Notes from GHI Work Session re: WSSC

Last Thursday (May 31), GHI’s Board of Directors held a work session to discuss WSSC’s proposal to move forward with the replacement of exterior water supply pipes for masonry units provided GHI takes on the responsibility for maintenance and future replacement of these pipes after thirty years.

The meeting began in 5 Court Eastway as the Board and attending members reviewed a WSSC pipe replacement project completed in 2008-2009. After the site tour, the group re-convened in the GHI boardroom to continue the meeting.

The open portion of the meeting allowed attending members to ask questions, provide information, and offer perspective on the proposal. GHI General Manager Eldon Ralph provided an overview of the matter along with a chronology of events leading up to the current proposal. Board members also commented.

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WSSC Proposal Would Shift Responsibility For Water Lines to GHI in 30 Years

Background

WSSC owns, and is currently responsible for the maintenance and replacement of water lines, including the lateral pipes up to and including individual water meters outside GHI masonry homes. GHI is responsible for the piping from the water meter into the homes. For the past ten years, WSSC has postponed plans to replace the aging water and sewer infrastructure for the masonry homes. The reason is WSSC would like to relocate the water meters to the curb and for GHI to take over the responsibility of the water lines from the curb up to the individual units. This would mean that GHI would be responsible for thousands of feet of buried pipe that WSSC currently maintains under a 1958 agreement. While WSSC has postponed the replacement of pipes, they continue to replace pipes as they fail. (The infrastructure for the frames homes was replaced in the 1980’s and has not reached the end of its useful life.)
In answer to a question raised at the January 25, 2015 Town Hall Meeting about the potential cost of this shift to GHI, GHI estimated that the cost to GHI members would be about $1.5 million.

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The International Co-Operative Alliance and the First Cooperative Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in an ongoing series by Kris White on the seven cooperative principles, adopted and revised by the International Cooperative Alliance. Be sure to check back over the coming weeks as Kris continues to expatiate upon these seven core principles and values. Feel free to join in the discussion below.

In 1895, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) was formed “to unite, represent, and serve co-operatives worldwide.” The ICA represents 308 cooperative federations and organizations across 107 countries (April 2018). The members of the Alliance are national level cooperative federations, individual cooperative organizations, and government offices concerned with cooperatives. The ICA defines a cooperative as an “autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”

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We Want to Hear From You!

Members United wants to hear from the members of GHI; what topics are you interested in?  We strive to create a co-op where members are actively involved and engaged. What issues do you feel are in need of discussion among Members United?  

Are you interested in ways to get members more involved in GHI decisions?  Do you want to learn more about the seven international cooperative principles?  Are you looking for additional means of participation in Board meetings? Let us know your thoughts for future Members United articles and discussions.

About Members United

What is Members United?

Members United is comprised of GHI members who envision a cooperative in which all members are united in their commitment to participatory governance and to incorporating the seven international cooperative principles.  Our mission is to promote responsive governance, member participation, member education, and communication between GHI members, employees, and the Board of Directors.

 

What is Responsive Governance?

Members United believes in leadership that responds thoughtfully and effectively to the needs and concerns of GHI members.  Members should feel that our leadership of GHI employees and Board members truly care about the concerns and needs of GHI members.  Members should have the means to voice their opinions to leadership that responds to and respects their opinions.

 

How can members be more involved?

Members United envisions a cooperative where members actively participate in the control of GHI.  Members United promotes democratic member control of the cooperative whereby the members are involved in decision-making.  We seek to provide education, training, and information to members about their role in GHI. Members United works toward the provision of mechanisms to encourage further communication between leadership and membership.

 

What are the Seven International Cooperative Principles?

Members United believes in the seven international cooperative principles established by the International Co-operative Alliance.  As adopted in 1995, the seven international cooperative principles are: (1) voluntary and open membership, (2) democratic member control, (3) member economic participation, (4) autonomy and independence, (5) education, training, and information, (6) co-operation among co-operatives, and (7) concern for community.  See https://ica.coop/en/whats-co-op/co-operative-identity-values-principles for more information.

 

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