Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, ID 83702-5642
Robert F. Hansen
Barry N. Burnell
Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
OTHERS PRESENT: Thomas Krasowski, Contract Water Operator
Larry warren, WRHOA
Watson, Mayor, City of
Amick, City of
Lynn Tominaga, Idaho Water Policy Group
Ms. Cory discussed the Board’s participation in PERSI.
A motion was made by Mr. Hansen for the Board to opt out of the PERSI option.
Seconded by Mr. Villegas, motion carried.
A discussion was held regarding the rule revision for the Class I operator license. The Board expressed concern with the competency of an operator and public safety. Public comment letters were dispersed to the Board and the audience. IRWA handed out the results of their survey regarding the number of hours proposed for a Class I license. Several options were discussed pertaining to the one year experience verses number of hours obtained in a specified length of time.
Mr. Burnell presented two options for consideration. The first option is a restrictive license with the following requirements:
Option 1: Class I Restrictive License – Site Specific
Option 2: Separating the licenses:
Mr. Leedy stated that he did not agree with the 100 hours for the Very Small Water System license. Mr. Hales responded by outlining the Board’s cooperation in working with IRWA by having meetings to come to an agreement on the rule verbiage and a public comments hearing.
Mr. Anderson wanted to know when DEQ became a voting member of the Board. Ms. Simpson presented the law to Mr. Anderson regarding the appointment of the Board members. IDAHO CODE 54-2404.2 The governor shall, within thirty (30) days after the effective date of this chapter, appoint seven (7) members to the board, two (2) of whom shall be drinking water system operators, two (2) of whom shall be wastewater system operators, and one (1) who shall be a backflow assembly tester, all of whom shall be citizens of the United States, residents of the state of Idaho and licensed under the provisions of this chapter, and one (1) who shall be lawfully entitled to reside in the United States and be a resident of the state of Idaho and not be licensed under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise affiliated with water or wastewater operations within five (5) years of the time of appointment, and one (1) who shall be the director of the Idaho department of environmental quality or the director’s designated agent.
The Board will wait until after Mr. Hansen has his meeting with Washington and Oregon Certification Boards to see if the proposed rule change will effect endorsement with either state. Mr. Hansen will present his findings to the board on May 13, 2009.
Mr. Burnell commented that he does not want to lower the Class I requirements below
The Association of Boards of Certification requirements and lose the endorsement option with other states.
Mr. Hansen commented that an operator needs to work all the seasons at a facility. The Board and the audience were in agreement.
Mr. Hales reminded the Board they have until August to submit a proposal.
A motion was made by Bob Hansen to consider the proposal of the following requirements for a Class I:
Seconded by Mr. Annen; motion carried.
The Board will review all correspondence and discuss at their May 13, 2009 Board meeting. Mr. Hales reminded the Board they cannot discuss the comments with each other via e-mail.
Mr. Tominaga suggested a sub-committee to research opinions of the proposal. Mr. Thompson commented he did not feel a committee was necessary and offered to attend any meeting with IRWA to listen to public concerns. Mr. Tominaga commented that he did not like how the Board held their meetings; that he wanted to have round table meetings. Mr. Hales explained that if there is a quorum of the Board members it must be scheduled as a public meeting and it must follow the open meeting law procedures. Mr. Annen found Mr. Tominaga’s comments disheartening. Mr. Thompson reminded Mr. Tominaga that the Board has tried to accommodate IRWA’s requests. Mr. Anderson commented that it will be difficult to please everyone.
A motion was made by Mr. Villegas to go into executive session to review continuing education applications that are exempt from public disclosure per Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d). Seconded by Mr. Hansen. Votes were: Mr. Hansen, aye; Mr. Burnell, aye; Mr. Villegas, aye; and Mr. Annen, aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Mr. Hansen to come out of executive session. Seconded by Mr. Villegas. Votes were: Mr. Burnell, aye; Mr. Hansen, aye; Mr. Villegas, aye; and Mr. Annen, aye. Motion carried.
IBOL OPERATOR LICENSING SEMINAR
H & E EQUIPMENT
BOBCAT LOADER TRAINING COURSE
CH2M HILL OMI
INDUSTRIAL PRETREATMENT PROGRAM FOR OPERATORS
DEQ REQUIREMENTS AND A NEW GENERATION OF OPERATORS
NEXT MEETING May 13, 2009
A motion was made by Mr. Burnell to adjourn at 12:05 PM. Seconded by Mr. Villegas, motion carried.
William A. Thompson, Chair Robert Hansen