Member Comments Requested Regarding Minimum Yard Standards

During the September 3, 2020 GHI Board of Directors meeting, the Board proposed revisions to the minimum yard standards as written in Section III. Minimum Use and Maintenance Standards – Home and Yards B. Exterior. The proposed revisions can be seen here. This includes standards for outdoor storage of wood and building materials.

-Section III.B addresses the maintenance of unit exteriors, including fences and yards.
-Subsection B.10 has been removed and Subsections B.11-B.20 have been renumbered.
-Subsection B.10 addressed yard areas, specifically trash, debris, and noxious plants, such as poison ivy.
-The new section B.13 addresses English ivy and other creeping vegetation. A final sentence has been added, “Yard areas shall be free of noxious plants, such as poison ivy.”
-The new Subsection B.19 is a rewrite and reformatting of the old B.10.
-Subsection B.19 begins with the broader statement that exterior areas must be maintained in safe and orderly condition. This statement is broken down in further Subsections a-f. Members should review all of B.19 carefully.

The Board has requested member input regarding the proposed changes. Comments are due to the manager’s office by Thursday, October 8, 2020. You can submit your comments through email or postal mail to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop or Manager’s Office, GHI, 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

Sign up for alerts when new articles are released, and check back at MembersUnited.net for more updates on the proposed changes.

Board Meeting, August 6, 2020: Member’s Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Meetings to Be Made Available to Members

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On August 6, 2020, the GHI Board of Directors returned to their discussion of the member’s request that audiovisual recordings of meetings be made available to members.  This was originally placed on the agenda for the July 9, 2020 meeting (read more here).  The decision of the Board was that the General Manager would request a legal opinion from GHI legal counsel.  This discussion was brought back to the Board after the legal opinion was obtained. Continue reading “Board Meeting, August 6, 2020: Member’s Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Meetings to Be Made Available to Members”

Opinion: My Thoughts on Attending a Virtual Board Meeting

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I attended the virtual Board of Directors meeting on July 9, 2020.  Since the stay-at-home order in March, the GHI Board of Directors has been holding their twice monthly meetings via Zoom.  As with in-person meetings, all GHI members are invited to attend the Open Session meetings.  I have attended in-person meetings in the past, but this was my first virtual meeting. I’ve compiled a list of positives from my experience and some suggestions I think would improve the meetings. Continue reading “Opinion: My Thoughts on Attending a Virtual Board Meeting”

Request for Audiovisual Recordings to Be Made Available to Members

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At the July 9, 2020 GHI Board of Directors meeting, the request for audiovisual recordings of Board meetings to be made available to members was discussed.  Currently, the virtual Zoom meetings are recorded but deleted after the minutes are taken.  This is also the same practice for the audio recordings of in-person Board meetings, which is done at the advice of GHI legal counsel.

After a brief discussion and some questions, it was proposed that General Manager Eldon Ralph discuss this further with GHI legal counsel as a first step.  The proposal passed, and the General Manager will move forward with this discussion.

Members United has explored this topic in the past with a member survey.  Click here to read the results and here to watch the live stream results.  Check back on MembersUnited.net for further updates on this topic.

This Week’s Board Meeting: Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Board Meetings to be Made Available to Members

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Of note for the July 9, 2020 Board of Directors meeting is an agenda item previously explored by Members United: that audiovisual recordings of the Board of Directors meetings be made available to members.  Since the stay-at-home order began in March, Board meetings have become virtual; Zoom meetings have been made available for Board members and GHI members alike.  The quick action to do this by GHI allowed our cooperative and Board to remain up and running, while providing members with a virtual platform to be involved while staying in their homes. Continue reading “This Week’s Board Meeting: Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Board Meetings to be Made Available to Members”

Thinking About Running in the 2020 GHI Election?

