Board Meeting Minutes: November 19, 2015

STATE OF MAINE BOARD OF LICENSURE FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

MEETING MINUTES Thursday, November 19, 2015

Location: Conference Room, 295 Water Street, First Floor, Augusta, Maine

Present: Board members present: Mandy Holway Olver, PE, Chair; Clifton W. Greim, PE, Vice Chair; George W. Ames, PE; Joyce Noel Taylor, PE; and Knud Hermansen, PE, PLS, Esq., PhD. Also present: Judith M. Peters, Assistant Attorney General; David Jackson, Executive Director; and members of the public.

  1. Call to Order, Minutes of prior meetings and other preliminaries

A. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Mandy Holway Olver, Chair.

On motion by Mr. Hermansen, and second by Mr. Ames, the Board voted 4-0 to approve the minutes of the board meeting held on August 13, 2015 as distributed.

  1. Committee Reports

A. Executive Committee (Chair) 1. Report on NCEES Annual Meeting, August 19-22, Williamsburg, VA, attended by Mandy Holway Olver and David Jackson. Executive Director to distribute notes from that meeting.

B. Finance Committee (Greim) 1. Book balance on November 9, 2015 was $186,685, compared to the book balance of $200,387 on November 6, 2013. 2. The number of active licensees on November 9, 2015 was 6348, compared to 6541 on November 13, 2013.

C. Rules Committee (Ames) 1. Legislative Designee forms filed by the Executive Director.

D. Examinations Committee (Hermansen) 1. Report on computer-based Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam results for past three years to be distributed to board.

E. Information Committee (Olver) The following articles are proposed for the Spring newsletter: a. Thoughts While Driving (Olver) – FE? b. Results of October 2015 exams c. Audit process and PDH records (Exec Dir) d. PDH course development e. NCEES meeting reports

F. Complaint Committee (Ames) 1. E10-003 On motion by Mr. Hermansen, seconded by Mr. Greim, the Board voted 4-0, with Mr. Ames recused, to deny Complainant’s Petition for Reconsideration of the Board’s decision in this matter on the ground that there was no new relevant information presented. On motion by Mr. Hermansen with second by Mr. Greim, the Board further voted to allow the Complaint Committee to address additional complaints in this matter by vote of 4-0 with Mr. Ames recused. 2. E15-001 On motion by Ms. Taylor, seconded by Mr. Greim, the Board voted 3-1, with Mr. Ames recused, to dismiss the complaint on the ground that there was no evidence of a violation of the Board’s laws or rules and provide a Letter of Guidance that will remain on file for 10 years. 3. E15-004 On motion by Mr. Hermansen, seconded by Ms. Taylor, the Board voted 3-1, with Mr. Ames recused, to dismiss the complaint on the ground that there was no evidence of a violation of the Board’s laws or rules.

G. Continuing Education Committee (Bartlett) 1. PDH course development is progressing, with the possibility that the PDH course will be operating by the end of the calendar year. 2. Requests for PDH exemption a. Mr. Bauman On motion by Mr. Hermansen, seconded by Ms. Taylor, the Board voted 4-0 to grant an exemption on the basis of an extenuating situation, hardship, or disability. b. Mr. Ellis On motion by Mr. Hermansen, seconded by Ms. Taylor, the Board voted 4-0 to grant an exemption on the basis of an extenuating situation, hardship, or disability. c. Mr. Sturgeon On motion by Ms. Taylor, seconded by Mr. Ames, the Board voted 4-0 to grant an exemption on the basis of an extenuating situation, hardship, or disability. d. Mr. Zhu On motion by Mr. Hermansen, seconded by Mr. Ames, the Board voted unanimously to deny an exemption on the basis of an extenuating situation, hardship, or disability.

H. Special Committees

  1. Communications

A. Email from G.F. Johnson and Associates B. Email from Bennett Engineering C. Letter from Mark Roberts, PE Executive Director to reply to communications.

  1. 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. Ames and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the actions taken by the Chair and Executive Director

B. New Engineer Intern (EI) Applications 1. Chula Gangsa On Motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Ms. Taylor, the Board voted 5-0 to approve Mr. Gangsa’s application for EI Certification based on his qualification under 32 M.R.S.A. 1352-A (2)(B).

D. Recently certified Engineer Interns

E. New PE Applications (Exec Dir) 1. Charles Guy Hearing to be scheduled for next available board meeting.

F. Tabled and previously considered

G. Reexamination Requests

H. Other applications or requests 1. Andrew Fournier Executive Director to respond explaining statute. 2. Daniel Roop Executive Director to recommend Credentials Evaluation.

  1. Pending Business

  2. New Business

A. Maine Engineers Week -- Expo, Saturday Feb 27, 2016, UMaine Field House On motion by Ms. Taylor and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 5-0 to support the Engineers Expo at the Leadership level of $2500.

B. Promotional budget On motion by Ms. Taylor and second by Mr. Ames, the promotional budget was set at $2000.

C. Report by Executive Director on renewal post cards and web-based printing of licenses. No action taken.

D. NCEES MBA Committee, December 7-8, 2016, Tampa, FL. On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Ms. Taylor, the Board voted 5-0 to send the Executive Director to the MBA Committee Meeting.

E. NCEES MBA Meeting, February 5 & 6, 2016, Atlanta, GA On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Ms. Taylor the Board voted 5-0 to send the Executive Director to the MBA Meeting.

F. NCEES Northeast Zone Meeting, April 21-23, 2016, Burlington, VT On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Greim, the board voted to approve Ms. Taylor, Mr. Ames, and the Executive Director to attend the Northeast Zone Meeting.

G. NCEES Annual Meeting, August 24-27, 2016, Indianapolis, IN Discussion postposed to a later meeting.

H. Public board member Executive Director to seek to replace the Public Member of the Board.

I. NCEES EPE Survey Discussion of survey question to determine if boards would use a practice exam as a basis for licensure. No action taken.

  1. Adjournment

A. Next scheduled meetings are January 21, 2016 and March 17, 2016 B. Meeting adjourned at 12:01PM.