Idaho State Drinking Water and Waste Water Professionals Board

Professionals Board

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho 83702-5642

 

Minutes of May 23-24, 2007

 

 

 

ROLL CALL:                          William A. Thompson-Chair     

                                                Michael N. Schroeder, Board Member

                                                Robert F. Hansen, Board Member

                                                Kevin M. Pfenning, Board Member

                                                Rich Dees, Board Member

                                                Barry Burnell, DEQ Representative

 

 

ABSENT:                                Ross Spackman, Board Member

 

BUREAU PRESENT:              Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                Mary Miles, Technical Records Specialist I      

 

OTHERS PRESENT:              Superintendent, Tom Luna

Jack Bennion, Idaho Regional Director PNCWA

                                                Shane Jeff

                                                Tim Johnson

                                               

                                 

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chair, Bill Thompson. 

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to approve the minutes of January 24, 2007. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

Motion made by Mike Schroeder to approve the minutes of March 21, 2007. Seconded by Barry Burnell, motion passed.

 

Tana Cory presented the legislative report. The Legislature approved hiring 2 additional investigators and 2 support staff.

 

Budd Hetrick presented the financial report. The web link for the public to review the financial report is: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eibolpublic/tmpfinbudget.aspx?Bureau=wwp

Bill Thompson asked if the Board could appropriate money to purchase computers for online exams. Mr. Hetrick explained it would need to go through the legislature.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report. The web link for the investigative report is http://ibol.idaho.gov/WWP/Disciplinary/WWP_INV_2007-05-23.htm

FY2007: Ten (10) complaints have been received to date. Of those, six (6) have been forwarded for legal review; two (2) remain under investigation; and two (2) await Board determination.

Motion made by Bob Hansen to close case WWP-L1-2-2007-1 as recommended by IBOL. Seconded by Rich Dees, motion passed

Motion made by Rich Dees to close case WWP-B6C-2-2007-7 as recommended by IBOL. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

Roger Hales discussed when DEQ upgrades facilities and the effect on operators.

 

Shane Jeff addressed the Board with his concerns on the multiple level exam taken on March 7, 2007. IBOL has contacted ABC and requested they update their website; and exam letters mailed to the operators to include “multiple level” when applicable. Ms. Cory will address this issue with the exam proctors. Concern was noted if the exam facilities could accommodate the extra time required for multiple level exams. A possible option is to hold the multiple level exams in Boise.

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to waive Shane Jeff’s re-examination fee for the July 18, 2007 exam. Seconded by Kevin Pfenning, motion passed.

 

Discussion regarding ABC’s guidelines.

Exam Length                            Recommended Time Limit

100 questions                                       3.0 hours

120 questions                                       3.5 hours

150 questions                                       4.5 hours

180 questions                                       5.5 hours

 

Motion made by Kevin Pfenning to accept the ABC guidelines. Seconded by Rich Dees, motion passed.

 

Discussion regarding correspondence received from Anthony T. Waters.

 

Motion made by Kevin Pfenning to waive Anthony T. Waters’ re-examination fee for the July 18, 2007 exam. Seconded by Rich Dees, motion passed.

 

Tim Johnson addressed the Board regarding operator education and experience clarification. The Board suggested he contact the Electrical Board. Mr. Johnson would need to submit an application with experience documentation for the Board to review. The rules can be found on the IBOL website.

 

Jack Bennion addressed the Board regarding the Continuing Education application process. The Board explained that all providers must submit a completed, signed and notarized application with the required supporting documents for continuing education course approval.

Mr. Bennion discussed out of state courses and what the Board requires in approving these courses. Mr. Hales explained an operator can take a continuing education course anywhere and submit the certificates for approval. The Board will review the information provided and determine if the course is relevant and approve or deny the course. An operator can take any course and if it has not been pre-approved by the Board; he can submit the continuing education application along with the required documents for board approval.

 

Motion made by Rich Dees to form a committee to research the rules of WA., UT., OR., NV., and MT. related to CEU approval process as compared to Idaho’s. Seconded by Bob Hansen, motion passed.