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The GHI Nominations and Elections Committee is still accepting candidates for the 2020 GHI Elections.  Members can run for Board of Directors, Audit Committee, or Nominations and Elections Committee.  The following positions are available:

  • Board of Directors: 4 positions with 2 current candidates (as of 4/13/2020)
  • Audit Committee: 3 positions with 3 current candidates (as of 4/13/2020)
  • Nominations and Elections Committee: 5 positions with 4 current candidates (as of 4/13/2020)

The May 14, 2020 Annual Meeting has been postponed; this means that the deadlines for candidacy applications have also been postponed.  Applications will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the Annual Meeting (rescheduled date TBD).  See the GHI website for more information and to get the candidate’s packet: https://www.ghi.coop/content/ghi-elections.

Attend Thursday, April 16th Board Meeting Virtually

As Covid-19 continues to to change how we do things, the GHI Board of Directors is no exception.  GHI’s operations continue despite the pandemic, so the Board of Directors has provided members with the opportunity to attend the GHI Board meeting by joining a Zoom meeting. The information you require to join the meeting is provided in the electronic GHI Newsletter that subscribed members should have received in their email on Monday, April 13, 2020. For members who are not subscribed to the e-News newsletter, call Member Services for the information. Be sure that you are given the Zoom meeting number and the meeting password.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Buildings Committee Recommendation re: Regulation of Pest Control Noise Emitting Devices,
  • Sustainability Sub-Committee Recommendation re: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Adjacent to the Administration Building,
  • Proposed Asbestos Operating and Management Plan for GHI,
  • Update re: Solar PVES for the Administration Building,
  • Postponement of the Annual Membership Meeting Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and
  • Should GHI Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), enacted as part of the CARES Act?

 

 

In This Time of Covid-19

In this time of Covid-19, a female comedian sheltering-in-place in NYC admits that she has become infatuated and obsessed with Governor Cuomo, and eagerly awaits his daily news conferences.  A tv co-host shares her virtual social life these days, recounting cocktail parties, movie-watching parties, and virtual celebrations of key life events. My friends recount how much they are enjoying Facetime and Zoom with their grandchildren and other loved ones. Even my canceled SAGE exercise classes have been reborn on Zoom much to my delight. Although I could have done without the experience of being Zoom bombed.

For those who have not heard of the practice of Zoom bombing, it’s when uninvited people decide to crash your Zoom meeting and download pornographic and/or racist images and/or make sexual or racist comments. In the case of my Yoga class, we got hit with all of the above during our closing meditation! Before you give up on Zoom, there are things the host can do to prevent this from happening.  

Continue reading “In This Time of Covid-19”

GHI Board to Hold Meeting via Conference Call

GHI has announced on their Facebook page that tonight’s Board of Directors Meeting (March 19, 2020) will be held via conference call.  Read the post below for more information (Credit: Greenbelt Homes Facebook page).

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Link for conference call: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/536171877

Credit: Greenbelt Homes Facebook page

It’s That Time of Year Again

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It’s that time of year again: The GHI Annual Meeting is just around the corner.  On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:30pm, the Annual Meeting will commence.  Elections for the GHI Board of Directors and Audit Committee will take place during the annual meeting, as well as the presentation of member agenda items.  Here are some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars:

  • Tuesday, March 10: The Nominations and Elections (N&E) Committee makes their first announcement of candidates
  • Thursday, April 9: Members may propose an agenda item by petition to Secretary Ed James or GHI office
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm: Candidates’ Forum in the City Council Room, Greenbelt Municipal Building
  • Thursday, April 30 by 5:00pm: Candidates must submit consent forms (found here) to GHI office or N&E Committee member
  • Thursday, May 5: Final deadline for candidates to submit nominations by written petition
  • Thursday, May 7 at 12:00pm – Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm: Members may pick up applications for absentee ballots at GHI office
  • Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm: Deadline to submit applications for absentee ballots
  • Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm: GHI Annual Meeting at the Community Center Gym; read about Roberts’ Rules of Order here.
  • Thursday, May 14 after meeting and Friday, May 15 from 7:00-10:00am & 5:00-8:00pm: Polls open
  • Friday, May 15: Election results announced

For complete information, see the GHI Elections page and the Candidates’ Packet.