STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS
Wednesday, September 30, 1998 – 2:30 p.m.
Office of State Controller – 5th Floor Conference Room A
Members Attending: Darrell Manning, Office of Governor
David High, Office of Attorney General
H. W. Turner, Office of State Controller
Ben Ysursa, Office of Secretary of State
Visitors Attending: Ken Miracle, Department of Agriculture
Craig Wiedmeier, Department of Fish and Game
Peggy Haar, State Controller's Office
Audrey Musgrave, State Controller's Office
1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – Pat Takasugi, Director, or Ken Miracle, Human Resource Officer
Request for authorization to pay 178 hours compensatory time for Dr. David Hunter, State Wildlife Veterinarian, accrued Fiscal Year 1998 to present. Dr. Hunter is the only wildlife veterinarian employed by the state and provides services for both the Department of Agriculture and Department of Fish and Game responding to unusual and emergency situations such as sensitive and sometimes controversial issues that required immediate and frequently prolonged attention.
Ken Miracle reported Dr. Hunter works for both Departments of Agriculture and Fish and Game. In April of this year he submitted his resignation but some issues were resolved and he agreed to stay. He was never terminated from state service. One of the agreements was that he would be paid for his compensatory time. He has approximately 356 hours comp time and the Department of Agriculture is willing to pay off half of his balance. The other half of his comp time balance will be the responsibility of the Department of Fish and Game. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. Darrell Manning seconded the motion. Passed unanimously.
2. DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME – Craig Wiedmeier, License Section Supervisor
Request for authorization to receive relief for payment of $25,187.75 for Max Green d.b.a. Green's Will-o-way for 1996 license sales. The vendor filed bankruptcy in March of 1996 and criminal charges have been filed against Mr. Green with the local prosecuting attorney in Preston, Idaho. The local prosecuting attorney has refused to file the charges against Mr. Green.
Craig Wiedmeier reported in December 1995 the department began selling licenses electronically. In February or March 1996 Max Green filed bankruptcy and the department has contacted him for payment, but has received no response. The local Prosecuting Attorney does not plan to file charges against Mr. Green. Ben questioned if there are other vendors who have not paid and Craig said they are reviewing them but they had not received detailed sales data from the contractor on a regular basis. David High asked that Department of Fish and Game's attorney, Dallas Burkholder, contact him. Darrell Manning made a motion this request be delayed for further investigation until the Attorney General's Office can report back. Ben Ysursa seconded the motion. Passed unanimously.
3. OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
Notification that Mr. William A. McCurdy, of the firm of Evans, Keane, has been appointed to represent the Idaho Department of Transportation in the State of Idaho v. Hull, et al. and State of Idaho v. Christiansen Realty, pursuant to Idaho Code § 67-1409.
David High made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. Ben Ysursa seconded the motion. Passed unanimously.
4. STATE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE - Peggy Haar and Audrey Musgrave, EIS
Discuss responses from Departments of Health and Welfare and Corrections regarding vacation accrual balances.
Discussion was held on procedures being followed on taking excessive vacation leave accruals for the Departments of Health and Welfare and Corrections. An affected employee from the Department of Corrections is attempting to take the time off and balances will be reduced by July 1999. The Department of Health and Welfare still has several employees who have not followed the 1995 procedures. It was decided a letter will be sent to the agency director and employees outlining specific steps to be taken to reduce the leave balances. David High made a motion (he will give me the motion) to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. Darrell Manning seconded the motion. Passed unanimously. A letter will be sent to Department of Correction's director and the employee thanking both for taking steps to reduce the leave time balance.
5. Estimate of the State Insurance Fund expenses to be paid by sight draft for the month of September 1998.
Estimated expenditures for workers $7,500,000.00
compensation claim costs, dividends
and premium refunds
Fund expended in August 1998.
Workers Compensation Claim Costs $5,864,538.32
Policy Refunds 389,704.41
6. Estimate of the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund expenses to be paid by sight drafts for the month of September 1998.
Estimated expenditures for $500,000.00
Petroleum Storage Tank Fund
Fund expended in August 1998 for the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund:
Payroll $ 51,764.38
Continuing Appropriations 5,607.57
FSTF Claim Costs 399,311.78