STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS
MINUTES– Subcommittee Meeting
July 10, 2008 – 9:00 a.m.
Joe R. Williams Building, 5th Floor Conference Room A
The regular meeting of the Subcommittee to the State Board of Examiners was called to order at 700 West State Street, Boise, Idaho, at 9:00 a.m. pursuant to Idaho Code §67-2002 and by order of the chair.
The following members were present: Wayne Hammon, Division of Financial Management; Chuck Goodenough, Deputy Secretary of State; Steve Olsen, Deputy Attorney General; and Deborah Wonch, Office of the State Controller, as assisting secretary to the subcommittee.
Also present by invitation were; Mary Halverson, Bureau of Homeland Security; Mark McClain, Bureau of Homeland Security; Gordon WIlmoth, Idaho Transportation Department; Toni Hardesty, Department of Environmental Quality; David Hensley, Governor’s Office; David Fulkerson, Division of Financial Management; Lloyd Knight, Division of Financial Management; Karin Jones, Office of the Attorney General; Kelly Nielsen, Department of Agriculture; Dr. Bill Barton, State Veterinarian; Brandon Woolf, Office of the State Controller; Brad Hoaglun, Office of the State Controller; and Jennifer Bonilla, Office of the State Controller.
Approval of official minutes for the meeting of the Subcommittee to the Board of Examiners on June 12, 2008.
Resolution: Mr. Goodenough moved to approve item 1. Mr. Hammon seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
2. Department of Administration
a. Request for recognition of assignment pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1027 from Professional Office Plaza to Thomas Investments, L.P.
b. Request for recognition of assignment pursuant to Idaho Code 67-1027 from Bielec Industrial Complex, Inc. DBA Bielec Properties, Inc. to Bielec Properties, Inc.
Resolution: Mr. Hammon moved to approve item 2 and place it on the consent agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
3. Bureau of Homeland Security, Division of Military, Executive Office of Governor
Date to Board
|Suspected drug lab at 5075 Dakota, Boise, ID||6/30/2008|
|Good Samaritan retrieved a 20 gal drum from Indian Creek, Caldwell, ID |
|Semi-truck leaking fuel out of its tanks. Hwy US-95 MP: 507-507|
Discussion: Mr. Olsen asked about the payment of overtime and the request from the City of Caldwell/Nampa for payment of overtime.
Ms. Halverson explained the only way for the State to pay the response teams is for the time to be overtime. A back up team is called in to cover for the first responders.
Mr. Hammon recommended further discussion in the future of the statute that requires only overtime to be paid for first responders.
Mr. Olsen offered the explanation given by past Bureau of Homeland Security Mr. Bill Bishop.
Ms. Halverson said one of the main issues for cities is the fact that HazMat teams are specialized and paid more than a firefighter would be. Having a HazMat on the clock during regular hours and just waiting for a call would not be cost effective.
Resolution: Mr. Hammon moved to approve item 3 and place it on the consent agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
4. Internal Revenue Service-- Change to Federal Mileage Rate
Request to amend the state travel policy to reflect the change to the federal mileage rates for the final months of 2008. The new rates are 58.5 cents per mile driven for business purposes, 27 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven in service to a charitable organization.
Discussion: Mr. Olsen asked when the last rate change was made.
Mr. Fulkerson answered the last rate change was made in January.
Members discussed the current policies and requirements for employees to use the most cost economic and efficient mode of travel. The impact on current budgets was also discussed.
Resolution: Mr. Olsen moved to approve item 4 and place it on the consent agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
5. Office of the Governor
Request to amend state travel policy and procedures, paragraph 4.B to allow state agencies to pay for commuter services for state employees.
Discussion: Ms. Hardesty gave a presentation and some background on the request. By request from the Governor’s Office each agency was asked to send in a report on ideas of how to reduce greenhouse emissions. Throughout the responses was an overwhelming support to reimburse employees who use commuter services.
Mr. Olsen asked if a plan would be put in place prior to payment for commuter services.
Ms. Hardesty explained that each agency would be required to submit a plan showing how they would administer the program to the Governor’s Office for approval prior to payment.
