DRINKING WATER & WASTEWATER PROFESSIONALS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Board Meeting Minutes of 8/5/2009

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  William A. Thompson - Chair

                                                             Richard Dees

                                                             John Keady

                                                             Dion Holton

                                                             Larry Annen

                                                             Lance Nielsen

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Victor Villegas

                                                           

 BUREAU STAFF:                          Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Dawn Hall, Administrative Support Manager

                                                            Lori Peel, Investigative Unit Supervisor

                                                            Dave Hotchkiss, Investigative Coordinator

                                                            Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                            Mary Miles, Technical Records Specialist I

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                     Karin Magnelli, Deputy Attorney General

                                                            Lynn Tominaga, Idaho Water Policy Group, Inc.

                                                            Dave Curtis, Executive Director of the Idaho

                                                            Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

 

Meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM MDT by William A. Thompson.

 

 APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

A motion was made by Mr. Dees to approve the minutes of April 29, 2009; May 13, 2009; and July 29, 2009. Seconded by Mr. Keady, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. Cory presented the legislative update to the Board.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Ms. Hall gave the financial report.  This report is available on the website.  As of 06/30/2009, the Board has $168,164.94 in expenditures with a cash balance of $436,728.13.

 

Ms. Hall presented fee reduction options for the Board to review and discuss.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Dees to lower the original license fee, endorsement fee, and license renewal fee from $45.00 to $35.00 and to investigate the possibility of more exam sites and exam dates. Seconded by Mr. Keady, motion carried.

 

The Board discussed several options regarding CE record retention. No changes were made.

 

WWP-2008-31

 

Ms. Magnelli presented case WWP-2008-31 for Board review. The Attorney General’s Office recommendsed closing the case and sending a letter to the respondent notifying him of the Board’s determination.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Dees to close the case for WWP-2008-31. Seconded by Mr. Annen, motion carried.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hotchkiss presented two cases to the Board for determination.

 

I-WWP-2008-26   In response to an audit request, R submitted documentation of eight hours of approved CE obtained outside the audit period.  R subsequently provided proof of CEU compliance to the DAG.  IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Nielsen to close the case. Seconded by Mr. Keady, motion carried.

 

I-WWP-2009-60   IBOL was initially unable to determine from documentation submitted by R in response to an audit request how many hours were obtained during the audit period.  Subsequent review determined that R met the CEU requirement.  IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Annen to close the case. Seconded by Mr. Nielsen, motion carried.

 

RULES DISCUSSION

           

Mr. Hales presented to the Board the draft of the proposed rules for the Board to review and discuss.

 

Mr. Tominaga addressed the Board regarding the proposed rules for a Class I

license. He thanked the Board on behalf of Idaho Rural Water Association for the time and effort the Board has put forth to come to an agreement regarding the Class I rule.

 

Mr. Tominaga presented four questions to the Board that IRWA had concerns with.

1)     Can 520 hours be obtained in one calendar year for both distribution and treatment licenses? The Board’s answer was yes.

2)     Who is supposed to verify the hours an operator works on the application?

The Board’s answer was either the owner or supervisor. Mr. Hales added that whoever signs the Employer/Owner Affidavit must have personal knowledge and be able to verify the hours.

3)     Can an operator holding a Class I – Restricted license work at other systems

as a back-up operator? The Board’s answer was no; an operator holding a Class I – Restricted license can not use his license at any other system.

4)     What happens if a system is upgraded by DEQ from a Class I to a Class III?

The Board explained that DEQ has provisions for this scenario. The system will have adequate notice; this gives the operator the time he needs to upgrade his license. Mr. Hales added that DEQ cannot waive the Water & Wastewater laws and rules and that the system may need to hire a contract operator for the interim.

 

BREAK 10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

 

IDAHO CODE 54-2402

 

The Board discussed the exemption clause in Idaho Code 54-2402 with Dave Curtis, Executive Director for the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Mr. Curtis and the Board agreed that the Board needs to write a letter to the Engineering Board requesting its opinion and to work together.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Dees to direct Counsel to write a letter to the Engineering Board regarding the exemption clause in Idaho Code 54-2402. Seconded by Mr. Keady, motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Dees to adjourn for lunch. Seconded by Mr. Keady, motion carried.

