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In this Issue: Conference Recap.........8 Communications Plan: Definition of Surveying...........10 History of Laws Relating to Land Surveying In Idaho.......20 Board Meeting Minutes..........24 General Membership Meeting Minutes.....25
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Gem State Surveyor editor:
Clint Hansen Katy Dang
The Gem State Surveyor is a quarterly publication of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. It is not copyrighted and articles may be reprinted with due credit. Any article, letters, or other contributions will be accepted and considered for publication regardless of the author’s affiliation. Statements of opinion which may be expressed may not necessarily represent the official views of ISPLS unless specifically noted. Article submission must be in digital form. Photographs must be high resolution .jpeg files.
Editor’s Note Clint Hansen.............................................................4 Executive Director’s Note Katy Dang..............................................................6 Letter of Response to IBPEPLS Nathan Dang.........................................................7 Conference Update Rodney Burch........................................................8 Communications Plan IBPEPLS & ISPLS...............................................10 History of Laws Relating to Land Surveying in Idaho Keith Simila..........................................................20
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Calendar of Events ISPLS Board Meetings: June 7 September 6 December 6 February 24, 2015
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Idaho Board of PE & Land Surveyors Meetings: June 5-6, 2014 August 7-9, 2014 November 6-7, 2014
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August 20-23, 2014
ISPLS Annual Conferences: February 25-27, 2015 Boise
Editor’s comments Clint Hansen, PLS
Time has come again for another great issue of the Gem State Surveyor. To start off, I want to thank the Eastern Section, Rodney Burch, and the conference committee for all their hard work in putting on a great conference in Pocatello this last month! There is a lot that is involved in pulling off a successful and smooth running conference, and they did a great job. The mayor of Pocatello was even present and kicked off the conference with a speech and recognition of the importance of the surveying profession. What a great way to get the public involved and aware. From the opening ceremony to the conclusion, the conference was full of great courses, informative classes, and stimulating activity, including the “Survey Olympics”. Great job to all those involved in making it happen. The ISPLS board also met for the quarterly board meeting. A milestone in that meeting was met with the formation and re-organization of the different ISPLS committees. The new committees are the Administrative Committee, the External Marketing Committee, the Internal Marketing Committee, the Education Committee, and the Innovation Committee. You can read more about the committees and their duties here at www.idahospls. org/docs/bylaws. I would encourage everyone to get involved in a committee as we move forward with their implementation. This is the next step in perpetuating the profession forward for the next generation. Also in this issue you will find more information regarding the definition of land surveying changes. Keith Simila with the IBPEPLS has developed a “Strategic Communication Plan for Changing the Legal Definition of Professional Land Surveying”. We have included excerpts from that plan, and the full plan can be viewed within the External Marketing Committee forum under the “Forums” section on the ISPLS home page. Many other items relating to the definition changes have been posted there, including the letters of communication between the ISPLS and the IBPEPLS, and the 2015 Definition Changes document, which is inside a letter from the IBPEPLS to the ISPLS. 4 | GSS
Regarding the Forums section of the ISPLS website, this is where the different ISPLS committees will be posting ideas, progress reports of the committees, posing questions to the membership for discussion, and asking for different member participation on particular tasks. This will be a clean and concise way to communicate with the committees and membership and a better way to track progress than a stream of emails sent back and forth to different individuals. Items that are posted on the forum are broken down into different categories, which include News (Job Postings, Classifieds, Questionnaires), Events, Legislation, Education, Organization, and Outreach. To view the forum, you must be logged in to the site. If you haven’t done so already, please remember to renew your membership or you will not have access to the Forum or these documents. As always, your comments and or submissions are welcomed and wanted. We are always searching for interesting articles, photos, and other content. Please send all correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. GSS
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Executive Director’s Note Katy I. Dang At our recent conference in Pocatello, the ISPLS celebrated its 40th anniversary as an organization. During the Awards banquet, ISPLS second-term president Nathan Dang had members that had been involved in the beginning of the organization stand up, followed by those that had been involved for 30 years, then 20 years, then 10 years, then those just starting their relationship with the organization. By the end, everyone in that room was standing, together, marking the importance of their involvement. We stood in support of our organization, and of the work that has gone over the last 4 decades, and celebrated our shared accomplishments. How lucky we are to have an organization that has lasted this long. In the last few years, some members of the board recognized that the organization had become unwieldy. We had too many committees with too few people trying to do everything. So, under the suggestion of the thencurrent treasurer, Doug Bergey, and through the connections of the long-time editor of the Gem State Surveyor, Jack Clark, we entered into the long and sometimes difficult process of re-inventing our organization. You have read much in these pages about the SWOT process, where we went through the laborious and sometimes tedious process of self-investigation. Most people spend their entire lives trying to avoid doing such in-depth self-analysis, much less spending time on these efforts for an organization. But the Board realized that if the organization were to continue, it needed to re-think what it did. Yes, I did say IF it were to continue. There was a time when the board wondered IF the organization needed to continue to exist. Faced with waning numbers of members, lack of involvement except by very few members, and a feeling of stagnation in those who were doing the lion’s share of the work, we wondered if it was time to throw in the towel and let ISPLS dissolve. But then we thought about why we exist; what we do; how we do it. We thought about the strengths of this organization, of what it provides to its members, to the surveying community as a whole, and to the profession. We, as an organization, are responsible for being the watchdogs of our profession, on behalf of our members and on behalf of the public at large. No one else has the voice that we have. No one else shares our concerns. We thought about how we communicate with our members, how we gather and share information that is relevant to the work that we do. We thought that these things were important, and worth continuing. 6 | GSS
As part of the process, we also faced our weaknesses honestly, and have made strides to address concerns about how we did things. Our board is committed to transparency, and welcomes—no, encourages—all voices to be heard in the process. But we also have to get things done. At some point, the analyzing has to stop. We have to stop nit-picking and come to a consensus and work together to move forward. Now is that time. We have a strong central office that has been updated over the past 5 years so that it can serve the members efficiently. We have an outstanding website that provides information for everyone from the general public to students interested in starting off in the profession to board members checking on the by-laws. Our Board Meeting Minutes are available for members to view just days after the meetings when it used to take months. We have forums where members can bring up any issue, any time, and get input from other surveyors. We have strong representation in the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors. We provide opportunities for educators to learn to teach Geo-spatial information to children as young as elementary school. We provide $10,000 in scholarship money to students in the Idaho Schools Surveying Programs. We work with the Idaho Board to revise and make accurate the laws that govern our profession. We also provide something that we are reminded of at every conference: camaraderie: A sense of the past with an appreciation of the future. We are members, together, and together we make this work. Now is the time for you to re-invest your energies into the organization that has served you and your profession for so many years. We have worked for the opportunity to change the definition of land surveying in Idaho State Code and now we have that opportunity: to get it done. So pay your dues. Pay on time, so no one has to remind you. Attend the conference. Sign up for the conference early, so we know everyone who is coming and can make arrangements in advance. We have taken measures to cut costs by making online payment available for everything that we offer: take advantage of these improvements. Get involved in your section meetings so you can know what is going on and get involved in activities close to you. Check the webpage for events. Follow activities of a committee that interests you in the Forums. Get involved. We are all busy, so that’s no excuse. No one else is going to get this done for us: it has to be us. But you know what? We are worth it.
Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors
1365 N. Orchard, Suite 259 Boise, ID 83706 (208) 658-9970 Keith Simila, Executive Director Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors 1510 E. Watertower St., Suite 110 Meridian, Idaho 83642-7993
www.idahospls.org firstname.lastname@example.org January 30, 2014
Dear Mr. Simila, On behalf of the ISPLS membership I would like to express our gratitude for the Board’s support of our initiative to make significant changes to the definition of land surveying in Idaho Code. As you are aware, our Legislative committee has been working towards bringing the definition into alignment with the NCEES Model Law and with our surrounding western states. Our committee has met with stakeholders from ISPE, ACEC, URISA (GIS), and ISB and has had productive and positive results. We have had initial contact and plan to have more significant meetings with AGC in the near future. Our Legislative Committee has reviewed your letter and extensive documentation on our surrounding state land surveying laws and exemptions. We also agree with the Board that there are specific areas of activity that need consideration for exceptions from the areas of work defined by Idaho Code as land surveying:
Industrial, Private Property, & Mining Exemptions for surveying work on areas within the confines of land owned by corporation or individual and unrelated to an exterior boundary; however, if work performed is subject to government regulation, this may not be the case.
Construction Exemption for surveying work that is unrelated to vertical and horizontal project control, and for staking fixed works that by design are unrelated to land boundaries and public right-of-ways.
Exemption for Other Professionals for work that is for non-authoritative boundaries and non-authoritative elevations.
Exemption for Mapping and GIS work that is for non-authoritative boundaries and non-authoritative elevations.
With these exemptions in mind, we ask that the Board proceed with your efforts towards building a consistent message that describes the content and rationale for other stakeholders. As always, we are available to assist you with any further questions or concerns that may arise. We look forward to our meeting with the board of IBPEPLS on March 4 in Pocatello, when a working draft will be available. Sincerely,
Nathan J. Dang President Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors
ISPLS 2014 Conference report Red Lion Inn, Pocatello Rodney Burch, Conference Chair This year’s conference at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello was a full slate of informative and educational presentations. Up to 20 hours of continuing education credits were available to attendees. It also provided an opportunity to catch up with fellow surveyors and celebrate our profession. The success of this year’s event is due to the efforts put forth by the conference committee, the ISU student volunteers, and the members of the Eastern Section of ISPLS. The theme of this year’s event was “40 Years a Firm Foundation”. Wednesday Presentations Wednesday presentation started at 1:00 to allow attendee’s to travel to the conference on Wednesday morning thereby saving the cost of an additional night accommodations. The conference was started with Dennis Jones, a veteran of the Korean War leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England welcomed everyone to East Idaho and each acknowledged the important of the surveying profession. Three sessions were available for attendees to choose from: Session #1 – “Surveyor Safety” was presented by Kory Krantz form ITD District 5 and Bill Bankhead from OSHA. This session brought to light the important need to protect ourselves and our employees during all survey operations. Session #2 – “Local Coordinate Systems” was presented by Mark Armstrong from NGS. Marks presentation was focused on the creation and use of a Local Coordinate System, understanding projections to create the local systems and why these systems are effective in surveying work. Additionally, Mark presented the future of OPUS and OPUS Projects. Session #3 – “Elevation Certificates” was presented by Becca Croft from Starr. Beccas presentation included training on use of Elevation Certificates, how to properly complete the forms and proper use of FIRM maps.
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Award winners Keith Weber and Rayce Ruiz ISPLS Annual Awards Banquet Wednesday evening was the awards banquet and dinner. ISPLS President Nathan Dang conducted the meeting. Rayce Ruiz, PLS, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Keith Weber, Director of ISU GIS Center was awarded the Friend of the Society. Roger Ellis PLS was recognized by the Eastern Section for his long service and involvement in the surveying profession. ISPLS officers were sworn in by NSPS representative Kim Leavitt. The keynote address was given by Carl CdeBaca, NSPS region 9 director. Thursday Presentation On Thursday morning, John Stahl PLS, presented “Understanding Monuments: Knowing What Controls and Why”. This presentation opened our eyes, minds and sometime emotions about monuments, when to accept or reject, what is a called for monument and what does this all mean. In the afternoon, John focused on “Understanding the Risks associated with Surveys, Plats and Descriptions”. This included element of scope of services, rules of construction and effects of the documents we create. ISPLS General Membership Meeting The ISPLS General Membership Meeting was held Thursday at Lunch. The discussion was focused on the creation of the new committees and the proposed change in the definition of surveying. For complete details of the membership meeting, please see the meeting minutes.
professional and how that impacts final decisions on boundary principles. Session #2 – “Idaho Code for Surveyors” was presented by Bruce Anderson PLS. Bruce’s presentation was a whimsical look at Idaho statutes and how the Board of Registration looks at these regulations Session #3 – “LiDAR Mapping” was presented by ISU graduate Gwen Inskeep. Gwen focused her presentation on her senior project. This project consisted of mapping 3/4 of a mile of urban roadway using ground based LiDAR.
