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Approved August 11, 2007 Meeting Minutes
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) held its monthly meeting on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at Rothchild Catering, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., beginning at 3:15 p.m.
Ben Adams, Secretary
Lance Mezga, Chair
Deputy Designated Federal Officer and Liaisons Present
Dave Adler, Liaison, Department of Energy – Oak Ridge Office (DOE-ORO)
Pat Halsey, Federal Coordinator, DOE-ORO
Steve McCracken, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, DOE-ORO Assistant Manager for Environmental Management
Becky Brunton, Spectrum
Luther Gibson, former ORSSAB member
Spencer Gross, Spectrum
Norman Mulvenon, former ORSSAB member
Pete Osborne, Spectrum
Sandy Reagan, former ORSSAB member
Ralph Skinner, DOE-ORO
Deputy Designated Federal Officer and Liaison Comments
Mr. McCracken remarked that during the Core Hole 8 presentation scheduled for the board’s September meeting DOE will not only provide details on the project from a technical perspective but will also explain its priority in terms of budgeting and prioritization.
Mr. Gibson said this was the ninth retreat that he had attended and felt it was the right amount of time to discuss the workings of the board and develop the FY 2008 work plan.
Ms. Reagan said the current makeup of the board has a good mix of technical and professional knowledge. She said it was a good opportunity for the new members and they should make the best of their time on the board.
Announcements and Other Board Business
The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 12 at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center. The meeting presentation will be an update on Corehole 8 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The minutes of the July 11, 2007, meeting were approved.
Election of FY 2008 Officers – Mr. Dixon representing the Nominating Committee submitted a slate of candidates: Secretary, Ted Lundy; Vice-chair, Steve Dixon; Chair, Lance Mezga. Mr. Mezga asked for nominations from the floor. None were forthcoming. The slate of candidates was approved.
Federal Coordinator Report
Ms. Halsey noted that plenty of funding is available for members who wish to attend the fall EM SSAB Chairs Meeting in Paducah, September 26 and 27. She asked staff to email the agenda to board members.
Additions to the Agenda
Mr. Myrick reported that he had been asked to work on revising the bylaws since there were extensive suggested revisions to the bylaws by DOE Headquarters. He said it would be difficult to work through all of the suggested revisions to receive agreement among all the board members. He suggested two options. One would be to adopt Robert’s Rules of Order, which DOE Headquarters would accept as operating guidelines. The other option would be to use model language provided by DOE and make the parts of the language specific to ORSSAB. He recommended using the model language.
Mr. Dixon moved to have Mr. Myrick use the model language and make it specific to ORSSAB and have a first draft ready for the board to review at the September meeting. Mr. Adams seconded. The motion passed.
Mr. Olson asked about the ORSSAB voting procedure, which was adopted at the April meeting. Mr. Myrick said that is one of the things that would be made specific to ORSSAB.
Mr. Myrick moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Dixon seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Adams moved to approve the minutes of the July 17 meeting. Mr. Bonner seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Dixon moved to approve the slate of candidates for officers for FY 2008. Mr. Stow seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Dixon moved to have Mr. Myrick provide a revised set of bylaws based on model language suggested by DOE Headquarters. Mr. Adams seconded and the motion passed 17 to 1 (Ms. Bogard voted no).
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.