TREC Inspector Committee
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Agenda Item 1 Call to order & roll call
ACTION: The meeting was called to order at 10:06 a.m.
Members present: Lee Warren, Shawn Emerick, Steven Rinehart, Dave Motley, Scott Regan, Doyle Williamson
Members absent: Robert John Daehn, Jr.
Commissioner liaison present: R. Scott Kesner
Staff present: Chelsea Buchholtz, Executive Director, Tony Slagle, Deputy Executive Director, Vanessa Burgess, General Counsel, Mark Moore, Deputy General Counsel, Michael Molloy, Enforcement Director, Jennifer Wheeler, Education and Examinations Director, Denise Sample, Licensing Director, 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
ACTION: Shawn Emerick, seconded by Scott Regan, moved to excuse Barbara Evans. The motion was adopted by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item 3 Ratification of the minutes of the April 13, 2020, meeting
ACTION: Shawn Emerick, seconded by Steven Rinehart, moved to ratify the minutes of the April 13, 2020, meeting. The motion was adopted by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item 4 General comments from visitors on non-agenda items
ACTION: No comments were received.
Note: Mike Morgan joined the meeting.
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
5.b. Shawn Emerick, Chair of the subcommittee
Agenda Item 6 Staff Reports:
a. Executive Division
b. TREC Enforcement Division
c. Education and Examinations Division
d. Licensing Division
ACTION: Reports given by the following:
6.a. Chelsea Buchholtz Executive Director and Tony Slagle, Deputy Executive Director
6.b. Mike Molloy, Enforcement Director
6.c. Jennifer Wheeler, Education and Examinations Director
6.d. Denise Sample, Licensing Director
Agenda Item 7 Discussion and possible action regarding the TREC Consumer Protection Notice
ACTION: Steven Rinehart, seconded by Doyle Williamson, moved to recommend changes to the TREC Consumer Protection Notice, with added inspector verbiage, to the full Commission for possible proposal the August 10, 2020, Commission meeting. The motion was adopted with Shawn Emerick voting nay.
Agenda Item 8 Discussion and possible action regarding the following proposed amendments and new rule regarding inspector pre-licensing education requirements:
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: Steven Rinehart, seconded by Scott Regan, moved to recommend the amendments to Subchapter R, with changes as presented, to the full Commission for possible adoption at the August 10, 2020, Commission meeting. The motion was adopted by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item 9 Update regarding an inspector’s ability to perform sewer line inspections
ACTION: Deputy Executive Director Slagle informed the committee that this item is on hold pending a rule change from the Plumbing Board.
Agenda Item 10 Discussion and possible action regarding the display of alternate addresses on the TREC website
ACTION: General Counsel Burgess explained staff would update the committee after reviewing this topic at the agency level.
Agenda Item 11 Request for future meeting agenda items
ACTION: The committee requested a discussion regarding software being used by inspectors for the TREC inspection reports. The committee also asked staff to update the website to reflect that inspector sponsors are not required to use the TREC inspector logs and to inform the Customer Relations Division about this as well.
Agenda Item 12 Discussion of future meeting dates
Suggested date per planning schedule: Monday, October 12, 2020
Alternative Dates: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, or Thursday, October 15, 2020
ACTION: The next meeting is scheduled for October 12, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
Agenda Item 13 Adjourn
ACTION: Shawn Emerick, seconded by Steven Rinehart, moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was adopted by unanimous vote and the meeting was adjourned at 11:47 a.m.