Auctioneer Brian Benson
Scholarship Auction This year’s auction was terrific fun for all who attended. Stewart Ward PLS, Travis Hanks PLS and Jeff Swann PLS are credited with an exceptional job this year. They introduced a new idea of selling patents to each section in a township. Each patent allowed the owners name to be in a raffle to win a Ruger 22 package. This was so successful they had to sell an additional township and a second Ruger package.
Session #4 – “MCPD Project” was presented by Rayce Ruiz, PLS, Kindra Serr, ISU GIS Center staff and Rodney Burch, PLS. This session focused on the introduction and uses of the MCPD web application. MCPD is “Multistate Control Point Database. Summary Again a special thanks to all those members of the Eastern Section who made this conference a success. Also, a special thanks to ISPLS Executive Director, Katy Dang for her wisdom and gentle guidance to keep us all on track. GSS
At the live auction, auctioneer Brian Benson returned and created a fun atmosphere with his playful banter with the bidders. Again, we thank Brian for helping to make this such a fun event. The auction ended with the awarding of a 40 year commemorative Remington 870 shotgun. This process was fun for all who attended, bought a hat for a chance at the grand prize. Because of Stewart’s efforts, those who donated items, and those who opened up their wallets, over $11,000 was raised for our scholarship fund. Friday Presentations Friday sessions included concurrent session for attendees to choose from: Session #1 – “Boundary Disputes and Discrepancies” was presented by John Stahl PLS. This included attendees such as Title Companies, Assessors and Real Estate professionals. John focused on how each of these professions interact with Surveying
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communications plan: Definition of Land Surveying By IBPEPLS & ISPLS Executive Summary The Idaho Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, to be known as the board, together with the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors, to be known as ISPLS, is undertaking an effort to change the definition of land surveying in Idaho Code to better align with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) model law definition. The law change will require extensive communication with interested stakeholders and legislators. Key aspects of the proposed changes in the law require outreach to a number of stakeholders including (but, not limited to): law makers, internal constituents, the board, external partners, state government leaders, the public and potentially media (both traditional and social). All of these important stakeholders need to be considered, addressed and listened to in order for this effort to be successful. To accomplish effective communication and consensus, a strategic outreach plan will be deployed over the course of the next year. The board and staff in a variety of methods—one-on-one, group, public messaging and virtual—will conduct pro-active and reactive outreach and educate as part of the plan. Situation The Idaho Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors together with the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors is proposing a change in the law that defines land surveying. The current law is limited to boundary surveying and flood elevation certification. The three main reasons for this change are: •
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Land surveyors are asked to use their professional license to sign and seal work that is currently outside the legal definition of land surveying. When this happens, land surveyors are put in a position of sealing work they are not authorized by code to perform.
The college education received and the national license examinations test for a body of knowledge much beyond boundary surveying and include the subjects identified in the expanded definition of land surveying proposed.
Most surrounding states now have laws that are more inclusive of the work land surveyors perform. Idaho does not. This is a barrier to interstate and international licensure mobility, as the intent of the model law is to have similar provisions in each state.
Goal Create legislative support and statewide awareness surrounding the proposed law change through a variety of communication strategies. Key Strategies • Educate and inform internal audiences through internal communication channels (staff meetings, briefings, email, newsletter, etc.) •
Implement a systematic one-on-one communication process to inform key external audiences (as defined in this plan)
Use third-party advocates and partners to generate grassroots awareness and support.
Utilize public relations/earned media campaign to generate traditional media and social coverage (as needed)
Launch and leverage initiatives with targeted paid media campaigns (only if needed and budget allows)
Generate traffic to the ISPLS website to extend the campaign messaging
Implement a customized social media campaign leveraging existing state government channels (as appropriate)
Implement a general education and awareness campaign to educate all audiences about ISPLS
Target Audience Identification This communication plan will reach the following audiences at multiple “touch points”: Internal ISPLS Audiences (board, staff, lobbyist) Barriers: Some licensed land surveyors may not be convinced a change is needed and may be reluctant to accept increased liability for signing and sealing work they are currently not required to seal. Goal: Ensure that all internal stakeholders understand the issue and the plan moving forward. Internal stakeholders are your most important spokespeople. Key ISPLS Partners Barriers: Affected stakeholders may see the expanded definition as requiring a PLS license where none is currently required. Construction contractors and their representatives with the Association of General Contractors (AGC); Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists may see their work as requiring a license. Other stakeholder such as lawyers, and other professionals who write legal descriptions of property all need to understand that existing exceptions to their practices will not be impacted, or new exceptions will be written into the law exempting their work from requiring licensure. Goal: As potential “unofficial spokespeople” and affected stakeholders, it is essential that partners understand the issue and key talking points. Key State Government Leadership (i.e. governor’s office) Barriers:The governor’s office must approve the legislation in order to be introduced into the legislature. Key staff at the governor’s office may not see a need for more regulation of the land surveying profession or be willing to advance the legislation unless assurances are made to address potential opposition to this legislation by business and professional stakeholders. Goal: To onboard the governor’s office and gain the support of the governor and any additional government leaders. Key Legislators Barriers: Legislators may be opposed to increased regulation of the profession Granting more authority to the board to regulate the profession and to land surveyors to seal and sign work beyond boundary surveying must be seen as beneficial to public health, safety and welfare. Goal: Initially the goal is to educate, but additionally a sponsor will be garnered and legislative support needs to be gained in order to change the law.
