Board Meeting Minutes: August 18, 2011

Revised September 6, 2011

Members Present: Board members present were; Dr. Donald Grant, P.E ,Chair ; George W. Ames, P.E; Clifton W. Greim, P.E; Lawrence E. Bartlett, P.E. and Kenneth L. Sweeney, P.E. Also present were Judith Peters, Assistant Attorney General and Warren T. Foster, P.E., Executive Director.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:05 a.m. by Chair Dr. Donald Grant in the First Floor Conference Room at 295 Water Street in Augusta.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting and other preliminaries.
    1. Approval of the minutes of previous meetings on June 16, 2011. There were no corrections or additions to the meeting minutes. On a motion by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Ames the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed) to approve the minutes.
  2. Executive Committee (Grant)
    1. NCEES 90th Annual Meeting, August, 24-27, 2011 in Providence, RI. Mr. Ames and Mr. Bartlett led a discussion on issues to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in Providence.
    2. Executive Director’s Position The Board tabled the discussion on the Executive Director’s Position to the November 17th Meeting. and asked Mr. Foster to distribute job descriptions for the Licensing Supervisor, Office Assistant and the Executive Director to the Board prior to this meeting.
  3. Finance Committee: (Ames)
    1. Book balance on August 1, 2011 was $254,535. This compares to the balance of $201,121. on July 21, 2009.
    2. The number of active licensees on August 1, 2011 was 6000. This compares to 5685 on July 21, 2009.
    3. $32,100. was transferred to the General Fund in June. Mr. Foster reported that in addition to the June transfer, $10,700 would be transferred to the General Fund in FY 2012.
  4. Rules Committee: (Sweeney)
    1. Report of the Committee on changes to Laws and/or Rules. Mr. Sweeney led the discussion on the proposed changes to the Statutes. The Board agreed that changes are not emergency legislation and the proposed changes could be submitted in August of 2012. Discussion of these changes will continue at the November meeting.
  5. Examinations Committee: (Grant)
    1. Concurrence with the results of the Structural II (PE) examination held on April 8 and 9, 2011. On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Sweeney the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed) voted to concur with the results of the Structural II Exam.
    2. Possibilities of subsidizing the administration fees for the FE exam. At the June 2011 meeting the Board asked the Executive Director to investigate the possibilities of subsidizing the administration fees for the FE exam and report his findings at the August meeting. The Board asked the Executive Director to report back to the Board in November the potential impact of paying the administrative fees for first time FE exams for all qualifying students from Maine Colleges and Universities.
  6. Information Committee: (Olver)
    1. Fall Newsletter
      The following articles were suggested for the Fall Newsletter at the June Meeting:
      1. Articles introducing our new members. (Mr.Greim and Mr. Bartlett)
      2. Mr. Lotz leaving the Board
      3. Potential changes to the Laws and/or Rules.
        Additional article suggested at the August meeting were:
      4. Article from the Chair that would include the upcoming license renewal and other current information.
      5. Report on the NCEES Annual Meeting. Article deadline is September 30.
  7. Complaint Committee: (Ames)
    1. Licensee None
    2. Unlicensed None
    3. Complaints filed by other jurisdictions against Maine PE’s 1. Response from Mr. Lawrence E. Bennett, P.E. to Board’s Letter sent June 27, 2011. On a motion by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Ames the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed) to not renew Mr. Bennett’s License.
  8. Special Committees:
    1. Continuing Education Committee Dr. Grant appointed Mr. Bartlett as the Chair for the Continuing Education Committee.
  9. Reading of communications:
    1. ABET visits fall 2011. Informational
  10. Reading and considering applications:
    1. Review and concurrence of Chair/Executive Director actions: On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed), to concur with the following Item 10- A, 1 through 6:
      1. Temporary certificates issued.
      2. Licenses authorized for NCEES Certified Applicants.
      3. Comity licenses authorized by the Executive Director and Chair.
      4. Licenses by written examinations.
      5. Licenses by oral examinations.
      6. Reexaminations authorized by the Executive Director.
    2. New Engineer Intern (E.I.) Applications. On a motion by Mr.Ames, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (5 in favor,0 opposed), to concur with Item B.
    3. Recently certified Engineer Interns. On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr.Bartlett, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed), to concur with Item C.
    4. New P.E. Applications. On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Bartlett, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed), to concur with Item D.
    5. Tabled and previously considered. None
    6. Reexamination Requests.
      1. Oscar F. Emerson, Jr. – Applied to take the Principle and Practices Exam. On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Bartlett, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed) to table until the November meeting.
    7. Other applications or requests.
      1. Neil Bhasin- Applied for Licensure by Comity.
        A motion by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr.Ames, to preliminarily deny the application as not being eligible for licensure by comity pursuant to 32 M.R.S.A. Section 1352-A(1)(A) failed by a vote of 1 in favor, 4 opposed.
        A second motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Bartlett, to grant a license to Mr. Bhasin pursuant to 32 M.R.S.A. Section 1352-A(1)(H) failed by a vote of 1 in favor, 4 opposed.
        On a third motion by Mr. Greim, seconded by Mr. Bartlett, the Board voted (4 in favor, 1 opposed) to approve Mr. Bhasin to sit for an oral examination pursuant to 32 M.R.S.A. Section 1352-A(1)(G).
      2. Michael Gerazounis
        On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed), to grant Mr. Gerazounis a license in Maine.
      3. Bryan Kleist
        On a motion by Mr. Ames, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed), to grant Mr. Kleist a license in Maine.
      4. Kiran Chandran-
        On a motion by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Ames, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed) to table Mr. Chandran’s application pending receipt of proof of his undergraduate degree and a copy of his transcript directly from the undergraduate institution.
  11. Unfinished Business: None
  12. New Business: None
  13. Oral Exams: None
  14. Adjournment
    1. Next meetings are November 17, 2011. and January 19, 2012
    2. On a motion by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Ames, the Board voted (5 in favor, 0 opposed),to adjourn at 11:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Warren T. Foster, P.E Executive Director