 

The meeting reconvened at 12:50 P.M.

 

ABPA BAT APPLICATIONS

 

The Board is required to review and approve all ABPA BAT applications before a license can be issued.

 

 

 

WASHINGTON BAT REFRESHER COURSES

 

The Board agreed to accept the WA BAT refresher courses to meet the continuing education requirement for operators with an Idaho BAT license.

 

CE FOR INSTRUCTORS

 

The Board discussed the issue of instructors receiving partial credit for teaching a course. This would require a rule change; no determination was made.

 

PROPOSED RULES

 

Mr. Hales presented the draft rules with the changes the Board had discussed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Holton to approve the draft of proposed rules as presented. Seconded by Mr. Dees, motion carried.

 

BAT INSTRUCTORS

 

The Board discussed the requirements for BAT instructors. It was decided to research other states’ requirements and analyze them. It will be discussed at a future meeting for possible submission for the 2011 legislative session.

 

VSWS COURSES FOR LICENSURE

 

Mr. Nielsen explained to the Board that he took the Water & Wastewater rules to the Request for Proposals meeting held by DEQ. They are aware of the need for specific courses to meet the requirements for VSWS operator licensure.

 

ABC FAILURE RATE OF MULTIPLE LEVEL EXAMS

 

On Monday, August 3, 2009, Mr. Thompson participated in a conference call with ABC and several other states regarding the failure rate of multiple level exams.

ABC will research the options and update the participating states at a later date.

 

WASHINGTON, OREGON AND IDAHO CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE

 

A motion was made by Mr. Nielsen for John Keady to sit on the WA, OR and ID Certification Committee. Seconded by Mr. Holton, motion carried.

 

PLAQUE

 

A motion was made by Mr. Nielsen to approve the purchase of a plaque for the dedicated service of Bob Hansen whose term on the board has ended. Seconded by Mr. Holton, motion carried.

 

WEBSITE LINKS

 

The Board discussed the website and concerns that the exam; application deadlines and board meeting dates are difficult to find on the Water & Wastewater homepage. This information can be found under the Applying for Licensure link and the dates will be moved to the top of the page.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Mr. Keady to go into executive session to review applications for licensure and exam that are exempt from public disclosure per Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d). Seconded by Mr. Holton. Votes were: Mr. Holton, aye; Mr. Nielsen, aye; Mr. Keady, aye; Mr. Dees, aye; and Mr. Annen, aye. Motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Holton to come out of executive session. Seconded by Mr. Keady. Votes were: Mr. Annen, aye; Mr. Keady, aye; Mr. Holton, aye;

Mr. Dees, aye; and Mr. Nielsen, aye. Motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Holton to approve 24 applications for licensure and 92 applications for examination; to deny 8 applications. Seconded by Mr. Annen, motion carried.

 

CE COURSES

     APPROVED

IDAHO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION

            WHERE IS THAT NON-REVENUE WATER GOING?

