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<br />HEALTH BOARD MINUTES - August 16, 2001 <br /> <br />Page: 2 <br /> <br />certain level of competency to perform inspections. Those individuals would be required to become <br />licensed once a test became available. Although, he has been providing monitoring services, he is no <br />longer qualified to perform inspections under the ordinance because he is not a designer, installer, or a <br />monitoring specialist and does not have a year of experience under a monitoring entity. He also <br />questioned why he has to pay $200 to apply for a license when he is already in business in Jefferson <br />County. Because the County has placed the PUD in a position of monitoring all alternative engineered <br />systems, the consumer is under the impression that they do not have to do the operation and maintenance <br />until periodically told to do so. He understood it was the Board's intent to open up the monitoring to <br />qualified persons. An amendment to the ordinance's monitoring terminology would allow him to <br />monitor conventional systems. To protect their investment, he believes his customers would like the <br />opportunity to choose who provides their monitoring, maintenance and ongoing service. <br /> <br />Vice Chair Westerman clarified that it was the Board's intent to create a way for other individuals to do <br />the monitoring of both conventional and alternative systems. Board members concurred. <br /> <br />Commissioner Wojt commented that whoever does the inspection, there has to be a clear understanding <br />of the need for centralized record keeping. <br /> <br />OLD BUSINESS <br /> <br />Provisional Certification Onsite Sewal!e O&M Specialists: Discussion of Expedited Rule Chanl!es <br />Adopted 5/17/01: Larry Fay reported that he and Dale Wurtsmith met and discussed the issues and <br />concerns he raised today. The PUD has specific statutory authority to conduct maintenance and <br />monitoring inspections of on-site sewage and community sewage systems. Because the PUD inspections <br />are focused on the secondary treatment process involved with alternative systems, they have not <br />included inspecting the septic tank. In those cases, the Health Department may need to go back and <br />inspect the tanks. He believes it would be a disservice to discount the work the PUD has done over the <br />last 15 years in monitoring alternative systems in Jefferson County. The inspections were not intended to <br />be diagnostic, but to identify major system failures. If the PUD discovers a problem, homeowners would <br />be notified and referred to an O&M specialist to perform a more detailed analysis. With respect to <br />conventional systems, he noted that the Board worked on an ordinance for provisional licensing as a <br />pathway to further testing and certification under development by WOSSA. While the full license would <br />take the place of a provisional license and adopted Sections would no longer apply, the core O&M <br />responsibilities would remain. Aside from minor changes made in May, no major changes were made <br />from the original direction before Board adoption. <br /> <br />Commissioner Titterness said he believes it was the Board's intent that a person with expertise in the <br />field be allowed to receive a provisional license. <br /> <br />Larry Fay said he understood that the Board and staff were looking for a mix of work experience and <br />formal training for licensed installers, licensed pumpers, and licensed O&M people. To be a licensed <br />O&M person, you have to have had some work experience either with a designer, installer, or an O&M <br />person, plus training. While Chuck Molisky has been in the pumping business for years but has not <br />worked with an installer or designer, the question for the Board is whether to amend the ordinance. <br />