Mr. Hensley added that service providers are willing to work with the State for different options that would allow each agency to create their own program.
Mr. Goodenough asked about the potential impact to this year’s budget.
Ms. Hardesty responded that depends on each individual agency to identify the impact in the plan they draft and submit to the Governor’s Office.
Mr. Woolf asked if the contract with providers would be a blanket contract for the whole State or if each agency would have their own contract.
Ms. Hardesty responded that the contract would be a blanket contract and would cover all State Agencies.
Resolution: Mr. Hammon moved to approve item 5 and place it on the regular agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
6. Office of the Attorney General
Requests authorization for settlement payment of $66,000 judgment in the Planned Parenthood v. State of Idaho case.
Discussion: Ms. Jones presented the history of the case. The original judgment was $102,800 in costs. After some negotiation the cost is now $66,000.
Mr. Goodenough inquired if the payment would come from the constitutional defense fund and what the current balance is.
Mr. Fulkerson responded that currently there is $381,000 in the fund.
Mr. Hammon commented that directly after the Board of Examiners meeting the Governor would convene a meeting of the Council over the constitutional defense fund. After that meeting was finished, the Land Board meeting would then be convened.
Resolution: Mr. Hammon moved to approve item 6 and place it on the regular agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
7. Idaho Transportation Department
Request to reimburse newly hired staff engineer, Kevin Brown, $378.00 for hired labor to load and unload the moving truck he rented and drove while relocating to Boise upon accepting a position at District Three.
Discussion: Mr. Wilmoth explained why the request was put in after the move instead of prior to the move as stated in policy.
Resolution: Mr. Hammon moved to approve item 7 and place it on the consent agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
8. Department of Agriculture
Request approval for spending from the Livestock disease control deficiency warrant for an emergency declared by the director for the potential outbreak of tuberculosis for the amount up to the limit of $5 million dollars to perform testing, surveillance, and investigations of possible livestock herds throughout Idaho.
Discussion: Mr. Barton reported that the USDA notified Idaho that bulls purchased from California were possibly infected with tuberculosis. The bulls and any cattle that have come into contact with them will need to be tested.
Mr. Hammon inquired if the first step was to locate the bulls and for those still alive to test them.
Mr. Barton responded that any bulls still alive would be indemnified. The only definitive analysis is to search for lesions on the inside of the bull.
Mr. Hammon asked how much each test would cost.
Mr. Barton explained about 3,000 head could be done in two days. The USDA is able to assist and the ISDA uses the federal resources as much as possible.
Mr. Olsen asked if the costs could be recovered from the herd in California.
Mr. Barton responded that Idaho is not the only State going through this and that the USDA has appropriated funds to help states eradicate the contamination. The case is being made that Idaho’s problem is an extension of California’s problem.
Mr. Goodenough asked if there were implications for human health.
Mr. Barton explained there is certainly a human health factor with bovine tuberculosis but milk products used in the United States daily are pasteurized and are safe. The pasteurization process kills the tuberculosis. People who work around infected cows do have the possibility of getting tuberculosis.
Resolution: Mr. Hammon moved to approve item 8 and place it on the regular agenda. Mr. Goodenough seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
9. Attorney General
a. Notification that Michael J. Elia of the firm of Moore, Baskin & Elia, LLP, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the case of Warren v. State of Idaho.
b. Notification that Michael B. Horrocks with the firm of Horrocks & Hagerty, PLLC, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Child Support Services in child support enforcement actions on an ongoing basis.
c. Notification that Peter J. Johnson with Johnson Law Group in Spokane, Washington, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the case of Miller v. Idaho State Patrol, et al.
10. State Insurance Fund
a. Estimate of the State Insurance Fund expenses to be paid by sight drafts for the month of May, 2008.
Estimated expenditure for workers compensation claim costs, dividends and premium refunds
Funds Expended in May, 2008
Workers Compensation Claim Costs
Estimate of the Petroleum Clean Water Trust Fund expenses to be paid by sight draft for the month of May, 2008.
Estimated expenditure for Petroleum Clean Water Trust Fund
Funds Expended in May, 2008:
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