Minutes of February 11, 2003
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting of the Home Inspection Advisory Committee was called to
order by Chairman Thomas Kraeutler at 9:50am in the Union Conference
Room, 3rd Floor, 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey. All parties were
duly notified of the time, date and place and all pertinent material had
SUNSHINE LAW ANNOUNCEMENT
Joseph Grabowy, read the statement required by Chapter 231, Laws of
1975, known as the Open Public Meetings Act, and announced that notice
of the meeting was prepared in the office of the Committee and mailed to
the Secretary of State, the Star Ledger, the Courier Post, the Bergen
Record and the Atlantic City Press.
Arthur Russo, Executive Director, Joseph Grabowy,
Auditor/Accountant Assistant, Ernest Gonzalez, Senior Clerk
Transcriber, DAG Olga E. Bradford, Martha Richardson, Staff, and 5
members of the public.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
On a recommendation of the Sub-Committee, the Committee unanimously voted to the following:
October 8, 2002
Approval of the minutes of October 8, 2002 as written.
November 12, 2002
Approval of the November 12, 2002 minutes as amended by the Sub-Committee.
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ED Russo distributed a brochure from Tri-State Alarm Company
which indicates that this company compensates home inspectors for
providing it with the names and addresses of the inspector's clients as
potential leads for its services.
After a review of the brochure, the Committee determined that a
conflict of interest exists between the home inspector involved and
Tri-State Alarm Company representing a direct violation of the
prohibited practices section of the regulations. DAG Bradford will
formulate a response to Tri-State Alarm Company for the Committee's
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ED Russo informed the Committee that a draft home inspector
application jacket has been prepared. The Committee unanimously
approved the file jacket with amendments.
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The Committee discussed the approval letters mailed to home
inspectors approved for licensure. The Committee suggested a revision
be made to the letter to explicitly indicate that the identification
card included with the letter must be signed and returned along with the
activation form and licensing fee.
A discussion ensued regarding complaints which have been
previously forwarded to the Office of Consumer Protection for
adjudication. The Committee seeks to develop a process by which to
cross-reference the names of the home inspectors identified in the
complaints with applicants applying for licensure. The Committee agreed
to this new process.
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The Committee requested that ED Russo determine the status of the
Home Inspector Consumer Information Brochure previously sent to the
Director's office for review.
The Honorable Byron Baer
RE: Licensure as a home inspector
(January 23, 2003)
This response dealt with a request by one of Senator Baer's
constituents who complained that there are not any schools available in
southern New Jersey where an individual may take the approved home
inspector course required for licensure. He states that the closest
approved school would require approximately three hours of travel time
from his home in Glouster County.
The Committee reviewed and approved a draft response to Senator Baer's letter.
S1685 - Revises the "grandfather" provisions for
eligibility for a licensed home inspector licensure.
Joseph Grabowy informed the Committee of its position in opposition
to this bill which had previously been submitted to Tisha Adams,
A567 - Revises various provisions of the "Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act"
Joseph Grabowy indicated that a follow-up letter was sent to TIsha
Adams indicating the Committee's opposition to this bill.
APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS
The Committee unanimously voted to approve the following applications for licensure:
|Frank Tiedeken|| 904751|
| William Partmann|| 927492|
| Adam Gee|| 920998|
| Brian Meara || 904861|
|Samuel Flamma|| 912077|
| John Nahm|| 912277|
| Ernest Borsellino|| 921001|
| Paul Arthur|| 904747|
| Barry Benevento|| 904730|
| Anthony Szabo|| 932666|
| Hugh Mc Farland|| 930592|
| James Finnan|| 908461|
The Committee also unanimously voted to approve the following
applications for licensure contingent upon the submission and
satisfactory review of additionally requested information:
|William Barry|| 904750|
|Phillip Opalski|| 908457|
|Michael Sgaramella|| 912049|
|Albert Reid || 912055|
|Scott Lang|| 903944|
|Craig Lewis || 912058|
|John Brancato|| 908815|
|Harris Myers|| 911327|
|Joseph Vitale|| 904661|
|Phillip Borsellino|| 904849|
|Gerard Guilfoyle|| 920992|
|Joseph Staub|| 912060|
|Rajendra Bansal|| 908607|
|Carlos Ceballos|| 920983|
|Douglas Dailey|| 912090|
|Richard Pettite || 904674|
The Committee agreed to send a letter to these conditional
applicants informing them of the urgency to submit the requested
information to expedite their applications.
Additionally, the Committee unanimously delegated authority to VC
Fitzpatrick to review the information submitted by these conditional
applicants for a final review.
The Committee briefly discussed the issue of error & omission
insurance policies expiring prior to the renewal date indicated on home
inspector licenses. Its concern focused primarily on not being aware
that an licensee's error & omission insurance policy may expire prior to
a renewal of said license. The Committee will continue to monitor this
The Committee addressed the concerns of the public attendees
present at this meeting. The following issues were discussed:
Robert Fico stated that ASHI will be instituting a Ride-Along Program
to help those seeking licensure as Associate Home Inspectors obtain the
requisite inspections in the presence of a licensed home inspector. He
also stated that many members have indicated that they will be charging
those "trainees" a fee to assist them. The Committee informed Mr. Fico
that it is not a prohibited practice to charge for a ride-along
Peter Danielle stated there are many individuals who have taken a
home inspection course through a national school and believed that,
since it is a national school, it is automatically approved to meet the
licensure requirements in New Jersey. The Committee stated that this
topic would be an item of discussion in a future press release.
MOVE TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
On a motion by CM Corrado, seconded by VC Fitzpatrick, the
Committee unanimously voted to enter into Executive Session for the
purpose of completing the Executive Session agenda.
RETURN TO PUBLIC SESSION
On a motion contained within the Executive Session minutes, the
Committee re-entered Public Session for the purpose of adjournment.
On a motion by CM Corrado, seconded by VC Fitzpatrick, the Committee
unanimously voted to adjourn at 1:30pm.
F. Michael Fitzpatrick