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SAWJ Meeting Minutes 10-13-16

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

October 13, 2016

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership to introduce themselves, then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight was Dan Martin with National Geodetic Survey.  Dan presented on the modernizing of the NSRS and the geoid slope validation survey of 2014.

The presentation discussed the history of the national horizontal and vertical reference frames.  Discussion was made regarding the updates to each frame and how this will affect the way surveyors use the reference frames in their daily use.

Mr Martin took questions throughout the presentation.  He concluded his seminary at 9:00pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated July 14, 2016.

Checking       $********

Savings          $********

Duck              $********

Scholarship  $********

TOTAL         $*********

OLD BUSINESS

Rick Sapio states that the committee for the SAWJ Scholarhsip Fund will meet this month.

NEW BUSINESS

NJCFM Conference is taking place at Bally’s from October 18 to October 20.  Visit www.njspls.org for more details.

NJSPLS will offer the CST Exam on October 22 at the Clarion in Toms River.

NJSPLS Annual Conference will be January 22-25.

Ambrose Gmeiner mentioned that the NJ State Archives and the NJ Geological Society have joined together in an effort to scan the records of the West Jersey Proprietors and the East Jersey Proprietors in order to have them made available to search with an online database.  Mr. Gmeiner told the membership that NJSPLS have committed a monetary support for the project and that some of the chapters have passed formal resolutions to support the state society’s support.  Lou Marchuck stated that he would be in favor of SAWJ making a similar resolution with the resolution carrying a memorandum of understanding that the records must be shared with surveyors.  The motion was made to support the state’s monetary aid with the Memorandum of Understanding.  The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

The South Jersey Chapter of NJSPS is sponsoring a Day at the Range on October 22 in Winslow, N.J.  Go to www.njspls.org for pricing and details.

At 9:16 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes 8-11-2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership to introduce themselves, then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speakers tonight are Ed and Hannah Pagan discussing copyright issues and infringement.  Also included in the topic were surveyors and engineers clients ownership, licenses, and transfer of copyrights, etc.20160811_194029

The presentation focused on surveyors and intellectual property, discussion was made about what exactly can be copyrighted, how copyright is defined and how can our industry protect itself.

Ed and Hannah Pagan presented on the need for clear and concise contracting in our industry and how contract can protect surveyors against copyright infringement.  It must be agreed upon up front what the survey will be used for and what it should not be used for.  It is not enough to put disclaimer notes on the final plan.

Ed and Hannah Pagan concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 9:10pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated July 14, 2016.

Checking       $XXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXX

Scholarship  $XXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson was unavailable to give a report in person, but a draft of the NJSPLS Board of Directors meeting was given briefly by President Bill Haggerty.  A hard copy of the full report is available upon request.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business

NEW BUSINESS

Elections for next year’s board members will take place soon.  The membership was asked to prepare nominations for the September meeting.  It was suggested that member wishing to nominate individuals for position find out if that individual would be willing to take the appointment, if elected.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camden County deeds are now available online

Mercer County new FEMA maps have become effective dated July 20, 2016.

CLOSING

 At 9:30 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes July 14, 2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership to introduce themselves, then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is David Day, CP, GISP from Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc. The presentation is on UAS regulations and usage.

Keystone Aerial has been in the business of aerial mapping for some time and has recently begun exploring the use of UAS as a means to provide a high quality product.  Mr. Day explained to the membership the limitations of UAS and the regulations regarding how and when UAS flights are allowed.   The quality of the products produced by UAS are based upon the quality of the camera.  In some instances, UAS mapping is able to produce accuracies of up to 1/4″.  Mr. Day stressed that with the rapid advancement of the technology that it is important for a surveyor, as a consumer of the product, to understand how the data is being compiled, what kind of hardware is in the UAS, and what type of software is being used for post processing.  For survey projects, data must be certified to a certain degree of accuracy.

Mr. Day plans to email the membership a copy of the Power Point presentation for everyone to use as a reference.

Mr. Day concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 8:45m.

BUSINESS MEETING

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated July 14, 2016.

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship  $XXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson was unavailable to give a report

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business

NEW BUSINESS

Lou Marchuk discussed the possibility of having a legal consultant available for surveyors as a benefit of membership in NJSPLS.  He also states that this consultant would be useful to provide surveyors with updates in trespass law and to represent the society in educating the League of Municipalities, as a way to limit the use of surveys within municipalities without a signed or sealed copy from the surveyor.  This seems to be an issue when a property owner applies for building permits by drawing improvements onto a Plan of Survey without the knowledge of the professional.

