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November 2006 Minutes

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
November 2, 2006
Meeting Conducted Online and Via Conference Call

President Rowell called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 2:55 p.m.

Directors Present: Paul Anderson, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Kevin DeLucenay, Robert Huta, Jake Johnson, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, George Stroup, John Wharton, Steve Pietila.

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Ashley Eldridge, Royal Edwards, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson, Debbie Cornelius, Larry Halprin, Esq. and Art Garrett, Esq.

Guests Present: Erika Schmidt, John Pilger and Bo Tasso.

A motion was made by George Stroup and seconded by John Wharton to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2006 meeting. All in favor. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Paul Anderson and seconded by Randy Brooks to approve the minutes of the September 11-13, 2006 meeting. All in favor. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Thomas Rhines and seconded by Robert Huta to approve the consent agenda as presented. All in favor. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Submitted by Ron Brigman
A motion was made by Paul Anderson and seconded by John Wharton to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. All in favor. Motion passed.

Nominating Committee Report: Submitted by Paul Anderson
A discussion was held regarding identifying potential candidates for the upcoming election.

NCSG Member Logo Taskforce Paul Anderson provided an update on the work of the taskforce and made the recommendation that there is no change at this time due to lack of input.

New Business
OSHA Alliance
Larry Halprin of Keller & Heckman provided background information on rulemaking processes and interpretation of existing rules. He recommended that NCSG meets with Federal OSHA to explore options for cooperation.

A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by Robert Huta to work with federal OSHA to develop guidance for the chimney service industry on alternate fall protection measures and to provide advanced input and comment on proposed standards dealing with fall protection. All voting in favor. Motion passed.

Officer Intentions for 2007-2008
President Rowell asked those seeking officer positions in 2007-2008 to announce their intentions:
President – Howard Rowell
Vice President – Randy Brooks
Treasurer – Bob Priesing
Secretary – Kevin DeLucenay and Paul Anderson

Upcoming Board Meetings: Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 1-5 pm AND Sunday, April 22, 2007, 8-11 am at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by Paul Anderson to adjourn the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild board of directors. All in favor. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 4:32 pm.