TREC Inspector Committee
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Agenda Item 1 Call to order & roll call
ACTION: The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m.
Members present: Lee Warren, Shawn Emerick, Steven Rinehart, Barbara Evans, Mike Morgan, Dave Motley, Scott Regan, Doyle Williamson
Commissioners present: R. Scott Kesner (liaison), T.J. Turner
Members absent: Robert John Daehn, Jr.
Staff present: Tony Slagle, Deputy Executive Director, Mark Moore, SES Director, Jennifer Wheeler, EES Director, Denise Sample, LRS Director, Michael Molloy, Staff Attorney, Mike Sample-Diehl, Program Supervisor, Mike Hovey, Education Specialist, Amber Hinton, Executive Assistant
Agenda Item 2 Discussion and possible action to excuse Committee member’s absence(s), if any
No action was taken.
Agenda Item 3 Ratification of the minutes of the January 17, 2020, meeting
ACTION: Shawn Emerick, duly seconded by Doyle Williamson, moved to ratify the minutes of the January 17, 2020, with corrections made to Agenda Item 5 to change the written motion made for Chair from Doyle Williamson to Scott Regan as is reflected in the audio recording.
Agenda Item 4 General comments from visitors on non-agenda items
Agenda Item 5 Reports from Subcommittees:
a. Education Subcommittee
b. Standards of Practice Subcommittee
ACTION: Reports given by the following:
5.a.: Steven Rinehart, Chair of the subcommittee
6.b.: Shawn Emerick, Chair of the subcommittee
Agenda Item 6 Staff Reports:
a. Administration & Management Services (AMS)
b. Standards & Enforcement Services (SES)
c. Education & Examination Services (EES)
d. Licensing & Registration Services (LRS)
ACTION: Reports given by the following:
6.a. Tony Slagle, Deputy Executive Director and Chelsea Buchholtz, Executive Director
6.b. Mike Molloy, Staff Attorney, Standards & Enforcement Services
6.c. Jennifer Wheeler, Director of Education & Examination Services
6.d. Denise Sample, Director of Licensing & Registration Services
Agenda Item 7 Discussion and possible action to recommend changes to amendments proposed at the November 19, 2019, Commission Meeting to the TREC Consumer Protection Notice CN 1-2
ACTION: The committee decided by consensus to add additional language to the notice and review it at their July meeting.
T.J Turner, Commissioner
Agenda Item 8 Discussion and possible action to recommend changes to amendments proposed at the February 10, 2020, Commission meeting as follows:
a. §535.210, Fees; and
b. §535.215, Inactive Inspector Status
ACTION: Barbara Evans, duly seconded by Mike Morgan, moved to recommend the amendments be adopted by the full Commission at their May 2020 meeting. The motion passed.
Agenda Item 9 Discussion and possible action to recommend proposed amendments and new rule regarding inspector pre-licensing education requirements at the May 4, 2020, Commission meeting as follows:
a. amendments to 22 TAC §535.208, Application for a License;
b. amendments to 22 TAC §535.209, Examinations;
c. amendments to 22 TAC §535.212, Education and Experience Requirements for a License;
d. amendments to 22 TAC §535.213, Qualifying Real Estate Inspector Instructors and Courses; and
e. new rule 22 TAC §535.214, Education and Experience Requirements for a License
ACTION: Shawn Emerick, duly seconded by Steven Rinehart, moved to recommend the amendments with the changes presented be considered by the full Commission for proposal at their May 2020.
Agenda Item 10 Discussion and possible action regarding the request for Attorney General Opinion (RQ-0307-KP) – relating to an inspector’s ability to perform sewer line inspections
ACTION: The committee decided by consensus to refer this issue to the SOP subcommittee.
Agenda Item 11 Discussion and possible action regarding the display of alternate addresses on the TREC website
ACTION: The committee decided by consensus to let staff research this issue and bring it back to the committee at its July meeting
Agenda Item 12 Discussion and possible action regarding awarding CE credit for courses offered by building code organizations
ACTION: The committee decided by consensus to refer this issue to the Education subcommittee.
Agenda Item 13 Discussion and possible action regarding requiring exams for elective and non-elective CE distance education courses
ACTION: Mike Morgan, duly seconded by Barbara Evans, moved to recommend changes to the currently proposed rules to keep the inspector portion as-is for distance education. The motion passed.
R. Scott Kesner, Commissioner
Agenda Item 14 Request for future meeting agenda items
ACTION: The committee requested the following items:
a. Updated Consumer Protection Notice with two versions of the rules/forms
b. Update from the Education subcommittee regarding the possibility of awarding CE credit for courses offered by building code organizations
c. Update from the SOP subcommittee regarding Attorney General Opinion (RQ-0307-KP) – relating to an inspector’s ability to perform sewer line inspections
d. Update from staff regarding the display of alternate addresses on the TREC website
e. Update from staff regarding trade association exemptions
Agenda Item 15 Discussion of future meeting dates
ACTION: The next meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
Agenda Item 16 Adjourn
ACTION: The meeting was adjourned at 12:44 p.m.