            WATER WELL REHABILITATION UTILIZING CARBON DIOXIDE

            VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES

            VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES

            FIRE HYDRANTS: REFURBISH VS REPLACE

            COLLECTION SYSTEMS: MAINTENANCE & TROUBLESHOOTING

            UNDERSTANDING CONTROL VALVES

            GENERAL SAFETY REVIEW

            MBR/ACTIVATED SSLUDGE/BIO-NUTRIENT/PROCESS CONTROL

            WATER TREATMENT I & II LICENSE REVIEW

            WATER TREATMENT I & II LICENSE REVIEW

            OPTIMIZING LONG TERM WELL PERFORMANCES

            SELECTION & MAINTENANCE OF WATER STORAGE TANKS

            SOURCE METER SELECTION

            VFD HARMONICS IN POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

            WASTEWATER PROCESS CONTROL

            BASIC CROSS CONNECTION

            CREATE DAILY LOGS/REPORTS IN WORD

            CREATE USAGE REPORTS AND JOB REPORTS IN EXCEL

            DISTRIBUTION I & II LICENSE REVIEW

            DISTRIBUTION I & II LICENSE REVIEW

            PUMPS; THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM

PIPE AND VALVE TECHNOLOGY

            MOUNTED VALVE OPERATORS

            VALVE MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS

            INTRO TO GRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM MAPPING

            BUILDING A DATABASE WITH VITALS

            OPERATION & USE OF VITALS MOBIL & DESKTOP WITH GPS

            HYDRAULIC POWER UNITS & CIRCUITS

            PORTABLE VALVE OPERATORS

SOUTHWEST IDAHO SUBSECTION OF THE PACIFIC NW SECTION OF AWWA

            GROUND WATER RULES

            LEAD AND COPPER RULES

APPLICATIONS

     Approved for Licensure

                        BARRY JOEL S                                            DWD4-17025

                        BASSINE RANDALL ADAM                       WWC1-17088

                        CERNYAR NATHAN ELLIOT                      WWT1-17029

                        DAVIDSON JAMES R                                 WWT1-17013

                        DUSTIN JONATHAN LAYNE                      BAT-16984

                        GOFF JEFFERSON D                                BAT-16981

                        HERBERT THOMAS L                                DWT4-17000

                        HOBSON DALE M                                       DWD1-17080

                        KING CLINTON E                                         DWD1-16962

                        LANGLEY JEREMY J                                  WWC1-16993

                        LAUMANN CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS   BAT-16951

                        LOHR JEFFREY T                                        WWT1-16967

                        LONG MICHAEL V                                       WWC1-17073

                        MARTIN TYLER RAY                                    DWT1-16973

                        MCCLURE BRIAN                                        BAT-17049

                        NEHER MICHAEL A                                    DWD4-16956

                        NEHER MICHAEL A                                    DWT4-16957

                        NEHER MICHAEL A                                    WWC4-16955

                        NEHER MICHAEL A                                    WWT4-16954

                        SHERMAN JOHN G                                     DWD1-17082

                        TIMMERMANN SCOTT J                            WWT4-16995

                        TRULOCK TOM                                            DWD1-17042

                        VANCE WESLEY G                                     BAT-16963

                        WATSON SANDY M                                    BAT-16974

     Approved for Exam

                        AMY CASEY                                                 WWTOIT

                        ANDERSON MARK ALLAN                       DWD3

                        AYERS STEVEN WILLIAM                         DWDOIT

                        BASTERRECHEA LESLEA M                   WWT2

                        BATEMAN JEFF T                                       WWC3

                        BLAKE BRENT A                                         DWD1

                        BRINKLEY LEVI S                                        DWD2

                        BURTON JACQUELINE BERNICE            DWD1

                        BUTT RANDALL                                           WWC1

                        CARDWELL ROBERT T                             WWC1

                        CAROTHERS WILLIAM DOUGLAS          DWT1

                        CHAMBERS LONNIE RAY                         WWTOIT

                        CHAVEZ LEROY BEN                                 WWT1

                        CHISHAM ANTONIO DAVID GEORGE    WWTOIT

                        CORNELL JEFFREY ANDREW                DWDOIT

                        CRANE TROY M                                           WWT1

                        CRANE TROY M                                           WWC1

                        CROSSLEY DALE A                                   WWT3

                        CUEVAS ROBERTO L                                WWC1

                        DELLWO MATTHEW J                               WWTOIT

                        DEYOUNG CLINTON A                               DWD3

                        DILLAND GEORGE A                                 DWTOIT

                        DITTENBER MICHAEL U                            DWD1

                        DONEFF RONALD DANIEL                       WWCOIT

                        EDWARDS WILLIAM EARL                       WWC1

                        EDWARDS WILLIAM EARL                       WWT1

                        FAULKNER DAVID CHARLES                  WWTLA

                        FLEMING TRAVIS                                        WWT2

                        GAGNON JEFF                                            WWC2

                        GARCIA PHILLIP L                                       WWT3

                        GIBSON PHILIP MICHAEL                          WWTOIT

                        GRAY ANDREW JAMES                            DWT1

                        HALLE LENI SUE                                         DWD1

                        HEAVY RUNNER KEITH R                         DWT2

                        HENDERSON DAVID ALLEN                    WWC2

                        HILLS MICHAEL RAY                                  DWDOIT

                        HOFF ROBERT C                                        DWTOIT

                        HOWE DALE ORY                                       DWT1

                        JACKSON ERIC LAYNE                             DWD1

                        JACOPS SCOTT DANIEL                          WWT1

                        JANSON DAVID W                                      WWT2

                        JONES MURRAY LEONARD                     DWD2

                        KNIGHT CAREY LEE                                   WWT1

                        KNOLL JEFF J                                             DWT1

                        KRASOWSKI THOMAS                              DWD1

                        LAFAY STACY V                                          WWT1

                        LATINA ELIZABETH                                    DWT1

                        LEDBETTER RICHARD                              WWCOIT

                        LEVET MICHAEL                                         BAT

                        LIBERT MARK E                                          DWD4

                        MATNEY WILLIAM D                                   WWC2

                        MCCARTHY MICHAEL                                WWTLA

                        MCENTARFFER CARL                              BAT

                        MELCHOR PEDRO                                     DWDOIT

                        MOHLER JOSEPH KURT                           WWCOIT

                        MOORE JAMES PAUL                               DWDOIT

                        MORRIS BRENDA LEE                              WWTLA

                        NELSON CHAD C                                       DWD2

                        NULF CARL                                                  WWC1

                        OLDHAM STORMY L                                   WWCOIT

                        OLIVER JASON JOSEPH                           WWTOIT

                        PACKARD KELLY                                       WWTLA

                        PACKARD KELLY                                       DWD1

                        PEARSALL VICTOR                                    BAT

                        PEW BRANDON MICHAEL                        DWDOIT

                        POOLER SHANON E                                  WWC2

                        REICH SHANNON MARIE                          WWL2

                        RENNINGER DEAN J                                  WWT3

                        REYNOLDS-CROSSLEY DEBRA             DWD3

                        RICHARDSON DAVID L                             WWC1

                        RICHERSON STEVEN ALLEN                  WWTLA

                        RILEY KATHY M                                           WWL3

                        ROBERTS JAMES CLEAVER                   WWT2

                        ROGERS STEVE CURTIS                          WWCOIT

                        SCHMIDT COLIN J                                       DWD2

                        SESSIONS TOM V                                       WWTOIT

                        SHARP JUSTIN L                                         WWCOIT

                        SHERMAN JOHN G                                     DWT1

                        SPAULDING CLAUDIA LEIGH                   WWT3

                        THIEME DUSTIN MICHAEL                        WWCOIT

                        THOMAS F DAVID                                       WWT2

                        THOMAS LEE GILBERT                             WWT2

                        TRULOCK TOM                                            WWCOIT

                        TUCKER TERRY G                                      DWDOIT

                        VAN ORMAN JACQUELINE P                   WWCOIT

                        VANDYKEN CHAD M                                  WWTOIT

                        VEGA LEOLA A                                           WWT2

                        WEIGHALL AARON ELIJAH                       WWC1

                        WHITTED DANIEL STEVEN                      DWTOIT

                        WILLIAMS DARIN A                                     DWD2

                        WOOD GREG R                                           DWDVSWS

                        YERTON JANICE M                                     DWD3

     Denied

                        BROCKSOME BRYAN

                        ERICKSON JAMES DAVID

                        FALKINGHAM WILLIAM D

                        HIGGS DANNY H

                        LOHR JEFFREY T

                        O CONNOR RONALD NATHANIEL

                        ROMINE DARRELL

                        SMART GERALD M

 

NEXT MEETING November 4, 2009

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

A motion was made by Mr. Annen to adjourn the meeting at 4:50 P.M. Seconded by Mr. Keady, motion carried.

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William A. Thompson, Chair                             Richard Dees

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John Keady                                                      Dion Holton

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Victor Villegas                                                  Larry Annen

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Tana Cory, Bureau Chief