Statewide Media Barriers: The media may be skeptical of the need for expanding licensure requirements. Goal: To educate and drive opinion if needed. General Public Barriers: Land surveying is a technical profession not well understood by many in the public. They need to see the benefit to having professionals seal and sign work to assure the accuracy and competency of land surveying work. Goal: Raise awareness of the issue, educate and drive legislative support if needed. Overall Key Message The Idaho Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors together with the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors is proposing a change in the law that defines land surveying. The current law is limited to boundary surveying and flood elevation certification. Overall Positioning Statement Current Idaho laws are outdated and not in line with other states. Three Key Messages 1. Idaho land surveyors are currently expected to use their professional license for signing and sealing work that is outside the legal definition of land surveying. When this happens, land surveyors are put in a position of signing and sealing work they are not authorized by code to perform. 2. The college education received and the national license examinations test for a body of knowledge much beyond boundary surveying and include the subjects identified in the expanded definition of land surveying. 3. Most surrounding states now have laws that are more inclusive of the work land surveyors perform. Idaho does not. This is a barrier to interstate and international licensure mobility, as the intent of the model law is to have similar provisions in each state. *Key message will be further vetted with the society and the board, along with the development of key messaging for each audience. spring
Measurement, Monitoring & Course Correction The following communication objectives were established, and will be used as the basis of both quantitative and qualitative measurement: Quantitative Measurement • Inquiries and questions from all stakeholders • Number of stakeholders/audiences that are successfully informed and educated • Success in recruiting a legislative sponsor • Number of legislators who back/support the proposed law change • Number of media and speaking opportunities • Web site hits • Partnership advocacy (are all onboard?) • Message consistency–as measured by accuracy and reinforcement of role and positioning • Growth in number of third-party advocates, influencers, stakeholders and referral agents engaged in the communication and outreach activity • Successful execution of communication plan tactics • Publications, printed materials and online communication effectively and succinctly reflect ISPLS’ positioning, and helps stakeholders better understand their role, contribution and value (as appropriate) • All stakeholders/audiences can successfully articulate key talking points • Law is passed • • Qualitative Measurement • Community leader/stakeholder interest and support of the law as measured by feedback in informal settings • Positive feedback from influencers, opinion leaders, partners, board members • Partners report understanding the reason for the law change • Monitoring & Course Correction The communication plan activities will be monitored monthly and adjusted as needed. Monthly Stephanie Worrell will help the ISPLS, executive director and staff prepare for reporting to the board and key stakeholders.
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Questions and Answers for Changing the Legal Definition of Land Surveying Q. Why is a change in the legal definition of land surveying needed? A. The primary reasons are to better align the law with the actual work land surveyors are asked to do and stamp with their professional seal, and to bring consistency with surrounding states and provinces for improved interstate licensure. Q. How is the public better served by this change? A. Professional land surveyors place their signature and license seal on their work. This demonstrates to the public that the work is done professionally. It provides a level of assurance that the work done meets a professional standard of care that those who are not licensed do not assure. It gives the board jurisdiction to enforce the standard of care and ethics rules for non-boundary as well as boundary land surveying work. The public can file complaints to the board for non-boundary, as well as boundary work, giving them more opportunity for resolving complaints from the public. Q. How might this increase the regulatory burden to businesses? A. There will be industrial and other exemptions that enable businesses to do work mostly as they do now. Q. What are the advantages for businesses? A. Businesses will have more assurances that the work is professionally done. When businesses use a licensed professional land surveyor, the land surveyor will share liability for the work done. Businesses can also file complaints to the board, which provides another outlet for resolving disputes. Q. How will the new legal definition of land surveying overlap with other trades and professions? A. There will be some overlap. Engineers often perform non-boundary surveys to do their work. Attorneys write legal descriptions. Idaho code authorizes other trades and professions licensed by other boards to do work that are included in the changed definition of land surveying. There is a provision in the revised law that will exempt other licensed trades or professions so they can continue doing the work they are previously authorized to do.
Q. How will construction companies be affected by this change? A. Construction surveying is part of the new definition. If land survey work done as part of the construction project, because of the industrial exemption, contractors can choose unlicensed employees to do survey work that is non-boundary related as long as this service isn’t being offered to the public. Land surveyors are specialists at measuring land and will be in a position to offer this professional service to contractors, as they do currently. If contractors choose to use those services, they may benefit from this expertise. Q. Why is mapping and photogrammetry included in the new definition? A. Photogrammetry and other remotely sensed imagery is often used to create maps and digital terrain models. Mapping that relates to the earth’s contours, natural land features, and the location of fixed works should be done by a licensed professional land surveyor. Because land surveyors are specially trained in measuring land, the accuracy of maps is assured when a professional land surveyor signs and seals the final work product. Maps are used for many purposes. Proper delineation of wetlands, locating buildings and other fixed works, flood hazard zones, and topography is important for competent design of infrastructure, regulatory purposes and compliance with zoning and other legal ordinances. State and local jurisdictional authorities need assurances that existing features and proposed improvements are compliant with regulatory and legal requirements. Professional land surveyors provide that assurance.
available data are exempted in the new definition unless these products are offered to the public as depicting authoritative land ownership boundaries, used to certify flood elevations, or used for other regulatory purposes. Q. How will aspiring land surveyors benefit from this change? A. Recent college graduates who are surveyor interns and professional land surveyors licensed in other states will benefit because the new definition better describes the actual work done in practice and it is work they are trained in as part of their college curriculum. Q. Won’t the new definition make it harder to become licensed as a professional land surveyor? A. Land surveyors are specially trained in all the subjects included in the new definition as part of the required college curriculum per the board’s existing rules. The current licensing process in Idaho is already tied to the national education and examination requirements. Because licensure candidates are better able to obtain credible experience aligned with the new definition, the new definition should make it easier to pass licensing examinations. DRAFT of Recommended Action Steps Follows:
Q. What about maps produced by other professionals that don’t have legal or regulatory uses? A. Resource maps produced by city planners, foresters, geologists, and other like professionals will be exempted unless they are used for authoritative descriptions of land ownership boundaries. Q. With new technology and geographic information systems (GIS), just about anyone can produce a map. How does that work fit into the new definition? A. Maps produced by private individuals from existing data sources such as Google maps or other publically spring
Recommended Action Steps/Tactics Draft: Prepared by Stephanie Worrell, Worrell Communications & Keith Simila, IBPEPLS Audience: Internal Audiences (executive director, board, staff, lobbyist) Strategy: Inform our internal stakeholders and gain buy-in in order to ensure accurate information and both formal and informal advocacy that needs to be driven internally first before external stakeholders are approached. Tactics: RECOMMENDED TACTIC RESPONSIBILITY TIMING
Recommended Tactic Share starting point with board and staff of new definition via letter Discuss feedback and Communication plan w/Board
Responsibility Executive Director / Board
Board works with ISPLS to agree on process to work toward changes in definition and communication plan
Outline updated proposal to ISPE
Update board on progress/ course corrections
Finalize language of legislation at retreat
Deliver to board the list of legislature briefing contacts
ISPLS report to board status of legislative contact assignments
Update board on status of briefings
Introduce legislation& testify at hearing.
