SAWJ Minutes of Meeting February 10, 2022

Treasurer Richard Sapio called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

SPEAKER

Presenting at the meeting were Joseph T. Campoli, Esq. and Frederick T. Mahar P.E., Esq. of Thompson Becker, LLC., presenting “Protect Your Practice: Identifying, Understanding, and Guarding Against Risk”. Thompson Becker LLC is located at Ten Melrose Avenue, Suite 400, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 and are Legal Counsel for Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, LSRPs & Construction Related Professionals.

Mr. Campoli, Esq. outlined the need for Surveyors to purchase and maintain Professional Policy Insurance, considerations when purchasing, such as “choice of council”, differentiated between Claims Made Policies and Occurrence Based Policies, as well as the importance of securing legal council, specifically knowledgeable in representing professionals when malpractice claim is brought. Mr. Campoli further explained the intricacies involved in the Affidavit of Merit Statute, Standard of Care, the Statutes of Repose/Statute of Limitations, and pre-claims while answering questions from membership.

Mr. Mahar P.E., Esq. focused the discussion on the importance of contracts within the context of the work of surveyors, reviewed the contracts that were submitted by membership, and highlighted insurance considerations needing to be consistent with the contract and the guidance that can be provided by an insurance broker in these matters. Mr. Mahar furthered spoke on the importance of establishing contracts with clients in discussing the parameters:  Scope of Services, relationship with the client, Standard of Care, and the Rights and Responsibilities of the parties involved in a contract, along with providing examples of indemnity language to avoid in contracts and the limitation of liability provisions while answering questions from membership.

Treasurer Richard Sapio held a business meeting after the presentation.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the January meeting as presented to the membership via SAWJ.org.  The motion was seconded.  The motion past by unanimous voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated February 10, 2022.

           TOTAL         XXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

           STATE BOARD

Representative Adam DiGuiseppe reported: over 350 registrants for the upcoming SurvCON; Rowan University is looking for a qualified Survey Instructor to teach computer aided drafting; the fee for public works apprenticeship will be increasing; plans for the monumentation of the “Population Center of New Jersey” is being considered for two locations in East Brunswick.

            EXECUTIVE

            No report.

            NJSPLS CONFERENCE

            No report.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

No report.

GIS/LIS COMMITTEE

No report.

EDUCATION

No report.

LEGISLATIVE

No report.

NEW BUSINESS

No report.

SCHOLARSHIPS

OLD BUSINESS

No old business.

NEW BUSINESS

Lou Marchuk has presenters lined up for the upcoming months.

SAWJ Presentations   Jan to June 2022

SAWJ has the following presentations scheduled:

March 10,22     SUE, Subsurface Utility Eng.           Brian Holder, PLS, CPA

April 14, 22       Understanding Deeds                      Bruce Blair, PLS. BRB Forensics

May 12, 22       GIS Applications in Surveying         Kevin Zelinsky, GIS/CADD Manager &

                                                                                   Charles ‘Chip’ Adamson, OLS, RVE

June 9, 22        RTK Process and Procedures           Fred Czepiga, PLS

Topics shown are general. Presenters will fine tune the topic.

CLOSING

At 9:15 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote. 

Douglas Bennet, Recording Secretary