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Resolutions for Discussion at 2015 Annual Membership Meeting
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Please be on hand Friday, October 9 in Dallas for the TSPS Annual Membership Meeting, held at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel.

The meeting is part of the 2015 TSPS Convention & Tech Expo and begins at 10 a.m., following the convention's Grand Opening and Keynote Address. It will be held in the Sheraton's Chaparral Room (38th Floor).

Please review the following resolutions to be discussed during the meeting, and plan to be a part of the discussion Friday:

 

RESOLUTIONS for 2015 TSPS Annual Business Meeting:

 

#1.  Roll Out of Student Recruitment Campaign

Whereas the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS) and the Land Surveying Profession in general is concerned about the declining numbers of Registered Professional Land Surveyors in this state;

And Whereas the Public Relations Committee of TSPS has been charged with developing a campaign to introduce the Land Surveying Profession to High School students searching for a career;

And Whereas the Public Relations Committee has done an excellent job of preparing this recruitment campaign and wishes to present this information to the general membership of TSPS for its review and approval;

Therefore, Be It Resolved That the membership of TSPS will adopt and support during the next several years the efforts of the Public Relations Committee in recruiting as many high school students as possible into this ancient and honorable profession, and will continue to do so as long as is deemed beneficial.

 

#2.  Resolution Regarding Standardization of Plat Certification

Whereas the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors recognizes the long standing need for Standardization of Plat Certification such that practicing Surveyors can rely upon a “common certification for a Land Title Survey”;

And Whereas the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors TLTA Liaison Committee for 2014-2015 was charged with the following objective

  • Liaise with TLTA to discuss and work on developing an agreement for one common certificate for all Land Surveyors to employ on title surveys

And whereas the current Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Manual of Practice for Land Surveying in the State of Texas (11th. edition) provides the following certification language (Sec.11, Manual of Practice for Land Surveying in the State of Texas 2006 Revised Eleventh Addition, Pages 24 & 51)

This Survey substantially complies with the current The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Standards and Specification for a Category 1A (or 1B), Condition___ Survey.

And Whereas the TLTA Liaison Committee has worked diligently to address this pressing need;

Therefore, Be it Resolved that the membership of Texas Society of Professional Surveyors consider for adoption the results of the TLTA Liaison Committees Draft (version 1.1) of a proposed TSPS Manual of Practice certification as follows:

The plat, map, sketch or drawing of a TSPS Category 1A or 1B, Condition I, II, III, or IV, Land Title Survey  shall  have the certification as below, unaltered, except as may be required pursuant to Section (XXXX) above:

Addressed To: (name of proposed insured), (name of lender, if known), (name of insurer) along with the working addresses of each:

That this plat, map, sketch, drawing (Chose your appropriate wording) and the survey on which it is based were made in accordance with the 2015 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for a TSPS Category 1A (or 1B) Condition (I,II,III,IV [choose1]) Land Title Survey, as established and adopted by the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, and includes Items ___________ of Table  A thereof. The field work was completed on (enter a date).

_________________________________________  
(Surveyor’s signature, printed name and seal with Registration Number)

 

#3.  Resolution Regarding Revision of the TSPS Manual of Practice

Whereas the current edition of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Manual of Practice for Land Surveying in the State of Texas was last revised with the 2006 Revised Eleventh Addition;

And Whereas the Board of Directors and Membership of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors are in general agreement that a review and update of the Manual of Practice would be in the  best interest of the Society;

And Whereas the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Standards Committee for 2014-2015 was charged with the following objective

Objective: Complete the updating of the TSPS Manual of Practice by the Third Quarter Board Meeting and if approved, present to the membership at the Annual Meeting:

  1. At an early stage liaise with the Chair of the On-Line Education /Distance Learning sub-committee to ensure that the new Manual of Practice is easily convertible to various digital formats;

And Whereas the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Standards Committee has been working towards the objectives of its charge but as of this date has not fully consummated a comprehensive list of proposed revisions to the Manual of Practice;

Therefore, Be it Resolved that the membership of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors consider for discussion the ongoing charge of this Committee for renewal and extension and entertain pertinent suggestions for the advancement thereof.

 

#4.  Resolution to Develop a Policy on Expense Reimbursement for Committee and Board of Director Members

Whereas the monetary cost of active participation in Committee and Board of Directors activities can prove to be onerous for those TSPS members who reside a considerable distance from Austin;

And Whereas one of the strengths of TSPS is that it represents surveyors from across the state;

And Whereas it is very important that all members are given the opportunity to participate actively in both committees and on the Board of Directors, especially younger members who may find it financially burdensome so to do;

Therefore, Be It Resolved That TSPS develop and approve a formal policy to deal with expense reimbursement to members of Committees and the Board of Directors.

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