Sponsor/ Executive Director / ISPLS
1/2/15 – 2/1/15
Connect with legislators and identify key briefing opportunities and needs
1/2/15 – 2/1/15
Audience: Key ISPLS Partners Strategy: Onboard all partner stakeholders in order to educate, inform and gain an unofficial advocacy group. Ensure partners understand the benefits (and consequences) of the law change. Tactics: Schedule briefings with the executives of key stakeholder organizations and associations. Utilize the messages in the communication plan to sell the proposed new law based on the benefits and diffuse concerns with overlapping professional work and the exemptions that will not require new licensure for existing stakeholders. RECOMMENDED TACTIC RESPONSIBILITY TIMING
Recommended Tactic Formally discuss concerns – overlap with engineering definition ACEC Tim Haener, Legislative contact and the Idaho board of ACEC .
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Responsibility ISPLS / Executive Director
Timing 3/14 – 8/14
Discuss concerns about overlap w/ construction ISPLS / Executive Director AGC Wayne Hammon , Executive Director of IAGC email@example.com, and their board if invited
4/1 – 8/14
Discuss concerns about overlap w/realtors Licensing board executive director and the Idaho Association of Relators
ISPLS / Executive Director
3/14 – 8/14
Others TBD GIS professionals Mapping professions Idaho Department of Transportation Highway Districts Other state or local government agencies
ISPLS / Executive Director
3/14 – 8/14
Audience: Key State Government Leadership – IDT, DWR, IDFG Strategy: Identify appropriate internal and external stakeholders to communicate and educate the governor’s office (and others as appropriate) about the proposed law change and its benefits. Tactics: RECOMMENDED TACTIC RESPONSIBILITY TIMING
Recommended Tactic Send Legislative Idea to DFM/Governor’s office
Responsibility Executive Director
Brief governor’s office on language change
Executive Director /Board & ISPLS
8/7/14 – 9/8/14
Audience: Legislators Strategy: Brief key legislators and look for sponsors Systematically identify key legislators and then strategically determine the best contact/outreach process, along with the appropriate stakeholder(s) to drive the outreach. Options can include one-one-on, group, event invitation, multiple touches, phone contact, etc. Tactics: RECOMMENDED TACTIC RESPONSIBILITY TIMING
Recommended Tactic Brief key legislators
Responsibility ISPLS / Executive Director / Board
Timing 9/12/14 – 12/14
Audience: Statewide Media Strategy: Create a media plan that drives awareness of both the issue and ISPLS, which primarily includes an education strategy. Media will be leveraged to drive advocacy and public education statewide. Tactics: RECOMMENDED TACTIC RESPONSIBILITY TIMING
Target key statewide media and encourage them to raise awareness surrounding the outdated surveying laws
Stephanie Worrell, Worrell Communications Executive Director
Just prior and during the 2015 session
Audience: General Public Strategy: The general public most likely has no idea that the surveying laws are outdated and need to be changed to meet current best practices and standards. Utilizing multiple external communication tools (media, informational meetings, readily available information on website, etc.) will ensure the public has accurate and timely information. Tactics: RECOMMENDED TACTIC RESPONSIBILITY TIMING
Ensure that information about the proposed law is located in a central location online to help not only inform, but create consistency in message.
Stephanie Worrell, Worrell Communications Executive Director
*Note that all strategy and tactic sections will evolve and are incomplete today based on the current process timeline
Essential Legislative Contacts
House Business Committee Frank Henderson, Chairman from Post Falls (Retiring) Jeff Thompson, Vice Chairman from Bonneville Gary Collins – Nampa Brent Crane – Nampa Joe Palmer – Meridian Vito Barbieri – Dalton Gardens Gayle Batt – Wilder Cindy Agidius – Moscow Lance Clow – Twin Falls Brandon Hixon – Caldwell Clark Kauffman – Filer Jason Monks – Meridian Ed Morse – Hayden Thyra Stevenson – Lewiston Rick Youngblood – Nampa Elaine Smith – Pocatello John Rusche – Lewiston John Gannon – Boise * ISPLS’s lobbyist will provide guidance in terms of outreach strategy (who, how, when, etc.) Senate Commerce and Human Resource Committee ISPLS Member Assigned to Brief John Tippets, Chairman – Montpelier Jim Patrick, Vice Chairman – Twin Falls Dean Cameron – Rupert John Goedde – Coeur d’ Alene Jim Guthrie – McCammon Fred Martin – Boise Todd Lakey – Nampa Dan Schmidt – Moscow Janie Ward-Engelking -Boise Other legislators known by ISPLS members (need to identify) *Briefing assignments and contact information (name and phone number/email) to be reported to the IBPELS Executive Director by 9/2/14 (prior to the September IBPEPLS board meeting) GSS 16 | GSS
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History of laws pertaining to land surveying in idaho Compiled by Keith Simila 1939 Organic Act related to the creation of the board and defining the professions of engineering and land surveying. DEFINITIONS (c) Land Surveyor and Land Surveying. The term “land surveying” means an engineer who engages in the practice of land surveying but does not practice any other line of engineering, and whose license is limited to land surveying. The term “land surveying” includes responsible supervision of surveying of areas for their correct determination and descriptions and for conveyancing, or for the establishment or reestablishment of land boundaries and the plotting of lands and subdivisions thereof. 1957 Act related to defining engineering and surveying. 54-1202 DEFINITIONS – As used in this act… (c) Land Surveyor and Land Surveying. The term “land surveyor” means a person who is qualified by reason of his knowledge of the principles of surveying acquired by education and practical experience to engage in the practice of land surveying. The term “land surveying” includes responsible supervision of surveying of areas for their correct determination and descriptions and for conveyancing, or for the establishment or reestablishment of land boundaries and the plotting of lands and subdivisions thereof. 1978 Act Separating Land Surveys from Engineering and creating new definition for Land Surveyors-in-Training. Creates land surveyor position on the Board and retitles the Board to include Land Surveyors. 54-1202 DEFINITIONS - (g) Land Surveyor-inTraining. The term “land surveyor-in-training: means a person who possesses the education, experience and character as specified in sections 54-1212 and 54-1214, Idaho Code. 54-1217 PRACTITIONERS AT THE TIME ACT BECOMES EFFECTIVE. Professional engineers and land surveyors with a current certificate of registration and engineers-in-training with a current enrollment card, will continue under their existing certificates or enrollments, as appropriate. Any person who is a registered professional engineer and who elects to apply 20 | GSS
