August 2018 WIA Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2018


7:00 a.m.

  • Roll-call, Establish Quorum
      • Board Members: Mark Stege, Ken Miller, Mike Easley, Dave Sparks
    • WIA Staff: Jason Begger, Sarah Young, Briana Long
  • Approve Agenda
    • Ken Moves
    • Mike Seconds
    • Agenda Approved
  • Approve Minutes
    • Mike Moves
    • Ken Seconds
    • Minutes Approved
  • Old Business
    • Introduce Briana Long, new intern, will be here for a while
      1. Graduated with Chemical Engineering degree from UW in May
    • ITC
      1. XPRIZE update
        1. Updating electrical system for teams, cost approximately $300k for upgrades
        2. XPRIZE teams are working on funding, identifying needs like hiring EPC firms
        3. Working to finalize lease with XPRIZE, provided flexible end date in lease
      2. JCOAL/KHI
        1. Moving forward according to plan, on schedule
        2. Another group will be visiting August 27-29
      3. MTR
        1. Separation technology, filter membrane system
        2. Applied for DOE grant, in Phase 2 and have identified ITC as site
        3. Announcement for two Phase 3 $50 million award winners will be mid-2019
        4. Proposing 200 ton per day project – large test bay project
    • Legislative update
      1. Energy Authority
        1. August 28 at Joint Minerals Committee meeting, they will consider an Energy Authority bill that would combine WIA, WPA, and possible others
        2. Haven’t seen bill yet
      2. Oil and Gas study
        1. Moving ahead, on schedule
        2. Should be able to see draft by end of Sept/first part of Oct and will meet Oct 30 deadline
      3. Energy strategy
        1. Legislature is looking for recommendations on process more than content on an Energy Strategy
          1. How does State go about getting it updated, and how do you implement and ensure implementation/goals are met
        2. We will be providing an update based on conversation having as part of Fall conference
    • Fall conference
      1. Possible topics:
        1. Colorado School of Mines – Corporate Social Responsibility
        2. Blockchain Solutions on Power
    • Accounting manager & Audit Update
      1. Jami will be starting on Monday
      2. Will push audit back a few weeks so Jami can be fully involved in the process
    •  Legislative PRB Tour
      1. AK, KS, TX, MO in July
      2. Attendees were pleased, everyone is excited to do another one next one
      3. Numbers we a little high so may look at capping number next year
  • New Business
    • Maternity policy
      1. Proposal: Pay 40% of salary for 6 weeks, can use vacation/available time/unpaid time to fill up to 16 weeks
        1. Will take 16 weeks to 12 weeks to match FMLA/state
      2. Paternity leave – should it apply it to both?
        1. Yes, should apply to maternity and paternity
      3. Second bullet on “good standing”
        1. Pulled, can be stricken
      4. Should taper 6 weeks? 1 week per year, or commitment to company, or scale salary percentage per years of service
        1. Will adjusted to tiered system
      5. To be considered by Board: adjusting bankable amount of vacation hours, provide more rollover opportunity
      6. Jason will update and reconsider at September board meeting
    • House Science Committee
      1. Testified on July 17 in D.C., went well
  • Public Comment Opportunity
    • No members of the public present
  • Adjournment
    • Adjourned