 

The committee consists of Rich Dees, Bob Hansen, and Mike Schroeder. Mr. Dees will research Oregon and Nevada. Mr. Hansen will research Washington and Montana. Mr. Schroeder will research Utah. The committee will update the Board at their July 25, 2007 Board meeting.

 

Motion made by Rich Dees to have legal council draft a proposed rule such that we will automatically accept CEU courses that are relevant and approved by the states of WA., OR., UT., NV., and MT. for both drinking water and wastewater. Seconded by Bob Hansen, motion passed.

 

Break 9:50am

Called to order at 10:00am

 

The Board presented an educational proposal for training in the high school vo-tech to Superintendent, Tom Luna. If there is a demand or interest in water or wastewater professions it could be possible to have the training programs implemented. Several questions and options were discussed regarding the development of such a program. Mr. Luna stated the he could offer assistance developing a curriculum that would create a career path for interested students. It would then be available to local districts. The Board would need to contact the local school districts and find a pilot site to test and perfect the curriculum. This type of program is valuable to students who will not be going to college.  Melissa McGrath, Department of Education, will research other states to see if they have a similar program at the high school level.  Ms. McGrath will also arrange a tour of CASA for Board members to 

see first hand how their programs are implemented.

 

Roger Hales discussed the issue of facilities being upgraded by DEQ and the effect of the operator’s current license. Discussion of possible options; temporary license or rule change.

Barry Burnell stated that DEQ does not have any rules or guidance pertaining to the operator’s license if he is not in compliance after a facility upgrade. EPA also does not have any guidance on how to handle the issue. The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) does not have information on other states with the same licensing issue. The question was raised if ABC has a specialty license upgrade exam; ABC will be contacted and the Board will be apprised of their answer. Suggestions are for DEQ to have this information in their newsletter and for IBOL to send notices to operators with renewal forms recommending upgrading their license by one grade.

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen for IBOL to draft a notice to be included with renewals recommending operators who qualify, maintain their license at one level above the system class.  Seconded by Rich Dees, motion passed.

 

The SWIOS Conference held May 22-24, 2007 at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel gave attending operators inaccurate CE credit. Once a course has been approved for a specific time it cannot be changed. The conference coordinator needs to send letters to the operators and the Board with the correct CE information. Mr. Bennion will contact the conference coordinator regarding this matter.

 

Discussion regarding combining the Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston examination locations. The Board agreed this would be inconvenient for the operators.

 

Discussion of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) certification. ABPA is accepted for endorsement and refresher courses in Idaho.

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to change Rule 300.01 to add and recognize ABPA, USC, and ABC examination for Backflow Assembly Tester licensure in Idaho. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

Motion made by Rich Dees to break for lunch and reconvene at 1:00pm. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

1:00 pm Board Meeting reconvened.

 

Discussion regarding Continuing Education Application guidelines for conferences. All applications must be complete, signed and notarized and submitted with the following documents and or information:

Applications received incomplete will be returned to the provider for completion. Applications can be submitted by either the conference provider or the individual instructor. When the instructor submits the application; the course can be approved for 2 years. Courses submitted by the conference provider are valid for the conference date only. The Board discussed revising the CE application for conferences. Barry Burnell volunteered to revise

the application for conferences vs individual courses and submit to the Board for review.  

 

Discussion regarding the ABC exam failure rate as noted in ABC’s newsletter The Certifier. The Board will review the Need to Know Criteria before the July 25, 2007 board meeting. ABC will be contacted for Idaho’s exam passing rate and presented to the Board at their next scheduled meeting.

 

Discussion of possible rule changes and definitions. Rule changes will be on the agenda for July 25, 2007.

 

IBOL – Rules of the Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals – IDAPA 24.05.01.010 Definitions: Add the following definition:

 

Direct Supervision – Supervision in a way that will ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the Public Drinking Water or Public Wastewater System. Supervision shall include, but not be limited to, providing written, hands-on, or oral instruction as well as verification that the instructions are being completed.  The Supervisor has an active daily on-site and/or on-call presence at the specific facility.