for a certificate of registration as a land surveyor shall submit evidence satisfactory to the board that the registrant has practiced land surveying as defined in section 54-1202, Idaho Code, and upon submittal of proper application, including payment of fees as prescribed in section 54-1213, Idaho Code, within one (1) year of the effective date of this section, shall be registered as a land surveyor and shall be issued a certificate to that effect. 54-1227 SURVEYS – AUTHORITY AND DUTIES OF LAND SURVEYORS AND PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS. Every registered land surveyor is hereby authorized to make land surveys relating to the sale or subdivision of lands, the retracing or established of property or boundary lines, public roads, streets, alleys, or trails and it shall be the duty of each registered land surveyor, whenever making an such land survey whether the land survey be made for private persons, corporations, cities or counties, to set permanent and reliable monuments; and such monuments must be permanently marked. Persons qualified and duly registered pursuant to title 54, Idaho Code, may also perform those surveys necessary and incidental to the work customarily performed by them. 54-1229 LEGAL SURVEY OF LAND. Effective on (1) year from the effective date of this act, no survey of land or plat or subdivision shall be legal unless made by or under the direct supervision of a registered land surveyor. All land surveys mad under the authority of the state or of any county, town, city or village with the state must be formed by a licensed land surveyor. 1986 Act Changed the definition of land surveying 54-1204(e) – Professional Land Surveyor. The term “professional land Surveyor” as used in this act shall mean a person who is qualified by reason of his knowledge of the principles of surveying acquired by education and practical experience to engage in the practice of land surveying and who has been duly registered or licensed as a professional land surveyor by the board under this act. (f) Practice of Land Surveying. The term “land surveying” includes responsible supervision of surveying of areas for their correct determination and descriptions and for conveyancing, or for the establishment or reestablishment of land boundaries and the plotting of
lands and subdivisions thereof. Any person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice land surveying within the meaning and intent of this act who engages in land surveying, or who, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself to be a professional land surveyor, or who represents himself as able to perform or who does perform any land surveying service or work or any other service designated by the practitioner which is recognized as land surveying. 1996 Act Changed the definition of land surveying 54-1202 DEFINITIONS (e) Professional Land Surveyor. The term “professional land surveyor means a person who is qualified by reason of his knowledge of the principles of land surveying acquired by education and practical experience to engage in the practice of professional land surveying and who has been duly registered or licensed as a professional land surveyor by the board under chapter. (f) Professional Land Surveying and Practice of Professional Land Surveying. The terms “land surveying” and “professional land surveying” mean responsible charge of surveying of land to determine the correct boundary description, to convey, to establish or reestablish land boundaries, or to plat lands and subdivisions thereof. Any person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice professional land surveying who engages in professional land surveying, or who, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself to be a professional land surveyor, or who represents himself as able to perform or who does perform any professional land surveying service or work or who does perform any professional land surveying service or work or any other service designated by the practitioner which is recognized as professional land surveying. (h) Responsible Charge. The term “responsible charge” means the control and direction of investigation, studies, design, construction or operation of engineering work, or the control and direction of record research, field retracement, office calculations, boundary determination and mapping of land survey work requiring initiative, professional skill and independent judgment. 2002 Act changed the definition of responsible charge. 54-1202 DEFINITIONS (8) Responsible Charge. The term “responsible charge” means the control and direction of engineering work, or the control and direction of land surveying work, requiring initiative, professional skill, independent judgment, and professional knowledge of
the content of relevant documents during their preparation. Except as allowed under section 54-1223, Idaho Code, reviewing, or reviewing and correcting, documents after they have been prepared by others does not constitute the exercise of responsible charge. 2008 Act changed the definition of land surveying by deleting the previous definition and adding the following: 54-1202 (9) “Professional land surveying” and “practice of professional land surveying” mean responsible charge of surveying of land to determine the correct boundary description, to convey, to establish or reestablish land boundaries, or to plat lands and subdivisions thereof. Any person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice professional land surveying who engages in professional land surveying, or who, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself as able to perform or who does perform any professional land surveying service or work or any other service designated by the practitioner which is professional land surveying. (10) “Professional land surveyor” means a person who is qualified by reason of his knowledge of the principles of land surveying acquired by education and practical experience to engage in the practice of professional land surveying and who has been duly licensed as a professional land surveyor by the board under this chapter. (12) “Responsible charge” means the control and direction of engineering work, or the control and direction of land surveying work, requiring initiative, professional skill, independent judgment and professional knowledge of the content of relevant documents, during their preparation. Except as allowed under section 54-1223, Idaho Code, reviewing, or reviewing and correcting, documents after they have been prepared by others does not constitute the exercise of responsible charge. 2011 Act changed the definition of land survey 50-1301 DEFINITIONS (5) Land survey: Measuring the field locations of corners that: Determine the boundary or boundaries common to two (2) or more ownerships; Retrace or establish land boundaries; Retrace or establish boundary lines of public roads, streets, alleys or trails; or Plat lands and subdivisions thereof. (11) “Professional land surveying” and “practice of professional land surveying” mean responsible charge of land surveying to determine the correct boundary description, to convey, to establish or reestablish land spring
boundaries, or to plat lands and subdivisions thereof. Any person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice professional land surveying who engages in professional land surveying, or who, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself as able to perform or who does perform any professional land surveying service or work or any other service designated by the practitioner which is professional land surveying. 55-1902 (5) Land survey: Measuring the field locations of corners that: (a) Determine the boundary or boundaries common to two (2) or more ownerships; (b) Retrace or establish land boundaries; (c) Retrace or establish boundary lines of public roads, streets, alleys or trails; or (d) Plat lands and subdivisions thereof. 2013 Act changed the definition of land surveying to include certifying elevations
