion by Robert Hansen and seconded by Kevin Pfenning to approve the licensure certificate form, and that only the Bureau Chief’s signature would appear on the certificate. 

Completed applications were reviewed.

Next Board meeting scheduled for August 25, 2004, roll call at 8:30 A.M.



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