STATE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
AND LAND SURVEYORS
Minutes of June 16, 2005
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.
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
Joseph Grabowy presented the Board with the following licensure figures:
Total PE/LS Licensed - 301
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.
Donald C. Meserlian, PE
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
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
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
The Board, on a motion by VP Vernick, second by BM Patel, unanimously voted to approve the following applications:
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
SIEMENS POWER TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION, INC.
GB ENGINEERING, LLC
DAVIES ENGINEERING, INC.
WALLTEK DESIGN, INC.
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
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
Susan Whitfield, ELSES Director of Operations RE: Protor Requests
Chuck Wallace, PE, Dir. of Examination Development RE: National Pass Rates (Engineering)
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.
On motion by BM Frantz, second by VP Vernick, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 2:30pm.