Board Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2011

Members Present: Board members present were; Dr. Donald Grant, P.E Vice Chair ;William A. Lotz, P.E.; Mandy Holway Olver, 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 Vice Chair Dr. Donald Grant in the Board Office on the Second Floor at 295 Water Street in Augusta.

  1. Approval of the minutes of previous meetings on November 18, 2010, Revised December 6, 2010.
    1. There were no corrections or additions to the revised meeting minutes. On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to approve the minutes.
  2. Election of officers.
    1. Chair - Mr. Sweeney nominated and Ms. Olver seconded that Dr. Grant serve as Chair, vote was 4 in favor, 0 opposed.
    2. Vice Chair- Mr. Sweeney nominated and Mr. Lotz seconded that Ms. Olver serves as Vice Chair; vote was 4 in favor, 0 opposed.
    3. Appointment of Committees - Chair is a member of all Committees
      1. Executive Committee -Dr. Grant, Chair and Mr. Sweeney
      2. Finance Committee - Mr. Ames
      3. Rules Committee- Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Lotz
      4. Examination Committee- Dr. Grant, Chair (all Board memmbers are on this Committee)
      5. Information Committee- Ms. Olver and Mr. Ames
      6. Complaint Officer- Mr. Ames
      7. Special Committees- Continuing Education/ Renewal- Mr. Lotz, Ms. Olver
  3. Executive Committee (Grant, Vice Chair)
    1. 2011 Northeast Zone Interim Meeting.

      At the November 2010 meeting, the Board voted to send two delegates to the zone meeting in Annapolis, MD in May. Ms. Olver, Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Ames expressed interest in attending. The NCEES will pay all expenses for two Board members.

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms.Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to send Ms. Olver and Mr. Sweeney to the 2011 Northeast Zone meeting to be held May 19-21 in Annapolis, Maryland .

    2. Appointment of Kathy Gustin Williams as an Emeritus Member.

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms.Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to appoint Kathy Gustin Williams as an Emeritus Member.

  4. Finance Committee: (Ames)
    1. Book balance on January 3, 2011 was $389,331. This compares to the balance on December 18, 2008 of $320,398
    2. The number of active licensees on January 3, 2011 was 5740.

      This compares to number of active licensees on December 18, 2008 of 5455.

  5. Rules Committee: (Sweeney)
  6. Examinations Committee: (Grant)
    1. Concurrence with the results of the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) examination held on October 29, 2010.

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms.Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to concur with the results of the October 29, 2010 PE exam.

    2. Concurrence with results of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) held on October 30, 2010.

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms.Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to concur with the results of the October 30, 2010 FE exam.

    3. Concurrence with the results of the Structural II examination held on October 29, 2010.

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms.Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to concur with the results of the October 29, 2010 Structural exam.

    4. Summary of October 2010 Exam Activities.

      Informational

    5. Candidate survey October 2010 Exams.

      Informational

  7. Information Committee: (Lotz)
    1. Spring 2011 Newsletter.

      Suggested Articles for the Spring Newsletter:

      1. Ms.Gustin Williams leaving the Board
      2. Article by the Chair.
      3. Article by Mr. Sweeney.
      4. Recently Resolved Complaints.
      5. 2011 Expo.
  8. Complaint Committee: (Ames)
    1. Licensee

      None

    2. Un-licensed

      None

    3. Disciplinary Action Taken by other jurisdictions against Maine PE.
      1. Kiumars Bahri- Letter sent as a result of Board action from November 2010 meeting and Mr. Bahri's response.

        The Board noted Mr. Bahri's response and agreed no further action is necessary.

      2. Robert A. Walz- Letter sent as a result of Board action from November 2010 meeting.

        Since Mr. Walz did not responded to the Board's letter, a second letter was sent by Mr. Foster. Any further action will be discussed at the 2011 March meeting.

      3. W. Gray Hodge- Letter and attachments updating action taken by other States in response to an incident occurring in 2009 in Florida.

        The Board noted Mr. Hodge's response and agreed no further action is necessary.

  9. Special Committees:
    1. Report by the Continuing Education Committee. (Grant)

      The members of the Continuing Education Committee are Mr. Lotz, Chair, Ms. Olver and Dr. Grant.

  10. Reading of communications:

    None

  11. Reading and considering application
    1. Review and concurrence of Chair/Executive Director actions:

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms. Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 Opposed), to concur with the following items 1 through 6:

      1. Licenses authorized for NCEES Certified Applicants.
      2. Comity licenses authorized by the Executive Director and a Board Member.
      3. Licenses by written examinations.
      4. Licenses by oral examinations.
      5. Reexaminations authorized by the Executive Director.
    2. New Engineer Intern (E.I.) Applications.

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed), to approve applications of Engineer Interns to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination listed on the attached list under Item #10.B.

    3. Recently certified Engineer Interns:

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Mr. Sweeney, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed) to approve the recently certified Engineer Interns listed on the attached list under Item #10.C

    4. New P.E. Applications:

      On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms. Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed), to accept the Executive Director's recommendations of all the listed applicants.

    5. Tabled and previously considered:

      none

    6. Reexamination Requests:
      1. Eric Newcomb, failed PE Exam many times wants to take the Exam in April.

        On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms. Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed), to allow Mr. Newcomb to take the April 2011 PE exam.

      2. Andrew S. Morrell, failed PE Exam more than three times wants to take the

        Exam in April.

        On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms. Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed), to allow Mr. Morrell to take the April 2011 PE exam.

    7. Other Applications or Requests.
      1. Timothy R. Gaston sent a letter asking for reconsideration. He was denied licensure because of not submitting proof of an acceptable BS degree.(See Letter of Preliminary Denial, dated December 16, 2010)

        On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms. Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed), to license Mr. Gaston based on Section 1352-A, 1, H.

  12. Unfinished Business
  13. New Business:
  14. Oral Exams:

    None

  15. Adjournment

Future meetings March 24, 2011 and June 16, 2011

On a motion by Mr. Lotz, seconded by Ms. Olver, the Board voted (4 in favor, 0 opposed)to adjourn the meeting at 10:28 AM.

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