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54-1202 DEFINITIONS (11) “Professional land surveying” and “practice of professional land surveying” mean responsible charge of land surveying to determine the correct boundary description, to convey, to establish or reestablish land boundaries, or to plat lands and subdivisions thereof, or to certify elevation information. Any person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice professional land surveying who engages in professional land surveying, or who, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself as able to perform or who does perform any professional land surveying service or work or any other service designated by the practitioner which is professional land surveying. GSS
D-6's Ruiz earns distinguished service award Rayce Ruiz, D-6 land surveyor, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors this spring. "On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors, I am honored to inform you that you have been selected to receive our 2014 Distinguished Service Award," said ISPLS President Nathan J. Dang. ISPLS honored Ruiz at its 2014 conference in Pocatello in March. Ruiz is a 27-year employee of District 6, where he performs boundary surveys of public right of way and private property for project development. Ruiz represents ITD in the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Height Modernization Program, helping Idaho keep current on federal survey programs. He served as an agreement administrator for the Idaho Geodetic Advisor Program and is ITD's contact with the geodetic coordinator at Idaho State University (ISU). Over the years, Ruiz installed five continuous operating reference stations and currently consults with the Idaho Real Time Network. He administered contracts with seven professional land surveyors last year and was lead surveyor for four major interchanges on U.S. 20 north of Idaho Falls and for several bridges in eastern Idaho. In collaboration with ITD and ISU officials, Ruiz coordinated ITD funding for ISU to establish GPS Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) at ISU, the university Idaho Falls Center and Snake River High School in Blackfoot. This helped ISU students and local surveyors perform GPS surveys without needing to set extra GPS base stations, thus saving time and money. CORS provide Global Navigation Satellite System data, consisting of carrier phase and code range measurements, in support of three-dimensional positioning, meteorology, space weather and geophysical applications throughout the United States, its territories and some foreign countries. NGS, which is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Ocean Service, manages the CORS network. The surveyor received the ISPLS 2005 Surveyor of the Year Award. He obtained his professional land surveyor license in January 1998. He has been a member of ISPLS since 1990. Ruiz was the eastern section director and an ISPLS board member between 2003-2012. Criteria for selecting candidates for the annual ISPLS Distinguished Service Award include a minimum of 10 years of competent surveying and completing work under challenging conditions. Published 4-11-14
Minutes - Board of Directors Meeting Pocatello March 4, 2014
Call to Order: Nate Dang, President,1:07 pm
Members Present: Nate Dang, President; Jeannie Vahsholtz, Vice President; Tom Ruby, Past President; Steve Frisbie, Treasurer; Jeremy Fielding, Secretary; Katy Dang, ISPLS Executive Director; Dave Short, NSPS Representative; Glenn Bennett, WestFed Representative; Bob Jones, QBS Representative; Clint Hansen, GSS; Rodney Burch, Eastern Section Director; John Russell, High Country Section Director; Mitch Christian, Southwest Section Director; Rob Stratton, Northern Section Director; George Yerion, Magic Valley Section Director; Tyson Glahe, David Thompson Section Director; Tom Taylor, Sawtooth Section Director; Rayce Ruiz; Coy Chapman; Jack Clark; Brian Allen; Joe Jones; Bruce Anderson; Vicky McIntyre; and Bert Nowak.
Definition of Surveying- Bob Jones; He reported that Nate had responded to the IBPEPLS letter and that it was emailed out to the ISPLS membership stating our opinion, exemptions, and that the Model Law was basis on the NCEES. Nate read the letter that he had drafted. Bob Jones stated that we need a unified voice from the membership on what this definition will mean. John Russell statied that we need to have more conversations within the ISPLS on what we need in this definition. Coy Chapman asked how we are living up to our responsibilities with regards to protecting the public. Rayce Ruiz stated that we need to divide the public and private industrial parts of this definition and keep it with public works projects. Bob Jones stated that we are licensed in the State of Idaho as professionals and so why should separate it out. Rodney Burch stated that Insurance Agencies will become an issue if we are doing work outside of our legal responsibilities (i.e., current law) and we become a greater liability. Nate stated that we need a good plan of attack moving forward. We need stories and statistics of harm that have been seen or reported, and that it does not need to be limited to our State. Tom Ruby stated that we need to appoint someone to gather this information and to have one person from each Section contact their State representatives and report back. Glenn Bennett suggested that we have a letter drafted to send out to our Legislatures with our plans.
Reports 2014 Conference-Rodney Burch; He reported that the auction looks good and that they did not have to use the $3K that was approved but suggested that we keep that amount available each year just in case the need arises. He stated that they are auctioning off a Ruger 10-22 by selling “Sections” of land and a Remington 870 Super Express shotgun as a big ticket item. He stated that the budget projections are a $52K in revenue with $25K in expenses, and that so far we have 95 PLS’s registered. He also stated that WestFed is donating $300 towards the scholarship auction. He suggested that we do a “Survey Monkey” for conference feedback for all additional years that the committees can use, and maybe put a link on the website. 2015 Conference-Glenn Bennett; He reported that the conference will be held on Feb 25-27, 2015 at the Boise Hotel, and is looking at having the BLM do classes to satisfy the CFedS licensure renewal requirements. He stated that his committee is complete. The room rates will be approximately $68/night. Teller’s Committee: Election Results IBPEPLS Selection in order: (1) Glenn Bennett, (2) Bob Jones, and (3) Brian Allen. By-Laws passed 74-1. New NSPS Representative is John Russell. 24 | GSS
Joint Meeting with IBPEPLS- Keith Simila, IBPEPLS Executive Director, presented a draft Strategic Communication Plan for Changing the Legal Definition of Professional Land Surveying in the State of Idaho. Nate Dang suggested that we need to have our talking points figured out before we approach the legislature, and that we need to have a target date identified. Keith wanted to know what to do with the draft. Nate stated that the committee will be able to go through it pretty heavily and do any tweaking needed. C.P.&F.-Tom Ruby; He passed out examples of proposed changes to the law and to the CPF form. It was suggested to move forward with membership vetting.