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to request legal counsel include the definition of direct supervision as provided by DEQ into the definition section of the rules. Seconded by Kevin Pfenning, motion passed.

 

Discussion regarding the definition of a licensed operator; who should or should not be licensed for public safety. The Board would like to define what system integrity includes and what the water quality and quantity issues are. The suggestion was made to gather input from associations, interested parties and have DEQ ask for public comments in their newsletter. The Board will revisit this issue at their next meeting.

 

Discussion regarding Large Soil Absorption systems. The Board has decided to not make any changes at this time. Barry Burnell, DEQ, will compile 10 questions for the Board to review for the Wastewater Treatment – Class I exam relevant to large soil absorption.

 

The discussion regarding utilizing DEQ facilities for online exams has been tabled to the July 25, 2007 agenda. DEQ has a scheduled meeting for June 6, 2007; Barry Burnell will advise the Board Chair with the results. Rich Dees will contact Wyoming and arrange a conference call during the July 25, 2007 meeting to discuss how they administer online exams.

 

ABC submitted new exams for Wastewater Treatment, Collection and Wastewater Laboratory for the Board to review. These exams will be reviewed during executive session and returned to ABC.

 

Break 3:35pm

Called to order at 3:50pm

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to go into Executive Session to review applications exempt from public disclosure per Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to come out of executive session. Seconded by Kevin Pfenning, motion passed.

 

Motion to adjourn and reconvene at 8:00am, May 24, 2007. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

Adjourned at 5:00pm.

 

May 24, 2007

 

The Board Chair called the meeting to order at 8:00am.

 

Motion made by Kevin Pfenning to go into Executive Session to review applications exempt from public disclosure per Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

Motion made by Mike Schroeder to come out of executive session. Seconded by Kevin Pfenning, motion passed.

 

Motion made by Mike Schroeder to close applications with no action within the last 12 months or more. Seconded by Rich Dees, motion passed.

 

Motion made by Bob Hansen to approve 157 applications for examination and licensure.16 applications were denied pending further information. Seconded by Mike Schroeder, motion passed.

 

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR THE JULY 18, 2007 EXAMINATION:

ABBE DAVID L

ADAMS CRAIG ALLEN

ANDERSON ANTHONY F

ARMKNECHT WILLIAM

BARTLETT RANDY W

BASTIAN BRUCE W

BELLER ROBERT W

BENNETT LESLIE

BLACK DANIEL L

BONNER EMMETT LEE

BOUCHARD MEGEN R

BREDEHOFT TINA M

BRONSON RICHARD NEIL

BROWN SAMUEL LLOYD

BRUNETTI TODD A

BUCKLIN DAVID ERIC

BUCKNELL RICHARD T

BURTON JACQUELINE BERNICE

CAPSON TRAVIS D

CAPSON TRAVIS D

CAREY WILLIAM J

CARHART STACY DAVID

CARLSON KIRK K

CHENOWETH VAN A

CHESNUT MICHAEL W

CLEMENS DARREL S

COOK DAVID V

CORN MATTHEW C

COX JAMES ROBERT

DALEY MIKE E

DAVENPORT HUGH F

DAVIS ROYCE O

DAY FLOYD H

DEHAAS MERLE

DIXON RICHARD C

DOHERTY JOSEPH F

DRAKE RANDELL K

DUNN MARSHALL JAMES

EDMONSON MICHAEL F

ELDREDGE KURT

ELLIOTT DAVID

ELLIOTT RANDELL DALE

ESKEW ADRIAN T

EVANS BRUCE K

FISHER MICHAEL DON

FORBUSH CRAIG B.

