STATE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
AND LAND SURVEYORS
Minutes of June 16, 2005
Public Session

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting of the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors was called to order by President James Valenti at 9:00 a.m. at 124 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor Union Conference Room, Newark New Jersey. All parties were duly notified of the time, date and place, with all pertinent material being provided.

SUNSHINE LAW ANNOUNCEMENT

President Valenti read the statement required by Chapter 231, Laws of 1975 known as the Open Public Meetings Act, and announced that notice of this meeting was prepared in the office of the Board and mailed to the Secretary of State, the Star Ledger, the Camden Press, and the Courier Post.

Present:

James Valenti
Richard Frantz
Edward Vernick
Lawrence Koo
James Kelly
Robert Marshall
Michael Angeline
Pravin Patel
James Cleary
Louis Raimondi

Absent: None

Others: Michelle Albertson, Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Grabowy, Assistant to the Executive Director, and staff members Ernest Gonzalez, Robert Welsh, Yolanda Winston, Barbara Cook, Managing Executive Director, Alok Jain, Managing Assistant, and 1 member of the public.

REVIEW OF MINUTES

April 14, 2005

The Board, on a motion by BM Patel, second by BM Frantz, unanimously voted to approve the minutes of April 14, 2005 as amended.

May 6, 2005

The Board, on a motion by VP Vernick, second by BM Kelly, unanimously voted to approve the minutes of May 6, 2005 as submitted. BMs Cleary, Marshall and Patel abstained from this motion.

May 19, 2005

The Board, on a motion by BM Patel, second by VP Vernick, unanimously voted to approve the minutes of May 19, 2005 as amended. BMs Koo and Raimondi abstained from this motion.

June 2, 2005

The Board, on a motion by BM Frantz, second by VP Vernick, unanimously voted to approve the minutes of June 2, 2005 as amended.

APPEARANCE BY DEVON GRAF, REGULATORY ANALYST, REGARDING THE SUNSETTING OF THE BOARD’S REGULATIONS

The Board continued its review of the proposed regulations and voted to have Board President Valenti, VP Vernick, and BM Kelly coordinate any final changes with the DAG and regulatory analyst, Devon Graf.

The Board, on a motion by BM Kelly, second by BM Patel, unanimously voted to approve the proposed regulations with changes.

President Valenti appointed BMs Angeline and Cleary to a committee to review and make recommendations on correspondence received from the Garden State Land Surveyors on modifications to the Board’s regulations.

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

General Report

Joseph Grabowy presented the Board with the following licensure figures:

Total PE/LS Licensed - 301
Total PEs Licensed - 18,326
Total LSs Licensed - 1,056

The Board, on a motion by VP Vernick, second by BM Patel, unanimously voted to approve that PCS release all grades from the April 2005 examinations.

Additionally, the Board on a motion by BM Patel, second by BM Raimondi, unanimously voted to send the NCEES invoice for the April examination costs to PCS for payment.

Mr. Grabowy reminded all Board members to submit their travel expenses for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 as soon as possible.

The Board reviewed a schedule of application deadline dates for the engineering examinations from the surrounding states. On a motion by VP Vernick, second by BM Patel, the Board unanimously voted to change its application deadline dates for the fundamentals of engineering examination to December 1 for the April examination and to July 1 for the October examination. This action will provide students with additional time to apply for the fundamentals of engineering examination.

Robert Welsh reviewed a list of the colleges visited by the Board to promote licensure. Future meetings will be scheduled with Fairleigh Dickinson University, the NJ College of Engineering and NJIT. The Board requested that Mr. Welsh obtain information concerning the annual meeting of deans in order that Board Members may attend.

Incoming Correspondence

Donald C. Meserlian, PE
RE: Closed disciplinary matter
(May 27, 2005)

Mr. Meserlian requested that the Board re-open the disciplinary matter against him and have it reviewed by another Deputy Attorney General.

After reviewing this matter and on a motion by BM Raimondi, second by BM Patel, the Board voted to advise Mr. Meserlian that the Board’s determination is final and the matter is closed and that it will no longer entertain any requests for reconsideration. Further, Mr. Meserlian may seek to appeal the Board’s decision through the appropriate appeal process, but not before the Board. Finally, the Board denied Mr. Meserlian’s request to seek to have another DAG review this matter. The Board noted that this matter had previously been reviewed by DAG Albertson’s supervisors.

Leon Bialkowski, PE
RE: Signing & sealing
(May 25, 2005)

Mr. Bialkowski requests clarification on whether a PE license is required for designing construction of concrete storage silos in New Jersey and, if yes, whether he can use his New York license for this project.

The Board will advise Mr. Bialkowski that he must have a New Jersey PE license to provide these services.

Claudine A. Scozzari
RE: Residential property ownership
(June 4, 2005)

Ms. Scozzari writes to the Division of Consumer Affairs regarding the sale of property. The Board was uncertain as to the facts of the matter or Ms. Scozzari’s request. The Board will send a copy of its statutes and regulations to Ms. Scozzari and request clarification on this matter.

