STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS
July 8, 1999 - 9:00 a.m.
Office of State Controller - 5th Floor Conference Room A
Attending: Jeff Malmen, Office of Governor
David High, Office of Attorney General
Chuck Goodenough, Office of Secretary of State
J. D. Williams, State Controller
Visitors Attending: Kelly Nielsen, Department of Agriculture
Michael Cooper, Department of Agriculture
Dr. Roger Vega, Department of Agriculture
Gary Broker, Department of Health and Welfare
Ray Greene, Department of Fish and Game
1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Kelly Nielsen, Fiscal Officer
Request for authorization to issue additional deficiency warrant spending in the amount of $117,000 for the 1999 Grasshopper Control Program as follows:
Funding approved FY 99 (3-9-99) $ 49,000
Additional Funding Requested $117,000
Personnel Cost $ 15,000
Operating Expenses $102,000
Total to Date $166,000
Michael Cooper gave an update on the grasshopper situation in the state. He stated that producers are worrying about the grasshopper population on federal and state land, not uncultivated land. The program is to control the grasshoppers by spray or bait before they get to private land. If they are controlled before adult stage, there will be fewer problems later. The additional funds will allow them to continue with the program. David High asked if the Federal government is participating and was advised the U.S. Forest Service, USDA, BLM, etc. are working with them. Jeff Malmen made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David High seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
2. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE - Gary Broker, Administrator, Division of Management Services
Request for authorization to remove the vacation caps for Jeri Bala and Linda Baird through the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2000). Jeri and Linda have been involved in the development and current implementation of the Family Oriented Community Users System (FOCUS) over the past four years. Significant vacation time cannot be granted until the project is fully implemented and operational statewide.
Gary Broker stated the two employees are involved with the FOCUS child welfare project as trainers. He said this is a Y2K project and must be completed by the end of the year. David High made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. Chuck Goodenough seconded the motion. Jeff Malmen stated he does not like to remove vacation caps and asked for assurance that a request would not be submitted later to pay for the accrued vacation leave. Gary said the request to pay accrued vacation leave occurred with a long standing situation. He said it will be their understanding the caps will be reinstated July 1, 2000. There will be an organized effort for the employees to take the vacation leave, and it will not be paid. The motion passed unanimously.
3. DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME - Ray Greene, Personnel Manager
Request for authorization for an extension of time period for reimbursing realtor fees for Paul Valcarce for three months, or until the closure date of his home sale, whichever comes first. The sale of Officer Valcarce's home is pending and the time period for reimbursement of allowable expenses expired June 30, 1999.
4. OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
Ray Greene reported an extension was previously approved by the Board for Officer Valcarce and he has been unable to sell him home. He has now received an offer and they are requesting an additional extension for three months, or until the sale closes. Jeff Malmen made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David High seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Notification that Ted Berkowitz, of the firm of Farrell & Fritz, Uniondale, New York, has been appointed to represent the state In re Majestic Produce Corp., Case No. 199-10971-260, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, pursuant to Idaho Code § 67-1409.
Jeff Malmen made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David High seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.