FORD GEORGE T

FRANK JEFFERY W

GARNER RODNEY

GEARHART RONALD M

GEARHART RONALD M

GERDAU JAMES R

GORTSEMA KENNETH J

GRIMM BOB W

GROTH JAMES TYLER

HALL BRIAN IRA

HANSEN CLAIRE M

HANSEN KENNETH TODD

HANSEN ROBERT F

HAYES GILBERT TODD

HEIDT JOSEPH A

HEIGHES TREVER MICHAEL

HELGERSON MICHELLE M

HOLDSCLAW SHAWN

HOLTHAUS MICHAEL G

HOLTON DION W

HOSLEY GERALD L

JEFF SHANE

JERNBERG DUANE P

JOHNSON CORINNE A

JOHNSON ELMER L

KING CLINTON EDWARD

KIRKPATRICK JOHN S

KLOCK JEFF

KNAPP SHELDON LAWRENCE

LADELY DOUGLAS WARREN

LOPP MARK STEVEN

LOSTUTTER DANIEL W

LUBKE TRACY LYNN

MACNICHOL DOUGLAS A

MALINA JEFF P

MARTIN HAROLD D

MARTIN TYLER RAY

MASON ERIC C

MEHIEL THOMAS J

MENDENHALL DENNIS K

MILLER MARTIN L

MOONEY GEORGE A

MUMMERT MICKEY D

MYERS WILLIAM BRENT

NELSON BARRY G

NOLAN GARY ALAN

OYADOMARI ELDON

PAPPAS BEBE C

PAULIN JOSEPH B

PERROTTA LORIN M

PEYMAN JOHN E

POOLE ROBERT MARIUS

POOLER SHANON E

RABEN FRED

RENNAKER CHARLEY R

REYNOLDS TODD WADE

RICHARDS RANDY

RIGBY STEVEN LEE

ROBINSON AUSTIN W.

ROMINE DARRELL

SARGENT WILLIAM DREW

SAUREY LEVI BRENT

SAWYER STACY

SCHMILLEN TIMOTHY T

SCHNADT LAURELEI ROSE

SCHROEDER JEFFERY DEAN

SHARP DWAYNE E

SLACK KEITH DUANE

SNOOK DEAN

SNOOK DEAN

SPENCER RUSSELL L

STALEY JERRY LYNN

STANTON JOHN MICHAEL

THOMAS LEE GILBERT

THORNTON JEROME C

TURNER RICK EVAN

VANWINKLE JANICE LYNN

VOGEL DEXTER J

WALKER JONATHAN RALPH

WAYNETSKA JOHN J

WEES JESSE LYNN

WHITAKER TORREY J

WILCOX RHONDA E

WILLIAMS DARIN A

WILSON TIMOTHY R

WIRTZ BRYAN L

WORKMAN PATRICK

 

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR THE NOVEMBER 7, 2007 EXAMINATION

 

BALTIERRA TONY R

LORD JACKY DELANE

SCHLAPIA RICK C

 

 

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR LICENSURE

 

ANCHONDO JOE

BUYS DOUGLAS RAY

CONKLIN JEREMIAH F

DALE MARK STEVEN

ELLIOTT ALEXANDER RAY

HAGUE DANIEL B

HANSEN KENNETH W

LYNCH BRANDON MICHAEL

MITCHELL RICHARD WAYNE

MURPHY DUANE LAWRENCE

NAVE ERVIS L

OWENS DAVID LAMAR

PATTIE G. RYAN

PERKINS RON

SANDERSON MELVIN EUGENE

SCHEEL RAYMOND DOUGLAS

SPEARS MICHAEL

STRINGHAM DANIEL D

WESTERGARD ROGER ALAN

WHEELAN JASON A

WITHROW ROBERT JAMES

 

APPLICATIONS DENIED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

901090063

901091127

901050751

901047189

901054637

901061300

901078396

901092624

901047125

901059932

901051682

901030934

901038596

901070776

901064074

901030697 

 

Motion made by Mike Schroeder to adjourn. Seconded by Bob Hansen, motion passed.

 

The next board meeting is scheduled for July 25, 2007.

 

The board meeting was adjourned at 1:35p.m.