Fagerlund, Informant Editor & Technical Seminar
Board Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2006 Board Meeting: Peter made motion to
approve minutes as presented, Walter seconded. Minutes unanimously
There was a general discussion of the
model contest awards.Phil Dunn
gave model contest award checks for the Lewiston winners to Jeff Ohler of H.E.
Callahan, Inc.Be thought one Camden area check
might have been sent to Lewiston.
The Maine Section sponsored 19 students
to attend the Maine Engineers Week banquet.Total cost was $285.00 as reported on
line item 33 of the disbursement report.The transaction date for line item 33 should be 01 March 2006.
Peter motioned and Erik seconded motion
to accept the report as amended.Unanimous vote to accept.
The UMaine Student Chapter hosted
meeting is scheduled for April 20 at Stoddard Commons.The April board meeting will be held
April 27 in the Portland
area (time and location to be determined).Walter will notice the board meeting in
the April informant.
Annual Meeting:Tim is has reserved the boat and on-shore dining room.Cruise will be about 1.5 hr with a cash
bar.The dining room is under
construction with a projected May 1 completion.Hilton Garden Inn might be a dining
room alternative.The Portland
Observatory landmark plaque might not be ready for the annual
meeting.Erik suggested having a
mock-up of the plaque for the meeting as a backup.The University of Maine Outreach program (Chet Rock) and
the Maine Turnpike Authority have expressed interest in sponsoring the
Young Engineer and Engineer of the Year
Awards:There was discussion of eligibility for
these awards.Board members have
been exempt in the past to avoid perception of potential conflict of
interest since awardees have been decided by vote of the board.Peter Merfeld made the following
immediate Past-President, President, and President-elect are not eligible for
nomination as Young Engineer and Engineer of the Year Awards.
Awardees will be decided by a committee comprised of the following members:
award committee chair, immediate Past-President, President, President-elect,
plus two at-large members selected by the President from non-award nominated
board members, Section committee chairs, and/or active Section members.
Walter seconded the motion.The
motion carried unanimously.
Slate of Officers:Adam Meyer has been nominated for 2nd year director,
but has not yet responded to the contacts.Adam will remain on the slate.Peter noted that by Section bylaws, the
1st year Director and 1st year New England Delegate
continue without election as 2nd year Director and New England
High School Scholarship Winner:The winner will be invited to the annual meeting to receive the
award.Leslie Corrow has the slate
of applications and will select the winner.
presented a written summary report (attached).111 registrants with few no shows.Net revenue: $5,738.The board
congratulated Walter on a well-organized and executed technical seminar.
model contest 1st place winners were a student interested in a
medical career and a student interested in landscaping.Models were more architecture or historical
in context than engineering.The model
contest should be revised to emphasize engineering.The board will revisit the intent of the
contest at the summer planning meeting.
International Cold Regions Conference
Chaput reported Phil has contacted Annie Auttio to advocate for
assistance/coordination from the National ASCE program committee.National program committee was not responsive
and Annie has contacted ASCE National President Marcuson.
has not yet signed a hosting agreement with the University of Maine.
National has blocked out rooms at Black Bear Inn.
Schonewald reported on behalf of Jennifer Tooley.
workshop scheduled for tomorrow at GZA’s office.16 have registered to attend.Next workshop will be for a PE exam
Nelson prepared a draft of electronic voting form on a voting page and it was
discussed.Voting will take place after
the annual meeting.Paper ballots will
be distributed at the annual meeting.
award drawings were discussed to entice voting.Peter made a motion to award three $100 gift cards by random drawing of
voters.Erik seconded the motion.Peter, Erik, Tim, and Walter voted in favor
of the motion.Chris voted against.Motion passed.
SPAG Grants/Historic Landmark
i.Portland Observatory – Historic Landmark discussed
previously. Tourism Brochure – Portland Observatory should be added to the
brochure for the upcoming printing.Peter Merfeld made motion to authorize funding to print 4,000 copies of
the brochure.Chris seconded the
motion.The motion passed unanimously.
Landscape Architecture Licensure
reported that he has not heard or received information since the January board
reported that ACEC of Maine and
MSPE are aware.
suggested that ASCE should be prepared to take a position on the issue.Erik opined that ACEC
of Maine members might be conflicted since some member firms employ both
engineers and landscape architects.
Student Section Funding
Erik met with student section leadership at the Engineers Week expo and urged
them to make requests directly to the Section or through Eric Landis (faculty
– Tim Merritt
is encouraging establishing local technical groups. SEAM might be interested in
being the SEI local
representative.SEAM seems to be in
favor but concerned about National ASCE bureaucratic oversight and dues.Maine SEI
has 103 members; SEAM 120 members; likely many are members of both
membership is $200 (same as National ASCE dues, probably to entice membership
in National ASCE since membership includes one technical institute.Walter will prepare a list of Maine Section
members in SEI so Tim can research
Outstanding Section and Branch Website
Awards (Bob Chaput)
indicated nominations are due June 1 and are judged on November 1.Bob will notify National of the Maine
Section’s intent to apply.
Peter motioned and Erik seconded to
adjourn. Unanimous vote to adjourn.