Mr. Marchuck also suggested that the legal representative be Mr. Ed Pagan, and that Mr. Pagan could give a presentation to SAWJ in the future on topics such as trespass law, and other ways in which a legal consultant could be of value.

A motion to was made to make $1,500.00 made available for the possible consultation.  The motion was seconded and carried by voice vote.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAWJ January and February seminars have been submitted to the state for PDH approval.  March, April, May, and June will be submitted shortly.

Steve Mervine directed the memberships’ attention to the NJSPLS Calendar, which has been updated with all upcoming events.

http://www.njspls.org/events/event_list.asp

Harold Bozarth announced that any member wishing to obtain copies of old surveys prepared by surveyors who are retired or hard to reach, should contact him and he will get in touch with the proper individuals.

CLOSING

 At 9:23 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes June 9, 2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 6:58 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Kevin Zelinsky, GISP, CMS, Associate with Remington & Vernick Engineers, Inc. & Affiliates.  The presentation was an introduction to aerial LiDAR and its applications in regards to surveying and engineering projects.

Mr. Zelinsky demonstrated the various ways in which LiDAR is being used throughout the state.  LiDAR data is being obtained for large scale topographic mapping and in the creation of digital elevation models.  The presentation illustrated how these projects are being implemented in New Jersey and how private companies can obtain this data to incorporate it into private sector projects

Mr. Zelinsky concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 8:54pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes from the last meeting.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, reports that he received SAWJ dues money from NJSPLS for the membership.  Mr. Sapio also presented the following financial report, dated May 12, 2016.

Checking       XXXXXXXX

Savings          XXXXXXXX

Duck              XXXXXXXX

Scholarship  XXXXXXXX

TOTAL         XXXXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson turned his report over to Kevin Zelinsky to discuss the New Jersey Geospatial Forum’s newly created Boundary Task Force.  Mr. Zelinsky is asking for professionals to join the task force to help the GIS community.  The details are as follows:

Mission Statement

The mission of the NJGF Boundary Task Force is to educate and develop standards on the matter of legal boundaries for the purpose of protecting the public, GIS and surveying communities while increasing the value and reliability of the data in the State’s enterprise GIS.

Goals

  • Educate the GIS & Engineering communities and the public as to what a boundary is, how a boundary is created and their legal ramifications.
  • Educate the GIS, Surveying & Engineering communities to the terminology of GIS parcels and Surveying boundary and when they should be used.
  • Develop consistent standards for submission of surveys and survey data into the state’s enterprise GIS.

 2016 Objectives

  • Definition of a boundary: Create white paper citing real-life examples, using mailing list for discussion
  • Metadata standards: Create a standard template, using mailing list for discussion
  • December NJGF general meeting presentation: Topics including land records 101

Anyone interested in participating should contact Kevin Zelinsky at 856-795-9595 x1064 kevin.zelinsky@rve.com.

Discussion on the Boundary Task Force prompted a general discussion regarding some municipalities required surveyors to update surveys and certify to new property owners.  The membership discussed forming a committee to draft a letter to be sent to NJSPLS regarding our stance on using old surveys for current title transfers.  Further discussion on this matter was tabled for the next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

SAWJ received approval from the State of New Jersey for the PDH’s earned during the November, 2015 presentation.  We will be submitting for approval of PDH’s for the presentation from May and June of 2016.

NEW BUSINESS

There is no new business

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAWJ July meeting will be July 14, 2016.  A presentation will be given by Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc.

CLOSING

 At 9:27 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes 4-14-16

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
April 14, 2016
MINUTES OF MEETING
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership present to introduce themselves and then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Jerry Jones, President of Western Group, LLC. The presentation was about New Jersey tidelands claims and riparian zones. Western Group runs a program called NJ Property Fax, which provides users with detailed property reports, including current tax maps and zone classifications, as well as flood zone classification and tidelands or riparian claims.

Western provides clients with reports on Tidelands Determination, which are insured to be accurate. Employees of Western go to the NJ Tidelands Department multiple times per year to scan and record the most current tidelands claim maps.

Current subscribers of NJ Property Fax can obtain a Tidelands Determination on a property for a discounted rate of $20 to $30. Western generations numerous reports per day for a wide variety of customers including title companies, attorneys, engineers, and surveyors.

The presenters concluded and opened the floor for questions. The presentation concluded at 8:00pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
The Director did not have a report.

TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer, Richard Sapio, did not have account totals to report. He did inform the membership that a formal Thank You note was received from the NJIT Student Competition organizers for the SAWJ gift of $500.00.

