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

  Minutes of February 16, 2005


The Idaho Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

Roll Call:                                 Bill Thompson, Chairman

                                                Kevin Pfenning, Vice Chairman

                                                Barry Burnell for Toni Hardesty

                                                Robert Hansen

                                                Mike Schroeder

                                                Ross Spackman


Bureau Staff:                         Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                                Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II

                                                Patti Fanckboner, Office Specialist II

Absent Board Member:        Victor Coles, excused


Other:                                    Sergeant Robert Neuland, Mountain Home Air Force Base

                                                David Frost, Micron Technologies

                                                Jack Tollerud, Micron Technologies

                                                Mike Duehlmeier, City of Boise


Motion by Robert Hansen to accept the minutes of January 25, 2005. Seconded by Kevin Pfenning and carried.

Rayola Jacobsen presented the Board with the Legislative Report. The Board’s Temporary Rules were accepted by both houses with no discussion and without questions.

Sandee Hitesman presented the Board with Continuing Education material to be reviewed. Any future continuing education requests will be required to be prepared on the appropriate forms. The Board reviewed continuing education requests with discussion. Retroactive requests must come before the Board. Changes to the continuing education requirements for approval will be an item for the April Board meeting. Motion by Robert Hansen to deny requests for continuing education that were not approved by the Board. Continuing Education Secretary to comply. Seconded by Barry Burnell and carried.

Sandee Hitesman then presented the Board with continuing education audits for the Board’s review.

Budd Hetrick presented the Board with the Investigative Report. There is one complaint to date and it is under investigation.

Budd Hetrick then presented the Board with a report from the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) Conference he attended with Board Member Victor Coles on January 26 – 28, 2005 in New Orleans. Topics of interest were on-line examinations, continuing education and instructor qualifications, industrial waste operators and levels for examinations, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants for operators and possible cut-backs, case studies of operator investigations, water security issues and the FBI’s role, and ABC’s process of correcting examinations. 

Sergeant Robert Neuland addressed the Board concerning reciprocity with ABC versus reciprocity from other states. Mr. Neuland holds two licenses in Michigan, and feels that these credentials are useless in Idaho. Mr. Neuland requested that the Board accept ABC’s examination results and certification as the equivalent to licensure in other states. Mr. Neuland has not submitted applications to the Board for review as yet, and noted that he has taken the ABC examinations at Mountain Home Air Force Base. The Board requested that Mr. Neuland make application to the Board and supply all the information that pertains to his licensure from Michigan. The Board also discussed the military exemption with Mr. Neuland.

David Frost and Jack Tollerud with Micron Technologies addressed the Board regarding continuing education concerns. The Board was advised that Micron had provided courses to its operators, however, those courses had not been submitted to the Board for prior approval. Mr. Tollerud and Mr. Frost asked the Board to consider post-approval for the courses provided by Micron. The last record of Micron course approval from DEQ was dated November, 2001.  The Board noted the requirement that continuing education approval must be applied for annually. Mike Duehlmeier addressed the Board as the previous continuing education coordinator, and admits that there may have been a gap in record keeping, but that all information was turned over to DEQ. 

Motion by Kevin Pfenning to go into executive session to consider potential legal issues. Seconded by Robert Hansen and carried. Motion by Barry Burnell to come out of executive session. Seconded by Mike Schroeder and carried.

The Board determined that Micron operators must submit documentation to the Board for review regarding the course material, syllabus of the course, instructor guidelines and agenda. If the course material is rejected, Micron operators will have 60 days to comply with other Board approved courses. In the future, Micron must submit documentation for Board approval prior to course offerings. The application process was reviewed with Mr. Frost and Mr. Tollerud. All continuing education courses must be approved by the Board.  Course offerings must be submitted in a timely manner, allowing the Board to follow the required procedure. Mr. Frost and Mr. Tollerud stated that they appreciate the consideration and the communication with the Board.

The Board reviewed continuing education requests from two licensees. Motion by Kevin Pfenning to require the operators to submit continuing education applications for approval along with a syllabus of the course, instructor guidelines, and agenda for Board review. If the Board does not approve these courses, the Board will grant a 60 day extension to comply with the continuing education requirements. Seconded by Mike Schroeder and carried.

Discussion was presented by Bill Thompson regarding back flow assembly tester examinations and a need for a new examination to be created. Motion by Kevin Pfenning to accept the examination questionnaire the Bureau created and mail it to all current back flow assembly testers for creation of a future examination. Seconded by Mike Schroeeder and carried.  The Board Secretary is instructed to mail these questionnaires.

Bill Thompson and Budd Hetrick are to attend the Tri-State Conference that will be held February 28. The topic of this meeting is continuing education between states.

Barry Burnell presented the Board with information  that DEQ is compiling on wastewater system classifications. This continues to be a work in progress, with information arriving daily.

The Board scheduled their next meeting date for April 20 – 21, 2005 with a 9:00 a.m. start.

Barry Burnell addressed the Board regarding the annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report the Bureau and DEQ are jointly preparing. The Board determined that both DEQ and the Bureau should sign this report.

Motion by Robert Hansen for the Board to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosure as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code. Seconded by Kevin Pfenning and carried.

The Board reviewed thirty (30) applications for examination. Four (4) were held for more information.

Continuing education requests were reviewed by the Board, and approved courses have been posted on the website.

Motion by Kevin Pfenning to adjourn. Seconded by Mike Schroeder and carried, the time being 3:45 p.m.

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