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS

Licensure

The Board, on a motion by VP Vernick, second by BM Patel, unanimously voted to approve the following applications:

NAME APP # PE/EIT DECISION NAME APP # PE/EIT DECISION
D. MCLOUGHLIN 1095528 COMITY GRANT L. KELLER 1090737 COMITY GRANT
J. WILLET 1072823 COMITY GRANT J. ALEX 1023406 COMITY GRANT
R. HAIGHT 1096847 COMITY GRANT E.HENNESSEY 1082719 COMITY GRANT
W. CASTONGUAY 1097762 COMITY GRANT N. TOMASBI 1095585 COMITY GRANT
R. SPANG 1104634 COMITY GRANT B. ESCOTT 1029964 PE\EXAM TAKE F&P
K. LACINA 1102756 COMITY GRANT M. GELIN 992029 PE\EXAM TAKE F&P
B. HELLMER `1093769 COMITY GRANT K. AL-KHALIL 1074593 PE\EXAM TAKE F&P
M. GALAIKO 934561 COMITY GRANT H. PEDEN 1015423 PE\EXAM TAKE F&P
R. SARUP 1079072 COMITY GRANT J. CHIANELLA 1009735 PE\EXAM TAKE P
J. PHILLIP 1092885 COMITY GRANT J. DEGREGORIA 1081512 PE\EXAM TAKE P
C. DRUCKER 1095604 COMITY GRANT T. CISZKIEWICZ 52580 PE\EXAM TAKE P
M. WALKER 1100710 COMITY GRANT W. MILLER 1102036 PE\EXAM TAKE P
E. XANTHOPOULOS 1099491 COMITY GRANT M. DESAUTELS 1082583 PE\EXAM TAKE P
B. COLBURN 970364 COMITY GRANT - - - -

Certificates of Authorization

The Board, on a motion by VP Vernick, second by BM Frantz, unanimously voted to approve the following Certificates of Authorization:

SHEPHERD, HARVEY & ASSOCIATES
4168 ABBOTTS BRIDGE ROAD, STE. 102
DULUTH, GA 30097

SIEMENS POWER TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION, INC.
4700 FALLS OF NEUSE ROAD, STE. 220
RALEIGH, NC 27609

GB ENGINEERING, LLC
144 JEWELL STREET
GARFIELD, NJ 07026

DAVIES ENGINEERING, INC.
KINGMAN STREET
METAIRIE, LA 70006

WALLTEK DESIGN, INC.
9690 ANDERSONVILLE ROAD
CLARKSTON, MI 48346 Purposely left blank

Continuing Education Courses

The Board, on a motion by BM Angeline, second by BM Raimondi, unanimously voted to approve the following continuing education courses:

SPONSOR COURSE PDH

Alfred Leick Adjustment with Observation Equations 3
Alfred Leick Adjustment Algorithms 3
Alfred Leick Quality Control with Adjustment 3
Alfred Leick Fundamentals of Satellite Positioning 3
Alfred Leick Precise Point Positioning 3
Alfred Leick Precise Relative Positioning 3
Institute for Design Professionals Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice 7
Institute for Design Professionals Design and Delivery in an Electronic World 7

Full Board Review

Barney L. Hitt - #999789

The Board reviewed Mr. Hitt’s application for licensure and information that Mr. Hitt was disciplined in Tennessee for plan stamping. The Board noted that he has fulfilled all requirements in connection with the disciplinary matter. Also, there have been no further incidents.

The Board, on a motion by BM Kelly, second by BM Patel, unanimously voted to request that he provide an additional professional engineer reference.

Robert Lucchetti - #1079275

Upon review of Mr. Lucchetti’s application, the Board determined that he has failed to provide adequate proof that he has 2 years of original design experience. The Board will request that he appear for an interview in connection with this issue.

Igor Y. Maevski - #918368

The Board reviewed an evaluation from ECEI which indicated that Mr. Maevski’s education is not equivalent to an ABET degree since he lacks 16 hours of engineering design courses. The Board also noted that he has a PE license in New York. The Board noted, however, that he has a great deal of experience and it appears that he has the required courses.

The Board, on a motion by BM Raimondi, second by BM Patel, unanimously voted to approve his application for licensure by comity.

Roberto J. Ramos - #922574

The Board reviewed Mr. Ramos’ application and noted that his undergraduate degree is from Cuba. ECEI has been unable to obtain the required transcripts for evaluation. The Board requested that Mr. Ramos provide a course work analysis of his undergraduate degree for further evaluation by the Board.

Lenoid Berman - #1026784

The Board reviewed Mr. Berman’s application and noted an ECEI evaluation has not been requested with regard to his foreign degree. The Board will request that Mr. Berman provide his transcript to ECEI for evaluation.

RESPONSES RECEIVED FROM PREVIOUSLY ISSUED UNIFORM PENALTY LETTERS

Otto C. Guedelhoefer, III, PE

Mr. Guedelhoefer provided the Board with an explanation for his failure to renew and requested that the UPL be dismissed.

On a motion by BM Marshall, second by BM Vernick, the Board was unpersuaded and unanimously voted to reaffirm its previous decision.

DISCUSSION & INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

Linda Kellner, PCS RE: NJ Law Examination

Ms. Kellner wrote to the Board requesting its input with regards to setting a deadline for applicants in returning the NJ Law Examinations.

The Board, on a motion by BM Marshall, second by BM Kelly, unanimously voted to request that PCS set a one month deadline for return of the examination.

Betsy Browne, NCEES Exec. Dir. RE: Candidate Information Packet
The Board noted this memorandum for the record.

Susan Whitfield, ELSES Director of Operations RE: Protor Requests
The Board noted this memorandum for the record.

Chuck Wallace, PE, Dir. of Examination Development RE: National Pass Rates (Engineering)
The Board noted this information for the record.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No public comments were expressed.

MOVE TO EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion by VP Vernick, second BP Valenti, the Board unanimously voted to enter into Executive Session to review disciplinary matters.

RETURN TO PUBLIC

On a motion contained within the Executive Session minutes, the Board re-entered into Public Session to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion by BM Frantz, second by VP Vernick, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 2:30pm.

APPROVED BY:

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James K. Valenti, PE
President
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Joseph Grabowy
Assistant to the Executive Director