MINUTES
Minutes from last meeting were posted on the website. Motion was made to accept the minutes as posted. Motion passed by voice vote

NEW BUSINESS
Discussions were held regarding the attendance of SAWJ members at the upcoming NJSPLS awards banquet on Saturday, May 14 at the Clarion in Toms River. Peter Burgess, P.E. & P.L.S., member of SAWJ, is this year’s recipient of Surveyor of the Year. SAWJ was asked to sponsor at least one full table at the banquet and make a $500 donation to the NJSPLS Scholarship Fund. A motion is made and seconded to make the $500 donation. Motion is passed by voice vote.

An announcement was made that certain townships in New Jersey are now requiring a Plan of Survey before issuing Certificates of Occupancy for home purchases.

Rowan/GCC is looking for an instructor for CET 108 (Introduction to Surveying) for the Fall 2016 semester. This course is a systematic study of the basic principles of plane surveying. Topics include field practice, office procedures, and familiarization with various surveying instruments (transit, theodolite, EDM, total station, automatic-level, and laser-level). Traversing, triangulation, and leveling are also studied. The schools is looking for someone with a Master’s in some type of Engineering or a related field with experience in surveying. In lieu of a Masters, significant experience in surveying will be considered. The course would pay $2010 for the semester and can be flexible on when it is scheduled. It would meet for 2 ½ hours per week total (either one 2 ½ hour class or two 1 ¼ hour meetings on 2 days a week) for 15 weeks. Interested parties are to contact:

Dr. Brenden Rickards, Ph.D.
Dean, STEM Division
Associate Professor, Biology
Rowan College at Gloucester County
1400 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 415-2279
brickar1@rcgc.edu

OLD BUSINESS
There is no old business to discuss at this time

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
A brief discussion was held regarding the “Final Point” program available through Bernsten, in which a monument may be made to honor the memory of passed surveyors. NJSPLS will help with the setting of points, if requested

CLOSING

The door-prize was won by John FitzGibbon who contributed the money to the Duck Fund. At 8:36 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting minutes March10th, 2016

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
March 10, 2016
MINUTES OF MEETING
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Mr. Haggerty invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Brian Shaw, C.F.M, Director of Sales and Marketing for Smart Vent. The presentation was about the Smart Vent product and how surveyors can use Smart Vent to help clients who are paying for flood insurance.

Brian went over the details of the FEMA Elevation Certificate and how each item is used as a cost basis for pricing flood insurance through the NFIP. He explained specifically how engineered flood openings, such as Smart Vents, can reduce the hydrostatic pressure of flood waters against a structure.

Smart Vent has established an in-house insurance company to offer competitive rates for flood insurance to property owners. In an effort to educate the public on the advantages of the Smart Vent, the company offers a Flood Evaluation resource, in which surveyor’s can submit a completed Elevation Certificate for evaluation and they will issue a report detailing way in which the property owner can lower insurance costs.

This program is available free of charge and can be accessed by going to www.yourfloodrisk.com

Questions were asked throughout the presentation. The presentation concluded at 8:53pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES
Minutes from last meeting were posted on the website. Motion was made to accept the minutes as posted. Motion passed by voice vote

TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated: March 10, 2016
Checking XXXXX
Savings XXXXX
Duck XXXXX
Scholarship XXXXX
TOTAL XXXXX

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
If anyone is looking for old survey records prepared by Rick Humphries you may contact Charlie Walton.

OLD BUSINESS
There is no old business to discuss at this time.

NEW BUSINESS
David Aguanno, President of the North Jersey chapter of NJSPLS, has asked SAWJ to make a financial contribution to the NJIT SET students competing in this year’s student competition. A motion was made to make a contribution of $500.00. The motion passed by voice vote.

Discussion was raised regarding the attendance of NJSPLS members to the MAC URISA conference and whether the accommodations were being paid for by NJSPLS. NJSPLS Director Charles Adamson reported that the motion to pay for the attendees was presented at the last NJSPLS meeting and voted down.

Discussions were held regarding the attendance of SAWJ members at the upcoming NJSPLS awards banquet on Saturday, May 12 at the Clarion in Toms River. SAWJ was asked to sponsor at least one full table at the banquet. Charles Adamson will accept emails from members who wish to attend. SAWJ will pay for one table and hopefully have 10 members to fill the table.

The next SAWJ chapter meeting will be held on April 14. The speaker will be Jerry Jones who will be discussing N.J. Tidelands mapping.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Charles Adamson reported on the number of students currently enrolled in the SET program at NJIT. He discussed the legislative bills currently under review by NJSPLS. He announced that the Surveyor of the Year award will go to Peter Burgess for his role in the surveying education in the state of New Jersey.

CLOSING

The door-prize was won by Rich Federico who contributed the money to the Duck Fund.

At 9:28 PM. it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary