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MINUTES
SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING
STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS
December 7, 2000 – 9:00 a.m.
Office of State Controller – Fifth Floor Conference Room A



Attending: David Tolman, Office of the Governor, Representing Darrell Manning
        David High, Office of Attorney General
        Ben Ysursa, Office of Secretary of State
        Keith Johnson, Office of State Controller

Visitors Attending:
        Bill Bishop, Bureau of Hazardous Materials
        Marty Peterson, University of Idaho
        Keith Hasselquist, Board of Education
        Gary Broker, Department of Health and Welfare
        Jim Poulsen, Department of Parks and Recreation
        Phillip Kottraba, Idaho Public Television
        Bruce Reichert, Idaho Public Television
        Steve Kenyon, State Controller’s Office
        Susan Lowman-Thomas, Division of Veterans Services
        Mark Lowe, Lava Hot Springs
        Ron Darcy, School for Deaf and Blind
        Gene Peterson, School for Deaf and Blind

    BUREAU OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - Dorothy Heywood
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.
      Bill Bishop reported Items 1 and 2 are routine requests for reimbursement of response costs. David Tolman made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David High seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


3. Information Only – Payment Anticipated - Incident 2000-2893 – Request for authorization to issue deficiency warrants in the amount of $1,019.43 for reimbursement of response costs incurred when emergency response teams assisted in a hazardous materials incident at Eagle Creek, Nez Perce County, Idaho involving a fuel spill from an airplane crash on August 11, 2000, pursuant to Idaho Code §39-7110.
      Bill Bishop reported Item #3 is for information only. They anticipate payment from the spiller.

      Bill Bishop notified the Sub-Committee members that the Department of Law Enforcement is still available to make a presentation to the Board of Examiners on hazardous materials.

    UNIVERSITY OF IDAHOMarty Peterson

4. SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL - Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses up to $3,000 for Brant Madson, Database Analyst for the Department of Information Technology Services, moving from Phoenix, Arizona effective January 15, 2001. Payment of moving expenses will be from state appropriated funds.

5. SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL - Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses up to $1,500 for Dr. Carl Bradley, Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Agriculture, moving from Champaign, Illinois to Twin Falls, Idaho effective February 26, 2001. Payment of moving expenses will be from non-appropriated funds.
      Marty Peterson reported items #4 and #5 are routine requests. David High made a motion to recommend approval by the Sub-Committee. Ben Ysursa seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

6. 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.

      Marty Peterson reported the University would like approval to pay up to $15,000 from non-appropriated funds to Dr. Klaus Jorde, full professor of Ecohydraulics, from Germany. He said this is a new position. David High made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. Ben Ysursa seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


    BOISE STATE UNIVERSITYBev Mushala

7. SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL - Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses up to $5,000 for the following positions:
Salary
      Budget Director – Michael Torak 70,000
      Assist. Prof. Criminal Justice 41,000
      Assist. Prof. Communication 38,000
      Assist. Prof. Psychology 39,100
      Assist. Prof Psychology 39,100
      Assist. Prof. Psychology 39,100
      Assist. Prof. History 38,000
      Assist. Prof History 38,000
      Assist. Prof. Women’s Study, History, Social Science 38,000
      Assist. Prof. Political Science 39,000
      Assist. Prof. Political Science 39,000
      Director, Social Work 80,000
      Assist. Prof. Sociology 15,000
      Assoc. Prof. English Education 48,000
      Assist. Prof. Eng – Tech. Comm. 42,000
      Assist. Prof. Eng – Tech. Comm. 42,000
      Assist. Prof. Eng. – Amer. Literature 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Eng. – Amer. Literature 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Eng. Second Language 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Eng. Comp./Rhetoric 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Art – Graphic Design 45,000
      Assist. Prof. Art – Graphic Design 45,000
      Assist. Prof. Art – Graphic Design 38,000
      Prof. – Philosophy 40,000
      Assoc. Prof. – Elect. & Comp. Engineer 62,000
      Assist. Prof. Pure Mathematics 37,000
      Assist. Prof. Applied Mathematics 37,000
      Assist. Prof. Statistics 42,000
      Assist. Prof. Computer Science 65,000
      Assist. Director, Student Union 40,000
      Business Mgr., Student Union 40,000
      Postdoc. Fellow – Elect. Engineering 50,000
      Assist. Prof. Spanish, Applied Ling 38,000
      Assist. Prof. Nursing 50,500
      Assist. Football Coach 47,000
      Assist. Football Coach 47,000
      Assist. Football Coach 75,000
      Assist. Football Coach 65,000
      Assist. Football Coach 47,000
      Assist. Football Coach 40,000
      Assist. Football Coach 36,000
      Assist. Football Coach 36,000
      Assoc. Prof., Networking & Telecomm. 70,000
      Assist. Prof. Elem Ed & Spec Studies - Dr. Rosemary Palmer 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Theatre Arts 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Theatre Arts 40,000
      Assist. Prof. Physics 43,000

