Notes from the August 16, 2018 GHI Board Meeting

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Note: The following is a summary of key issues discussed at the GHI Board Meeting on August 16, 2018. This summary is followed by a brief discussion of some of the other items on the agenda.

Key items discussed at the Board meeting included:

  • Review of the ARC’s Proposed “Forever Homes” Flyer;
  • Finance Committee’s Recommendations re: GHI’s Replacement Reserves Plan;
  • Board Consideration of the 2017-18 Audit Committee’ s Recommendation; and
  • Review of the Updated Strategic and 12-Month Action Plan Reports.

Review of the ARC’s Proposed “Forever Homes” Flyer

Lola Skolnik, Chair of the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) attended the meeting to discuss a new project to encourage members to view their homes as Forever Homes.  The idea behind the project is to encourage members to make changes to their homes that allow them to live in one home through changing life stages. To help publicize this effort, the committee developed a flyer asking members to share what they have done to their homes to accommodate their changing needs. Continue reading “Notes from the August 16, 2018 GHI Board Meeting”

Notes from GHI’s Aug 14th Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting

Note: The Long-Range Planning Committee is next scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building boardroom.

GHI’s Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) held its second meeting on Tuesday, August 14th.

Neron Adams-Escalera, Director of Member Services, gave a presentation on the listserv technology that some GHI committees are using for collaboration.

The committee then debated how to moderate posts by GHI members. Some committee members preferred to review comments before approving/rejecting them while others preferred unmoderated posting with the option to remove inappropriate (spam, malware, foul language, etc.) content. Neron noted that any approved post that was then deleted by moderators would still be archived.

The committee agreed to start with unmoderated posts then revisit the policy as-needed. As new requests to join the listserv are received, Neron will confirm GHI membership status before requests are approved. Continue reading “Notes from GHI’s Aug 14th Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting”

Notes from the August 2, 2018 GHI Board Meeting

Summary of Key Items Addressed at the GHI Board Meeting held on August 2, 2018

The Board approved the agenda, and the Board president briefly summarized matters handled in the Board’s executive session meetings.

During the comment period, a resident of the Parkway Apartments expressed concern about the amount of trash on the ground around the dumpsters outside the buildings. The resident asked that GHI 1) have staff check conditions every day, 2) send a letter to tenants reminding them to keep the trash collection areas tidy, and 3) ask the waste-hauling vendor to take greater care when collecting trash.

Joe Wiehagen, Director of the Homes Improvement Program (HIP), delivered a progress report and noted that work is mostly on-track despite the rain.

Board member Paul Kapfer reported on the first meeting of GHI’s new Long-Range Planning Committee and remarked that it will be important for the committee to have transparency and visibility. The LRPC wants more members to join the committee and will encourage member participation early in the process.
MH: For more information, read my notes about the LRPC’s meeting.

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Results of the Special Membership Meeting on August 6, 2018

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A Special Membership Meeting was held on August 6, 2018 to approve two motions related to frame crawlspaces and asbestos found in those crawlspaces.  It was noted by Secretary Ed James that 87 members were in attendance by 7:30pm, and there were most likely more who had signed in since that number was totaled.

The first motion was read by Vice President Stefan Brodd: “Motion #1 – Amendment of the motion passed on February 8, 2018: On behalf of the GHI Board of Directors, I move that the membership of Greenbelt Homes Inc. authorize Greenbelt Homes Inc. to enter into a contract with ACM Services, to remove all abandoned above-ground heating and hot water pipes including those that contain asbestos materials, existing vapor-barrier materials and batt-insulation, from the crawlspaces of 185 frame buildings, at the contractor’s base bid of $1,588,520, plus a 10% allowance for contingencies, for a total not to exceed $1,747,372.”

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Notes from GHI’s Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting

Note: The Long-Range Planning Committee is next scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building boardroom.

GHI’s new Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) held its first meeting on Tuesday, July 31st.

LRPC members introduced themselves with brief remarks about GHI and why they want to serve on the committee. These notes are arranged in order of presentation: Continue reading “Notes from GHI’s Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting”

Don’t Miss Tuesday’s GHI Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting

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Updated with list of committee members.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the kick-off meeting for GHI’s new Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC).

July 31 (Tuesday) @ 7 p.m.
GHI Administration Building Board Room
1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770

(!) Why it matters This meeting will discuss the committee’s charter, processes, and more. The Board and LRPC will work very closely together — four current Board members are on the committee — to identify opportunities and challenges then plan for action. Everything members care about (forested spaces, co-op revenue, frame and masonry home maintenance, etc.) could be part of the committee’s focus so its work is worth your time and sustained attention. Continue reading “Don’t Miss Tuesday’s GHI Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting”