January 28, 2010

The State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors announced today disciplinary action against the following licensees.

Kurt A. Stenberg, Providence, R.I.:

The Board announced disciplinary action against Stenberg, suspending his mechanical engineering license for a period of one year followed by a one-year period of probation.

The Board found that in 2005 fire protection plans affixed with the Stenberg's engineering seal were submitted to the Bedford Fire Department. The Board found that Stenberg failed to sign all documents stamped with his seal and affixed his seal to fire prevention plans that were not reviewed or prepared by him. The Board found that his conduct failed to protect the health, safety, property and welfare of the public and that his conduct fell below the accepted standards of practice in the engineering profession.

Brant S. Haworth, Lakeville:

Haworth agreed to one-year probation of his license to practice as a sanitary engineer, and paid a $1,500 fine in order to resolve allegations that he violated various Board regulations in connection with his design of a septic system.

Carlos E. Ferreira, Southborough:

The Board announced that through a consent agreement, it is suspending Ferreira's license as a professional engineer for five years. After Ferreira serves two years of the suspension, he will be eligible for a stay of the suspension.

In the agreement Ferreira admitted to misconduct in his engineering practice including having failed to provide accurate and truthful information to the Board, and having violated generally accepted standards of engineering practice and Board regulations in stamping and signing certain drawings and instruments relating to construction of one-family dwelling in Southborough.

William F. Drude, Jr., Chelmsford:

The Board and Drude entered into a consent agreement whereby a reprimand has been imposed on Drude's license to practice as a land surveyor. The agreement resolved allegations that Drude signed and stamped a survey which was not sufficiently supervised and reviewed, in violation of Board rules and regulations.

Paul Sweetser, Dennisport:

The Board and Sweetser have entered into a consent agreement whereby a reprimand has been imposed on Sweetser's license to practice as a land surveyor. The agreement resolved allegations that Sweetser signed and stamped a survey which failed to conform to Board regulations.

Brian M. Szoc, Gardner:

Szoc agreed to a six-month probation of his license to practice as a professional land surveyor and paid a $500 fine in order to resolve allegations that his process for determining a property line was inadequate.

Tristam M. Weller, Centerville:

The Board announced that Weller has admitted to sufficient facts pertaining to allegations of unlicensed practice.

On April 15, 2009, Mr. Weller admitted to sufficient facts in Barnstable District Court to two charges of unlicensed engineering practice. Weller, who is not a registered engineer, created an engineering proposal and a sewer-site plan for a condominium complex in West Yarmouth. The court sentenced Weller to a continuation without a finding of guilt for two years (unsupervised probation), and a $50 court fee.

Ronald N. Tubman, Rhode Island:

The Board imposed a reprimand on Tubman's license, and issued a $500 fine against Tubman. He entered into an agreement that resolved allegations that he had generated an as-built plan that did not conform to Board requirements.

John H. Greendale, Holliston:

The Board announced disciplinary action and a reprimand against Greendale's license through a final decision and order.

The Board also ordered that Greendale's license, which expired June 30, 2006, shall be eligible for reinstatement only if he meets all general requirements for reinstatement, appears before the Board for a personal interview and demonstrates to the Board's satisfaction that his return to the practice of engineering in Massachusetts is in the best interest of the public.

As noted in the final decision and order, the Board determined that Greendale violated

Board regulations by signing and placing his engineering seal on a Certificate of Structural Integrity for a dwelling constructed in Southborough, in which he certified to work that he had not performed and rendered opinions that he did not hold and for which he lacked the requisite factual foundation, without closely examining what the instrument was or what it said.

Thomas D. Terranova, Lynnfield:

The Board has issued a formal reprimand against Terranova's license to practice as a professional civil engineer. Terranova has also agreed to cease and desist from the practice of land surveying in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Furthermore, Terranova has agreed to file a corrective plan which has been recorded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Deeds, and shall also have a marginal note affixed to the old plan referring to the corrective plan within 60 days of the effective date of the consent agreement. Terranova will forward copies of the corrective plan to the complainant in this matter within 60 days of the effective date of the consent agreement.

Terranova admitted that on or about Oct. 30, 2007, he prepared and stamped a certified plot plan of the property located at the corner of Payson Street and East Mountain Avenue in Revere. He also acknowledged that the Board had never issued to him a license to practice as a professional land surveyor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

James N. Gibson, Hartford, Conn.:

The Board placed Gibson's engineering license on probation for a period of three months, as well as imposed a formal reprimand on his license. Gibson entered into an agreement that resolved allegations that he did not respond to a continuing education credit audit by the New Hampshire Board of Professional Engineers.

Stanton Bigelow, Beverly:

The Board placed Bigelow's license to practice as a civil engineer on probation for two years. The Board and Bigelow entered into a consent agreement whereby Bigelow admitted that he failed to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of his professional duties and that he engaged in unprofessional conduct. Specifically, Bigelow admitted that he failed to repay timely a $6,000 deposit to a client.

Jeffrey D. Youngquist, Sandwich:

Youngquist agreed to a one-year suspension and two-year probation of his license to practice as a professional land surveyor in order to resolve allegations that he erroneously depicted boundary lines on a land survey and made an inappropriate certification on a survey that was recorded at the Registry of Deeds.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at http://license.reg.state.ma.us/loca/locaprof.asp to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Patrick-Murray Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 32 boards of registration .