      Bev Mushala reported BSU is anticipating the fall semester and would like approval to reimburse moving expenses up to $5,000 for the list of positions so they can offer the moving reimbursement during negotiations. Bev said if any moving expenses are over $5,000 they would return to the Sub-Committee for approval of the additional expenses. David High said he felt it makes sense to approve reimbursement of the positions in advance. Annual reports of actual moving expenses will be submitted to the Sub-Committee by the State Board of Education for colleges and universities. David High made a motion to recommend approval by the Sub-Committee. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


8. SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL - Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses reimbursement up to $5,000 for the Vice President, Institutional Advancement. Salary is $105,000.
      David High made a motion to recommend approval by the Sub-Committee. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFAREGary Broker

9. 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.
      Gary Broker reported State Hospital South is now responsible for cost of hospitalization the day after a patient is committed. They are now admitting patients during the weekends and would like to pay physicians comp time during their extra weekend hours. Ben Ysursa questioned why the physicians receive compensatory time. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda, if the physicians are classified correctly. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
10. SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL - Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses up to $5,000 for the EMS Provider Resources Coordinator if relocation to Boise is necessary.
      Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval by the Sub-Committee. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


11. DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION - Jim Poulsen, Recreation Bureau Chief

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.
      Jim Poulsen reported they are asking approval to pay Douglas Strong for extra poundage over the amount allowed in the State Moving Policy. He said Mr. Strong moved twice for the department but only received moving reimbursement once. Ben Ysursa asked about the original moving expense reimbursement. It was determined Board of Examiners approval is not required for existing employees. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David High seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

    IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISIONDebbie Thomsen, Financial Specialist

12. 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.
      Phillip Kottraba and Bruce Reichert reported they would like to write off $163.49 in petty cash that was stolen. David High made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. Ben Ysursa seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


13. SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL - Request for authorization to reimburse moving reimbursement up to $5,000 for Jim Peck, Writer/Reporter/Producer, from Wisconsin, effective December, 2000.
      Phillip Kottraba reported they are requesting moving reimbursement for the position, and not the person. Jim Peck declined their offer and they are still recruiting. David High made a motion to recommend approval by the Sub-Committee. Ben Ysursa seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


14. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONSteve Kenyon
    Report on request for modification of the State Moving Policy, Appendix A, non-qualified moving Expenses (Taxable) to remove relocation services from the taxable status and be placed within the non-taxable portion of the policy.
      Steve Kenyon reported he contacted State Tax Commission and IRS to get a private letter ruling from the IRS regarding relocation services. State Tax Commission does not have a fast track to IRS. Elliott Rogers from IRS said they would not give a statewide private letter ruling, and if one was issued it would be for a specific situation and for one person. IRS said they were willing to send the SCO a copy of a letter sent to the Federal government with our name on it. Steve said he just received the letter and has not had time to review it. He thinks if it is structured right, the relocation services would not be taxable to employees. Steve suggested meeting with Tax Commission, Sue Simmons at Department of Transportation, and State Controller’s Office to review the letter and report back at the next Sub-Committee meeting. No action was required.


15. DIVISION OF VETERANS SERVICESSusan Lowman-Thomas, Senior Human Resource Specialist
    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.

      Susan Lowman-Thomas reported they would like approval to lift vacation caps for six months for three employees at the nursing homes. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

16. LAVA HOT SPRINGSMark Lowe, Executive Director
    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.

      Mark Lowe reported this is a lease agreement for a 12 unit motel. He said few improvements have been made to the hotel and with this lease they plan to put capital investment back into the hotel, which will generate revenue for the Foundation. Mark said Kent Nelson, Deputy Attorney General, wrote the lease. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


17. SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLINDRon Darcy, Superintendent
    SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVAL FOR NEW TEACHER - Request for authorization to reimburse moving expenses in the amount of $1,500 for a new teacher from Mississippi to Gooding, Idaho.
      Ron Darcy asked for approval to reimburse moving expenses in the amount of $1,500 for a new teacher from Mississippi. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval by the Sub-Committee. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

      CONSENT AGENDA - Ron Darcey asked for blanket approval for the School for Deaf and Blind to reimburse moving expenses in the amount of $1,500. He said it is difficult to recruit teachers and they have two positions left to fill. If they have to wait for approval they will lose the candidates. Ben Ysursa said he felt that is a good idea. David High mentioned the State Board of Education submits annual reports on moving expense reimbursements and asked the School for Deaf and Blind to do the same. Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda if they report expenses to the Sub-Committee. David High seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


18. STATE TRAVEL POLICY – MILEAGE RATES
    Notification that 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.
      Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. This will be effective January 2, 2001 and notification will be sent to all state agencies after approval by the Board of Examiners.

    OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.
      Ben Ysursa made a motion to recommend approval on the Consent Agenda for items #19-22. David Tolman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


INFORMATIONAL AGENDA
    STATE INSURANCE FUND

23. 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
      Dividend 2,186.38
      Commissions -0-
      Policy Refunds 113,222.04
      Total $ 6,131,923.03


24. 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
      Operations 9,861.90
      Claim Costs 166,318.06
      Total $229,589.37
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