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FROM:     Edward Bowie, Chairman


date:     May 5, 2009


subject:  Meeting Tuesday, May 5, 2009


The next Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday June 2, 2009 at 9:00 A.M., at the Key Bank Plaza, 286 Water Street, Augusta, ME. 





1.  Approve the May 5, 2009 minutes


2.  Discuss pending matters, complaints,

responses, application, etc.


3.  New Business


4.  Public Comments



Minutes of May 5, 2009 Meeting


Members Present:

Ed Bowie, Chairman

Dwight Doughty, DOT

Don Robbins, Public Member

Thomas Weddle, MGS

David Braley, DWP

Ike Goodwin, Driller







Others Present:

Paul Gauvreau, AAG

Carol Champagne, Board Clerk

Dean Getchell, Inspector









Call to Order:


The Meeting was called to order at 9:10 AM.


Approval of March 3, 2008 meeting minutes:


Don Robbins motioned to accept the March 2009 minutes. Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion.  Passed


Open seat on the Commission: 


     David Braley will check with the Governor’s Office for the replacement for Glenn Dyer whose term expired a more then a year ago.


Update on Complaints:


Ellen Paoletti - Dunham Well Drilling:


Ellen Paoletti contacted the Commission with a request to have Dean Getchell to re-camera the well to see what was below the bottom seal. 


The Commission has ordered Mr. Dunham to complete the corrective action by June 15, 2009 (agreed to by both parties) and to report to the Commission after the repair is done according to the Commission’s order.  


Dean Getchell is held under contract and can not camera wells outside the Commission’s request for inspections. If Ms. Paoletti wants the well re-camera she will have to hire a well driller to do that for her.


Closed Complaints: None


New Complaints:   None


Specialty Well Applications:




Specialty Well Applications done in House”


          Five SWA were requested in April. 


          Wells Fargo Bank – Clearwater Artesian Well Co Inc


          Dr. Nicholas Sadovnikoff & Marcie Rubin – Temple Well Drilling Inc


          Bill Johnson – Temple Well Drilling Inc


          Rick & Maureen West – Yankee Water Systems


          IN May:  Edward & Frances Minderlein – C & R Well Drilling


Exams requested:


Matthew Lord requested to sit for the Journeyman Well Driller & Journeyman Pump Installer exams.  Don Robbins and David Braley made a motion to accept the application.  Approved by the Commission.


Calvin Doane  requested to sit for the Journeyman Pump Installers exam.  Dwight Doughty and Don Robbins made a motion to accept the application.  Approved by the Commission.


Ryan Ball requested to sit for the Master Well Driller & Master Pump Installer exams.  Dwight Doughty motion to accept the application and Ike Goodwin 2nd the motion.  Approved by the Commission.


Scott Abbott requested to sit for the Master Pump Installer exam.  Don Robbins & Dwight Doughty motion to accept the application.  Accepted by the Commission.

Ike Goodwin recused himself from the voting.


Examinations Passed in April 2009:  




New Business:


David Braley explained to the Commission about a complaint that came in that was not a violation of the Well Driller & Pump Installer’s Rules but a civil case due to the cost of the well.


Changes made to the Hydrofract forms.


Geo-Thermal: Discussion was pertaining to the time frame of getting paperwork done in order to be ready for January 1, 2010.


Meeting Dates for 2009 


          January 6, 2009         July 7, 2009

          February 3, 2009        August 4, 2009

          March 3, 2009           September 1, 2009

          April 7, 2009           October 6, 2009

          May 5, 2009             November 3, 2009

          June 2, 2009            December 1, 2009


Subject to change.


The next Well Drillers Meeting will be:  Tuesday June 2, 2009, at 9:00, Key Bank, 286 Water Street, Augusta ME.



Meeting Adjourned 11:35 A.M.