Board Meeting Minutes: January 15, 2015

STATE OF MAINE BOARD OF LICENSURE FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

MEETING MINUTES Thursday, January 15, 2015

Present: Board members present were: Mandy Holway Olver, PE, Chair; Clifton W. Greim, PE, Vice Chair; George W. Ames, PE; Lawrence E. Bartlett, PE; and Joyce Noel Taylor, PE. Also present were: Judith Peters, Assistant Attorney General, and David Jackson, Executive Director.

  1. Call to Order, Minutes of prior meetings and other preliminaries The meeting was called to order at 9:03 a.m. by Chair Mandy Holway Olver in the First Floor Conference Room at 295 Water Street in Augusta, Maine.

A. On motion by Mr. Greim and 2nd by Mr. Ames, the minutes of the board meeting held on November 20, 2014 were approved by a 6-0 vote.

B. Election of officers: 1. Chair – Mandy Olver. On nomination by Mr. Ames and second by Mr. Greim, Ms. Holway Olver was elected Chair by a vote of 6-0 in favor.

  1. Vice-Chair – Clifton Greim. On nominated by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Ames, Mr. Greim was elected Vice Chair by a vote of 6-0 in favor.

  2. Appointment of Committees (Chair makes committee assignments and is a member of all committees) a. Executive Committee – Ms. Olver, Mr. Greim, and Ms. Taylor. b. Finance Committee -- Mr. Greim, Mr. Ames, and Mr. Guimond. c. Rules Committee – Mr. Ames, Mr. Hermansen, and Ms. Taylor. d. Examination Committee – Mr. Hermansen and all board members. e. Information Committee – Ms. Olver and Mr. Hermansen. f. Complaint Officer – Mr. Ames. g. Continuing Education Committee – Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Hermansen, and Mr. Guimond. h. Special Committees – No current appointments.

  3. Committee Reports

A. Executive Committee (Chair)

B. Finance Committee (Greim) 1. Book balance on January 2, 2015 was $385,226 compared to a balance of $417,035 on January 7, 2013.

  1. The number of active licensees on January 2, 2015 was 6047, compared to 5979 on January 7, 2013.

C. Rules Committee (Ames)

  1. Executive Director was instructed to research cloture and emergency legislation.

D. Examinations Committee (Hermansen)

  1. Concurrence with the results of the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) examination held on October 24, 2014.

  2. Concurrence with the results of the Structural examination held on October 24 and 25, 2014.

On a motion by Mr. Hermansen, seconded by Mr. Bartlett, the Board voted 6-0 to concur with the examination results.

E. Information Committee (Olver)

The following are proposed articles for the Spring 2015 newsletter: a. Thoughts While Driving (Olver) b. Results of October 2014 exams c. Upcoming Renewal (Exec Dir) d. PDH recordkeeping and consequences e. PDH course development f. Report on NCEES Meetings

F. Complaint Committee (Ames)

  1. Licensee a. E14-003 At time of renewal Licensee attested to completion of the required number of PDH hours. When audited, Licensee was unable to substantiate the number of PDH hours required. Board voted 5-0, with Mr. Ames recused, to offer a Consent Agreement that with an admission the Licensee will receive a formal reprimand and pay a $500 fine.

b. E14-004 At time of renewal Licensee attested to completion of the required number of PDH hours. When audited, Licensee was unable to substantiate the number of PDH hours required. Board voted 5-0, with Mr. Ames recused, to offer a Consent Agreement that with an admission the Licensee will receive a formal reprimand and pay a $500 fine.

c. E14-005 At time of renewal Licensee attested to completion of the required number of PDH hours. When audited, Licensee was unable to substantiate the number of PDH hours required. Board voted 5-0, with Mr. Ames recused, to offer a Consent Agreement that with an admission the Licensee will receive a formal reprimand and pay a $500 fine.

d. E14-007 Upon presentation of the complaint, the Board voted 3-0, with Ms. Holway Olver, Mr. Ames and Ms. Taylor recused, to dismiss the complaint because the evidence presented was insufficient to establish a violation of Board statute or rule.

G. Continuing Education Committee (Bartlett)

  1. Second Audit progress report – some responses still outstanding.

  2. PDH course development ongoing, Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Hermansen assisting in the development of questions with the goal of completing one hundred questions by the March 19 Board meeting.

H. Special Committees

  1. Communications

  2. Applications

A. Review and concurrence of Chair/Executive Director actions

  1. Temporary certificates issued.
  2. Comity licenses authorized for NCEES Model Law Engineers.
  3. Comity licenses authorized by the Executive Director and Chair.
  4. Licenses by written examination.
  5. Re-examinations authorized by the Executive Director.

On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Greim the Board voted 6-0 to concur with items 1-5 above.

B. New Engineer Intern (EI) Applications 1. None

C. Recently Certified Engineer Interns

D. New PE Applications (Exec Dir)

  1. Request for provisional PE Exam for applicant with pending complaint. On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Greim the Board voted 5-0, with Mr. Ames recused, to allow this applicant to sit provisionally for the PE exam during the pendency of a complaint. The applicant will not be eligible for licensure until and dependent upon the resolution of the complaint.

F. Tabled and Previously Considered 1. Executive Director was instructed to schedule an appropriate time to hear the appeal of a PE Exam applicant who was issued a preliminary denial.

G. Reexamination Requests

  1. Brandy Piers On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Ms. Taylor, the Board voted 6-0 to approve the applicant’s request for reexamination.

G. Other applications or requests

  1. Pending Business

  2. New Business

A. NCEES Northeast Zone Meeting, Apr 30-May 2, Harrisburg, PA On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Greim, the Board voted 6-0 to send Mr. Jackson, Ms. Holway Olver, and Mr. Greim to the NCEES Northeast Zone Meeting, and to authorize Mr. Jackson to vote on behalf of the Board.

B. NCEES Annual Meeting, August 19-22, 2014, Williamsburg, VA Discussion postponed to March meeting.

C. Mr. Bartlett will make a presentation to NSPE in March during Engineers Week.

D. Expiration of office lease Executive Director is authorized to explore other options in coordination with the state agency that coordinates office space.

E. PDH compliance during renewal. On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Ames, the Board voted 6-0 to review the renewal applications of individuals who have previously failed to comply with PDH requirements, and to audit their renewal application for PDH compliance prior to renewing their license.

  1. Adjournment

A. Next scheduled meetings are January 28, 2015 and March 19, 2015

B. Meeting adjourned at 11:15 AM.