STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS
December 12, 2000 – 8:50 a.m.
JRW East Conference Room
Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Chairman of the Board
Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa
Attorney General Al Lance
State Controller and Secretary of the Board J. D. Williams
Sub-Committee Members Attending:
Ben Ysursa, Office of Secretary of State
David High, Office of Attorney General
BUREAU OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
1. Incident 2000-3594 – Request for authorization to issue deficiency warrants in the amount of $686.44 for reimbursement of response costs incurred when emergency response teams assisted in a suspected drug lab incident in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on September 22, 2000, pursuant to Idaho Code §39-7110.
2. Incident 2000-3977 – Request for authorization to issue deficiency warrants in the amount of $648.96 for reimbursement of response costs incurred when emergency response teams assisted in a suspected chemical explosive device at 223 W. Mill St., Kootenai County, Idaho on October 20, 2000, pursuant to Idaho Code §39-7110.
3. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO – Marty Peterson
Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses up to $15,000 for Dr. Klaus Jorde, full professor of Ecohydraulics in the College of Engineering, from Germany to Boise, Idaho, effective March 14, 2001. Payment of moving expenses will be from non-appropriated funds.
4. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE
Request for authorization to pay physicians at State Hospital South for their weekend comp time to increase their availability Monday through Friday. Effective October 1, 2000 the state became responsible for the cost of community hospitalization the day after a patient is committed. Under the current practice, the physicians are accruing comp time to provide coverage on the weekends.
5. DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Request for authorization to pay for extra poundage, over the amount allowed in the State Moving Policy, for Douglas K. Strong, Boating Program Supervisor, and State Boating Law Administrator, in his recent move to Boise. The total weight of furniture and household effects came to 22,200 pounds and the State Moving Policy only allows payment for 15,000 pounds.
6. IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION
Request for authorization to write off $163.49 that was stolen from the petty cash fund in two thefts which occurred in the spring of 1988 and the fall of 1992. Legislative Services just completed an audit of the department and suggested they submit a request to the Board of Examiners to remove the stolen amount.
7. DIVISION OF VETERANS SERVICES
Request for authorization to lift the vacation cap for six months, until June 12, 2001, for Diane McDonough, Director of Nursing Services at Veterans Home in Lewiston; Elfreide Meek, RN Charge Nurse at Veterans Home in Boise; and Paul J. Piper, Home Administrator at Veterans Home in Pocatello. This is requested because of the intensive time commitment required as the Division of Veterans Services separated from the Department of Health and Welfare in July 2000, and applied for Medicaid eligibility as mandated by the Idaho State Legislature.
8. LAVA HOT SPRINGS
Request for approval of a lease agreement between the Lava Hot Springs Foundation and Campbell, Inc. for the Tumbling Waters Motel located in Lava Hot Springs, pursuant to Idaho Code §67-4402.
9. SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND
Request for authorization for a blanket approval to reimburse moving expenses in the amount of $1,500 for new teachers for the School for Deaf and Blind. They will submit an annual report of moving expense reimbursements to the Board of Examiners.
10. STATE TRAVEL POLICY – MILEAGE RATES
The Internal Revenue Service announced the standard mileage rate will be 34.5 cents per mile effective January 2, 2001. The current state mileage rate is 32.5 cents per mile. Request to increase the State of Idaho standard mileage rates to 34.5 cents per mile effective January 2, 2001.
OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
11. Notification that John Greef, Attorney at Law in Hamilton, Montana, has been appointed as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the Hall, et al, v. Odom, et al., Case No. DV-00-292, State of Montana Twenty-First Judicial District Court, Ravalli County, pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409.
12. Notification that Phillip S. Oberrecht of the firm of Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton has been appointed as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the Union Pac. R.R. v. State of Idaho, Idaho Transp. Dep’t. et al., Case No. CV-00-23051, pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409.
13. Notification that Steven J. Tobiason of the firm of Anderson, Kane & Tobiason has been appointed as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the Idaho Office of the Attorney General as its Legislative Liaison to the 2001 Idaho Legislature, pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409.
14. Notification that John Magel of the firm of Elam & Burke has been appointed as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the Curry Bean Co., Inc./Commodity Indemnity Account Program (“CIAP”), pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409.
Attorney General Al Lance expressed his concern regarding Item #3 from the University of Idaho in using excessive moving reimbursement to supplement income. Attorney General Al Lance made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa seconded the motion. Governor Dirk Kempthorne inquired if Marty Peterson from the University of Idaho would like to make a statement. Marty Peterson stated this request is for a full professor of Ecohydraulics and feels it will be important for the state in dealing with water issues. University of Idaho held an International search for the position and the first two candidates declined the job. Marty stated Dr. Jorde will be a full professor in a tenured position, and if he resigns before the time limit in the State Moving Policy, he would have to reimburse the state according to the policy. The motion passed unanimously.
15. Estimate of the State Insurance Fund expenses to be paid by sight drafts for the month of November 2000.
Estimated expenditure for workers $10,000,000.00
compensation claim costs, dividends
and premium refunds
Funds Expended in October 2000:
Workers Compensation Claim Costs $ 6,016,514.61
Policy Refunds 113,222.04
Total $ 6,131,923.03
16. Estimate of the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund expenses to be paid by sight draft or the month of November 2000.
Estimated expenditures for $750,000.00
Petroleum Storage Tank Fund
Fund expended in October 2000:
Payroll $ 53,409.41
Claim Costs 166,318.06
WHEREUPON THE MEETING OF THE STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS was adjourned, subject to the call of the chairman.
Governor Dirk Kempthorne
Chairman of the Board
J. D. Williams, Secretary to the Board
and State Controller