The November 17, 2021 Board meeting started at 11:01 am. After roll call, The Board Chairman, Barrett Richard, called for a motion to approve the meeting minutes from the September 15, 2021 Board meeting. A motion was made and carried in favor.
After approval of the prior minutes an appearance was made by Robert Bedsole requesting to be approved to sit for the refrigeration exam. Mr. Bedsole previously held a refrigeration license with the Board for 7 years. In 2016 he let that license expire. A motion was made to allow Mr. Bedsole to sit for the exam since it had been less than five years since his previous license expired. The motion carried in favor.
Immediately after Mr. Bedsole’s appearance the Board elected new officers for 2022. The new officers are as follows:
Brett Hall – Chairman of the Board
Susan Bolt – Vice Chairwoman
Wilber Webb – Secretary
Additionally new committee members were appointed to the investigative committee and education committee. The new committee members are as follows:
Joel Owen – Chairman
Tim Jordan – Chairman
After Board appointments, dates were set for the 2022 meetings. The dates are as follows:
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at the Board Office in Montgomery at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Springhill Suites Conference Center at the Wharf in Orange Beach at 11:00 a.m. The actual location of the meeting in Orange Beach is tentative on space available at the hotel, as the COAA conference will coincide with this Board Meeting.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at the Board Office in Montgomery at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Board Office in Montgomery at 11:00 a.m.
The Executive Director discussed new business with the Board. During new business he asked for approval to begin the legislative process to increase the Bond amount to up to $50,000 and to remove apprentices from the Board’s law and replace with technicians. After discussion the Board approved replace apprentices with technicians and to begin the bonding process at a lesser amount of $25,000. He then discussed the revision of the Board’s administrative code, and only allowing carrying forward no less than 4 hours of CE for contractors. The Board approved the request.
A the end of the agency report an new business the Board officially adopted the new rule section 440-X-6 Disciplinary action in its entirety and 440-X-3.17 Military Members and Spouses in its entirety. A motion was made to finalize the rules and carried favorably. These rules will become effective January 14, 2022.
The Board also approved the director’s request to remove the late fee for apprentices from the Board’s administrative rules by request of the Examiner’s Office.
Before agency reports were given the Board performed the annual appraisal of the Executive Director. The appraisal was favorable and the Board began committee reports.
Susan Bolt, the chair of the Investigative Committee, recommended the Board go forward with disciplinary action against 16 contractors and approve 21 settlement agreements. A motion was made to accept her recommendation and carried in favor.
Wilber Webb, the chair of the Education Committee, recommended the Board approve 4 new providers, 4 non-traditional CE request and deny 1 non-traditional CE request. A motion was made to accept his recommendation and carried in favor.
There were no further committee reports.
Nelda Claybrook, the Board’s accountant, gave the financial report.
The Board ratified the new contractors licensed between September 15, 2021 and November 17, 2021. A motion was made to ratify these contractors and carried in favor.
A motion was made to approve Board member travel andto pay Board expenses. The motion was carried in favor.
Finally, a motion was made to adjourn at 12:45 p.m. and carried favorably.