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Teleconference – December 12, 2011

Meeting called to order at 4:00 PM

Attending: Claude Chevalier, Rick Purchase, Jeff Cushing, Jim Ashley, Neil Falkner, Dan Gosselin, Sheldon Beebee,


Old business

2. Annual Meeting date: Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Rutland Holiday Inn.

Annual meeting agenda

Potential Speakers – Dig Safe, DOT, State of VT Agency of Natural Resources Rep to explain current rules, National Director(Jeff) to update NGWA news

Jeff Cushing moved to have Claude Chevalier & Margaret Laggis contact the potential speakers and check on availability. Seconded by Dan Gosselin. Motion passed

b. Election of officers/board members – Margaret will contact board members to
verify their willingness to run again.

c. Annual Meeting Listing in NGWA Calendar – Claude will contact to include
VGWA annual meeting in their national listing

d. Vendors – Margaret will contact vendors to set up booths at the meeting

Electrical Training – January 10 – Grounding – for water pump license renewal. Anyone interested in the training call Claude Chevalier

Meeting adjourned at 4:25 PM

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VGWA Board meeting June 16, 2011

Members present: Jeff Williams, Jim Ashley, George Spear, Dan Gosselin, Rick Purchase, Scott Ennis, Jeff Cushing, and Claude Chevalier.

Jeff reported on his trip to the NGWA midyear director’s meeting in Winnepeg, Canada. NGWA is working on several consensus documents to use between drillers and engineers.

NGWA is working on .25% lead rules and the testing practices that are in place and the responsibility requirements. There would be no third party testing for US manufactured fittings. All out of country manufacturers will be required to get third party verification. NGWA is working with EPA to have the standard go national.

NGWA is pushing for more awareness for Groundwater Awareness Week.

Ground Source Heat Pumps got a big boost from the town meeting that Sanders and Welch held in Burlington. NGWA is working on maintaining 30% tax credit just like wind and solar and it looks very positive at the federal level at this time.
United States Geological Survey did a sampling of well water and contaminents. EPA wants to build on this study and make the information useable. Try to answer why contaminents exist and what that means.

NGWA talked about how State associations are losing membership because the suppliers are offering the Continuing Education courses that the association used to offer as a membership draw.

Claude talked about how dedicated our suppliers are and how they were there even though we are such a small organizations.

The group discussed our speakers and whether they were informative and helpful.

Claude asked me to email him a list of vendors so that we can thank them for their amazing support.
The Board set the date for next year’s annual meeting of Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Capitol Plaza.

Claude commented on the TAC. New rule about notifying neighbors if a new well will infringe upon the neighbors land. If the well shield crosses a property line, the engineer has to notify the neighbor. This is only for permitted wells.

The board talked about whether it is the driller’s responsibility to get the permit for properties where the owner doesn’t want to bother. Jeff Cushing stated that their contracts include a provision that landowners are responsible for all applicable permits.

The board talked about how far behind ANR is with filing well logs.

There was also a discussion about the lack of enforcement on unlicensed drillers and on those who are not filing the proper paperwork.

Margaret discussed the legislative endeavors of this year. Electrician’s S license is going from $90 to $115. ANR is going to be overhauling the geothermal permitting and notice requirements as a part of the Challenges for Change.
Jeff talked about doing another demonstration next Spring. Maybe a screened well somewhere. Include the State and some engineers.

Jim Ashley talked about an advisory committee meeting for REV. A mixture of inside installers and drillers who are working on coefficients of performance and other details that are relavent to Vermont. REV will be holding their annual conference this fall and are asking for some geothermal information to be presented.

Claude moved that the board meeting adjourn at 5:20.

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VGWA Board meeting March 12, 2011


President Claude Chevalier opened the annual meeting and welcomed members and vendors.
G. J. Garrow presented on lead fixtures law in Vermont.

Claude Chevalier called the business meeting to order.

Jeff moved to accept the minutes from last year, John Gould seconded.

Jeff Williams read the treasurer report. Chaz Hinsley moved to accept the report and Ken seconded it.

Election of officers:

President Claude Chevalier

Vice President Dan Gosselin

Treasurer Jeff Williams

Secretary Neal Faulkner
Elected by slate.

Jim Ashley moved that the Secretary vote on ballot for the slate. Seconded and unanimously voted.
Board members up for re-election:

Sheldon Beebe, Kim Johnson, Jim Ashley, moved by Chaz Hinsley and seconded by Jeff Williams. Chaz moved to cease nominations, which was seconded. Moved for the secretary to cast one ballot.

Claude asked to move that the money for Ex. Secretary and Lobbyist by approved. Moved and seconded. Voted.

NGWA affilliate State membership of $290 approved.

American Groundwater Trust of $500.00. Chaz moved and Jeff seconded.


Claude recognized Jim Dwyer and his wife Carol Lawrence. Jim is the President of New York Groundwater Association.

Jim Ashley introduced the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund representative. They discussed their map of Vermont that has renewable energy sites, prime agriculture soils, etc.

He discussed their interest in having all of the geothermal systems mapped. It would appear on

Renewable Energy Vermont has asked to start a standing committee on geothermal. They are also looking to set up a working group that will join home building, drillers, etc.

Jeff moved that we join REV for $250.00. Seconded and voted.

Claude closed the meeting with the drawing of the eight door prizes.

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VGWA Board meeting January 27, 2011

Present: Claude Chevalier, Dan Gosselin, Jim Ashley, George Spear, John Gould, Rick Purchase, Scott Ennis, Sheldon Beebe.

Annual Meeting March 12, 2010:

8:00-9:00 Breakfast and table tops

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction

9:15-10:15 G.J. Garrow Plumbing Inspector Lead fixtures

10:15-11:15 Jim Jackson, President, Alloy Tool

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Stewart Krause, Y.O. Ben, Thermally enhanced grout

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Stewart Krause Y.O. Ben, Grout placement procedures

2:30-4:00 Business meeting
Election of Officers:

Claude Chevalier, President

Dan Gosselin, Vice President

Jeff Williams, Treasurer

Rick Purchase Secretary
Regular Board Members:

Jim Ashley, Kim Johnson, Sheldon Beebe

Election of New England Reps:

Jeff Cushing and Chaz Hinsley
NGWA membership $290

AGWT membership $500

REV membership $250
Jim Ashley talked about credits available for geothermal installations. He also spoke about our need to support Renewable Energy Vermont.

Claude said that John Fehrs said at a recent TAC meeting it was brought up that you need a permit for standing column permit for geothermal for underground injection. The permits are expensive and require an annual renewal.
Claude wants to give gift baskets to speakers and have four items to raffle.

Jeff Williams talked about a subcommittee that he serves on at NGWA. They are trying to drum up support groundwater awareness week.

Jeff also mentioned that Dwayne Feeley father had passed away. He will send something from VGWA and send Margaret the bill.

Jim Ashley talked about geothermal and doing a survey on installed systems and their COP. He is working with Dr. Benjamin Luce from Lyndon State College. They want to get funding from Clean Energy Development Fund. Part of the money would go to finding out who has these installed systems. They also will be working with the Sustainable Jobs Fund. They will develop an Atlas of types of renewable energy systems and how they are working as they are installed.

Jim is suggesting that VGWA, the Home Builders and Ashrae start a working group on renewable heating/cooling systems.

Jim is also trying to respond to a horrible article that Andy Shapiro wrote in the Times Argus about some types of geothermal units. He is installing units that several of our members believe are inferior.

Meeting adjourned 5:20pm

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