| Chairman McNutt called the meeting to order.
Henry Herschel was introduced as the new designee representing the Office of Administration on the Board.
| Don McNutt, Chairman
James Ford, Vice Chairman
| Tom Kolb
|Carol R. Eighmey, Executive Director
Diane Wallace, Executive Assistant
Pat Eriksen, Managing Partner, Williams & Company
Dan Henry , Technical Review Team Leader
Pat Vuchetich, General Claims Manager
Approval of Minutes– September 21, 2005 Meeting
Bruce Work moved that the minutes from the September 21, 2005 Board meeting be approved as written. Dan Schuette seconded. Motion carried.
and Decision on “Hold Claims”
Chairman McNutt invited the Trustees to review the monthly reports. Dan Schuette moved that the Board release funding for the six new remedial claims. Jim Ford seconded. Motion carried.
FY05 Audit - KPMG
Chairman McNutt introduced Bradley Homant, KPMG, who gave an overview of the FY05 Audit Report.
John Albert moved that the Board approve the FY05 Audit Report. Bruce Work seconded. Motion carried.
PEI Training Proposal
Chairman McNutt gave an overview of previous discussions and the recommendation to purchase 2500 PEI Internet Training Courses for use by UST owners/operators who are PSTIF participants.
Discussion ensued. Chairman McNutt noted that he was impressed with how the proposal has developed and questions have been answered.
John Albert moved that the Board approve expenditures not to exceed $106,000 for the PEI Online UST Training Courses. Bruce Work seconded. Motion carried.
Compliance Reviews and Inspections
Chairman McNutt noted that the MDNR, PSTIF, and their respective attorneys are in ongoing discussions at this time. New developments will be communicated to the Board when available. Ms. Eighmey noted that inspectors from Rounds & Associates had begun their work for the Board and had conducted about 297 inspections by the end of November.
DNR Report on FY06 and Budget Request for FY07
Chairman McNutt invited Dan Schuette to present the FY07 budget request from the MDNR; Mr. Schuette distributed information, attached hereto,** and stated that the Department was requesting $1,275,460 from the Board for FY07, an increase from the FY06 figure of $1 million.. He briefly discussed the Department's reorganization, and noted that the FY07 request includes an increase to cover the fringe benefits and “overhead costs.” He also announced that Ken Koon had been named the new Tanks Section Chief, replacing John Balkenbush.
Several Board members expressed concern about an increase of 27% in the FY07 budget request and asked that a formal subcommittee be formed to review this request. Chairman McNutt agreed to appoint a committee to review the request and bring a recommendation to the Board at the January 25, 2006 Board Meeting. Ms. Eighmey asked Mr. Schuette to provide any available information on what additional activities would be funded in FY07, or what activities would receive more funding, if the increase is approved.
Report from PSTIF Advisory Committee
Ms. Eighmey summarized the November Advisory Committee meeting, noting that the Committee did a very thorough job of wading through proposed changes to the Board's regulations line-by-line. She noted the proposed changes are intended to make it more clear what coverage is provided by the PSTIF, and to incorporate changes associated with DNR's new risk-based cleanup standards. She reported the Committee also reviewed the new federal UST legislation that was contained in the 2005 Energy Act. She indicated she expects the Committee will have proposed rule changes ready for the Board to review by March 2006.
AGO Report on FR Enforcement
The Board reviewed a sample of enforcement actions taken by the Attorney General's Office, (AGO), to compel compliance with the “Financial Responsibility” requirement for UST owners. Chairman McNutt commented that the AGO has put a great deal of effort into this project, and it is working out well. He expressed the Board's appreciation for the AGO's efforts.
Advisory Committee Appointments – Jim Ford moved to approve the following three changes to the Advisory Committee: Replacement of John Albert by Kerry Brettschneider; dropping Jim Fels from the Committee, since he now works for the Committee Chairman's company; and retaining Eric Klipsch, who has left his job with the City of St. Louis and is now an owner of a consulting firm. Trustees suggested to the Executive Director that another Committee member representing either St. Louis or Kansas City be sought; she agreed. John Albert seconded. Motion carried.
PSTIF Organization Chart – Trustees reviewed the PSTIF organization chart in their notebooks. Ms. Eighmey informed the Board that Patrick Horan had been hired to replace Ray Lentz at Williams & Company Consulting, Inc., as Operations Manager. Pat Vuchetich gave some background information to the Board on Mr. Horan, who is due to start employment by January 1, 2006.
Billings – Chairman McNutt called the Trustees' attention to the recent bills in their notebooks.
Jim Ford moved that the Board go into closed session to discuss and vote on matters related to legal actions, causes of action, litigation and/or personnel issues pursuant to Section 610.021, RSMo. Bruce Work seconded. Motion carried.
such action is approved a majority vote of a quorum of the Board,
the Board of Trustees of the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund
may go into closed session at this meeting to discuss legal, confidential
or privileged matters pursuant to Section 610.021, RSMo.
**For a copy of the presentation mentioned in these minutes, please contact the PSTIF Office. Please note, if presentation(s) are in electronic format, they will be sent to you as an email attachment per your request. However, as some presentations may be in hard copy only, please provide your mailing address at the time of your email request.