New Business QBS-George Yerion. He stated that he was looking for clarification of the correlation between the IDAPA rules and Idaho Code concerning QBS contracts. There is an issue with 672320(2a). Tom Ruby made motion to have Keith Similia add this to part of his house cleaning legislative cleaning. Seconded by Rob Straton. Motion passed. Young Surveyor Award-Tyson Glahe; He presented the name of Kevin McGuire for consideration for this award as part of the NSPS letter forwarded on through Dave Short. National Surveyors Week-Dave Short; He stated that there is promotional material available to use for media outlets. The date will be March 16-22, 2014. Katy Dang suggested having Jerry Hastings do a presentation on what he is doing in Ada County during this week. 2014 ISPLS Meetings: June 7 in Buhl, Idaho; September 6 in Salmon, Idaho; December 6 in Boise, Idaho; February 26 in Boise, Idaho. ITD Liaison-Nate Dang; He stated that he had drafted a letter and will be sending it to ITD since Tom Cole has retired and we are need of a new Liaison. NGS Height Modernization-Rayce Ruiz; He stated that Idaho is one of the Western Regional State Working Groups. He stated that NGS is consolidating and is looking for funding opportunities. SWOT-Vicky McIntyre; She stated that two the five new groups would form and start working on their goals, and that the ISPLS website forums will be heavily utilized during this process. Good of the order. 6:50 pm Adjournment
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ISPLS Annual Conference, Red Lion Hotel, Pocatello, ID. March 6, 2014, 12:30 pm. Call to Order: Nate Dang, President Ballot Results: Bylaws Amendments passed. Glenn Bennett selected for IBPEPLS representative recommendation to the Idaho Governor. John Russell selected as NSPS representative Standing Committees: Nate Dang reported that the ISPLS has taken the 13 standing committeeâ€™s and had combined them into just 5. They are as follows: 1) Education; Steve Staab, Chair. 2) Administrative; Jeannie Vasholtz, Chair. 3) External Marketing; Nate Dang, Chair. 4) Internal Marketing; Clint Hansen, Chair. 5) Innovation; Tyson Glahe, Chair. The committees have met on March 5, 2014 and have posted their first goals on the ISPLS website forum page. They are still looking for committee members to help out. They will have a report ready by the June 7, 2014 meeting in Buhl, Idaho. Definition of Surveying: Nate Dang that the ISPLS needs to address the tasks set forth by the IBPEPLS to advance the definition of surveying for the 2014 legislature, including collecting details of events that have caused harm to the public both and to contact our local legislators. He also emphasized that our membership must be 100% behind this effort. Discussion was had on some of the concerns that a few of the members have moving forward. Nate read the current draft and exemption letters, which had been submitted to the IBPEPLS and to our General Membership. These letters need to become discussion items at our local Sections and get their responses back as soon as possible. We except to have a final draft submitted into the Legislature this year. We have heard many positive responses from the other stake holders involved, and we still have a few more to meet with. Closing: Meeting closed at 1:30 pm.
2014/15 Officers President Nathan Dang (208) 863-4198
Vice President/President Elect Jeannie Vahsholtz (208) 282-2305
Treasurer Steve Frisbie (208) 323-2288
National Society of Professional Land Surveyors Governor David Short (208) 250-2359 email@example.com Westfed Governor Glenn Bennett (208) 888-4312
Committees Bylaws: Past President, Tom Ruby Legislation: Southwest Section Director, Mitch Christian Membership: President Elect, Jeannie Vahsholtz Education: Steve Staab; CST: Jeannie Vahsholtz; Scholarships: John Russell, John Elle Arbitration: Current President, Nathan Dang Publications: Editor Clint Hansen Interprofessional Liaisons: ACEC, Steve Frisbie; QBS, Bob Jones IBPEPLS Member: John Howe Trig Star: Steve Staab Conference Chairs 2014: Eastern Section Rodney Burch, Wade Olorenshaw, Brian Allen 2015: Southwest Section Glenn Bennett 26 | GSS
Director Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary
Brian Yeager Bruce Smith Steve Schwarz Todd Reynolds
Director Chairman Sec./Treasurer
Stephen Staab Terry Golding Stephen Staab
Section meets the second Wednesday of each month at Rowdy’s Texas Steakhouse & Saloon in Lewiston.
Secretary Jeremy Fielding (208) 861-7513
Immediate Past President Tom Ruby (208) 308-4771
David Thompson Director Chairman Vice Chairman Sec./Treasurer Eastern
Director Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer
Tyson L.A. Glahe Glen D. Cash Jeff Wiley Tyson L.A. Glahe Rodney Burch W. Olorenshaw Stewart Ward Chris Adams Dennis Jones
Eastern Section meets by video conference each month with groups at ITD offices in Pocatello and Rigby. High Country Contact John Russell (208) 634-7607. Magic Valley
Director Chairperson Vice Chair Secretary Treasurer
Northern Director Chairman Vice Chairman Sec./Treasurer
George Yerion Keith Brooks Roger Kruger Trevor Reno Tom Ruby Rob Stratton Gale Dahlman Chris Renaldo Gale Dahlman
Northern Section meets the last Friday of the month at the Iron Horse Café in Coeur d’ Alene. Sawtooth Contact Tom Taylor (208) 756-8321. Southwest
Director Chairman Vice-Chair Secretary Treasurer
Mitch Christian Jeremy Fielding Coy Chapman Aaron Rush Steve Frisbie
Southwest Section meets at Casa Mexico at 5 Mile and Fairview in Boise on the second Tuesday of each month.
Events to note: • Membership for 2013/2014 ENDED on March 31. Membership renewals for 2014/15 began April 1, 2014. Please renew your dues today! • Idaho State University is advertsing for the Geodetic Coordinator Position in the Office of Research. Please visit their website or follow this link for more information: https://isujobs.net/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=140650 • The next ISPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for June 7, 2014, 8:00 AM at the Country Club in Buhl. All current members are invited to attend. • Want to get more involved? The time is NOW! Plan to attend your section meetings regularly to see how you can help. • Check the website to keep up-to-date on all of the ISPLS activities.
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Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors PO Box 7886 Boise, ID 83707
(208) 658-9970 (208) 658-8112 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.idahospls.org
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