Save The Date (April 23, 2019): Public Workshop on Widening I-495 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

What?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) are holding Public Workshops at Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the widening of I-495 and I-270.

When?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, first session starts at 6:30 PM, second session starts at 8:30 PM.

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Work Session Between GHI Board of Directors and Prince George’s County Council Members

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Work Session Attendees and Purpose of the Work Session

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the GHI Board of Directors hosted a work session with the Honorable Todd Turner, Chair, Prince George’s County Council and our District 4 Representative, the Honorable Mel Franklin, At-Large County Council Member, and the Honorable Calvin Hawkins, At-large County Council Member.  Greenbelt City Council Member Colin Byrd and City of Greenbelt Department of Community and Planning Director Terry Hruby attended the work session.  Two members of the GHI Audit Committee and several GHI members also attended.  The purpose of the work session was to introduce GHI to these County Council Members and to discuss issues of mutual interest.

GHI Board President Steve Skolnik used this meeting to share information with the County Council Members about GHI, to provide a brief history of GHI, and to provide an overview of the GHI Homes Improvements Program (HIP).  In discussing HIP, he emphasized that the $25 million dollar project would not require GHI to obtain loans as GHI’s replacement reserves program has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the project.

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Request for Comments

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GHI management has asked members for comments before a vote on a new records retention policy.

It’s not a super exciting topic! I don’t usually care about these sorts of “GHI-wonk” matters because I figure that people who know more than I do will take care of it. But, recently, I’ve been noticing that the decisions that get made by the co-op aren’t ones that speak to me of shared, cooperative housing values, and that is a trend that I want to see reversed. So, here are my comments on the records retention policy. What are yours? Continue reading “Request for Comments”

Comment by March 29, 2019: Protect GHI’s Institutional Knowledge

Please take a moment to read and submit your comments on the draft record retention policy to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop by March 29, 2019. What follows below are vital points for your consideration that were raised in conversation with a thoughtful, well-informed GHI neighbor.

Why this Matters?

The GHI Board of Directors is considering a draft policy that identifies routine categories of records generated in the course of routine business. However, there remains a number of records that have not been evaluated and categorized — unless the Board takes action through the policy, these records may be destroyed after five years without first being evaluated for their importance to the co-op’s institutional knowledge. Continue reading “Comment by March 29, 2019: Protect GHI’s Institutional Knowledge”

Know Before You Go: 10 Tips for Making the Most of GHI’s Annual Membership Meeting (May 9, 2019)

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If you love policy, process, debate, people-watching, and Robert’s Rules of Order, May 9, 2019 will be the most interesting date on GHI’s calendar.

The Annual Membership Meeting is more than a bylaws requirement — it is perhaps our best opportunity to participate in direct democracy because you vote on matters that determine how our cooperative will be governed.

You also decide who will conduct GHI’s business … and who will provide the necessary oversight. The Annual Meeting is a big deal.

However, there are some aspects of the meeting that might quash your love for all things governance if you aren’t prepared. Here are some “lessons learned” gleaned from members with years of Annual Meeting experience (and great stories). Continue reading “Know Before You Go: 10 Tips for Making the Most of GHI’s Annual Membership Meeting (May 9, 2019)”

Save the Date (May 9, 2019): GHI Annual Membership Meeting

What?
Mark your calendars! GHI’s 2019 Annual Membership Meeting is almost here!

When?
Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Time?
Check-in @ 7 p.m. Meeting @ 7:30 p.m.

Where?
Greenbelt Community Center Gym
15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Why?
Use your vote to decide important motions and select which of your neighbors will serve on the Board of Directions, Audit Committee, and Nominations + Elections Committee.

How?
Crowd-source babysitting ∗ Book the pet sitter ∗ Eat an early dinner ∗ Pack a seat cushion (or two) ∗ Share a ride or take a stroll ∗ Just be sure to go!

Members’ Guide to House Numbers

Last year, our doors were replaced during HIP– and with the original doors, away went the historic, gold-on-glass numbers for our unit!  Those original numbers were both elegant and unobtrusive, and I decided to re-apply gold numbers on our doors. It’s not hard or expensive to do– and so much nicer than vinyl stick on numbers.

Before giving instructions for how to apply gold letters on glass, let’s examine the requirements for house numbers in general.  House numbers are a practical matter– most importantly, emergency service workers need numbers to find your house. Universal building code includes them, and individual municipalities regulate them.  (The GHI member handbook does not have any rules about house numbers.) According to building code, you must have house numbers on the side of your house that faces the street, and also on any side of your house that faces a fire road, alley or access lane.  House numbers should be 4-6 inches high, and should visually contrast with the surface on which they are mounted.  And, lastly, numbers should be clearly visible from the street– not hidden by overgrown shrubbery. (https://www.nachi.org/house-numbers.htm) Continue reading “Members’ Guide to House Numbers”