The September 15, 2021 was held via Zoom meeting.
The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Barrett Richard, who started the meeting at 11:03 a.m. after roll call was made. All members were present with the exception of Donald Myers and A.J. Davis who both joined the meeting at approximately 11:10 a.m.
The motion was made to approve the minutes from the previous meeting on June 16, 2021. Immediately following the Board spoke with the first and only appearance, Mr. Michael Irmen. Mr. Irmen was appealing to the Board to hold a second license to do business outside the scope of his regular employment. Mr. Irmen currently holds a license as a full time employee for Crunkleton and Associates, LLC. A motion was and the Board unanimously approved Mr. Irmen be allowed to apply for and hold a second HVAC certification.
The Executive Director gave the agency report and new business report together while working in the committee reports in an effort to expedite the meeting.
Firstly, the Board was asked to review the June 24, 2021 Hearing Officer’s Recommendation to revoke the license of Chadrick Setchell of C&P Hansen Heating and Cooling, Inc. in Mobile, Alabama. After discussion, a motion was made and a unanimous vote was made to uphold the Recommendation of the Hearing Officer to revoke the license of Mr. Setchell and the entity Hansen Heating and Cooling in Mobile, Alabama. Barrett Richard and Brett Hall recused themselves and Tim Jordan abstained from the vote.
Secondly, the Board listened to the report from the Chair of the Investigative Committee, Susan Bolt, who met with the member of the committee September 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Bolt recommended that the Board move forward with disciplinary action against 15 contractors, accept 7 settlement agreements from contractors with previous disciplinary action, and accept 2 consent agreements offered to unlicensed individuals.
After Mrs. Bolt’s report of the Investigative Committee, Wilber Webb reported on behalf of the Education Committee and subcommittee on Education Foundation Funding. Mr. Webb first reported the Education Foundation Funding Committee’s met on August 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and made a recommendation to the Home Builders Foundation to appropriate at least $2,000.00 in grants annually to HVAC programs in the State of Alabama. These grants will be determined via a Board Committee and joint committee between the Board and the Foundation Committees and ultimately be granted and approved by the Home Builders Foundation Board. The funding for the grants comes from budgetary overages deposited annually into the Foundation, if overages exist.
Mr. Webb then recommended on behalf of the Education Committee to approve one new provider, deny one provider, and approve two new courses and two new instructors. The Education Committee met September 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Fourthly, Tim Jordan reported on the meeting of the Rules Committee on August 25, 2021. Mr. Jordan reported that the Board reviewed the proposed amendment and replacement of rule section 440-X-6 regarding Disciplinary Action, the proposed addition of language regarding Military Members and Military Spouses to section 440-X-3, as well as the formal adoption of section 440-X-3-.08 Procedures in the Event of the Loss or Incapacitation of a Certified Contractor.
Mr. Jordan asked the Board Chairman to call for an individual vote on all three rule actions. The Board unanimously voted to formally adopt rule 440-X-3-.08, as well as the Board unanimously voted to move forward with the adoption process of rule section 440-X-6 and rule number 440-X-3-.17.
Following the rule votes, Mr. Jordan recommended that the Board move forward by adopting the 2018 International Mechanical Code, 2018 International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 International Residential Code with the exception of section 11 regarding energy, and the 2017 National Electrical Code. Section 11 of the International Residential Code shall remain as amended by the Alabama Residential Energy Codes Board (ADECA) until further notice. A motion was made in favor of the adoption and the Board voted unanimously to adopt the codes outlined above. The 2018 ICC Codes will become mandatory on March 1, 2022.
The Board concluded the meeting by reviewing the financial report, ratifying the new contractors by unanimous vote and approval to pay Board expenses, again by unanimous vote.
A motion was made and the Board unanimously voted to Adjourn, and the meeting concluded at 12:14 p.m.
Please be advised that all votes mentioned above was done by a roll call vote that will be outlined in detail in the Board’s Minutes.