GHI Board of Directors Requests Member Comments on Three Proposals

Introduction

The GHI Board of Directors has requested member comments on three proposals before the Board. The proposals are briefly explained below with links to PDFs that contain more detailed discussions of each proposal. Member comments should be sent to the manager’s office at 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770 by paper or e-mailed to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop. The due dates for each proposal are different, and are provided in each of the summaries below.

Item 1: Catch-up Contributions Paid by Members at the Time their Additions are Enrolled in the Addition Maintenance Program

This request for comments concerns proposed catch-up contributions to be paid when a member enrolls their addition in the GHI Addition Maintenance Program. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by Monday, January 13, 2020. See above for where to send comments.

The Board proposes that with effect from March 1, 2020, members should pay catch-up contributions at the time that their additions are enrolled in the AMP, towards the future repairs of plumbing, electrical, and miscellaneous structural components, and that these rates would increase by 2.5% per year for every year after 2020 [emphasis added]. The AMP task force computed the catch-up contributions based on cost data obtained from an addition maintenance reserve study report that a consultant prepared in 2018.

The PDF containing the table of charges can be found at:

https://www.ghi.coop/content/table-catch-contributions-towards-future-repairs-plumbing-electrical-and-miscellaneous

Item 2: Proposed Revisions to Section X: Improvements and Alternatives to the GHI Member Handbook

While some of the proposed changes are to make the existing regulations clearer and more succinct, these proposed revisions do include substantive changes to existing regulations. Anyone considering adding an addition or other home improvement should read these proposed revisions carefully. Note that there are proposed changes to several of the definitions of terms used in Section X. Comments should be submitted by Friday, February 7, 2020.

The proposed revisions to Section X can be found in a PDF at:

https://www.ghi.coop/content/member-comments-requested-re-proposed-revisions-section-x-improvements-and-alterations-ghi

Item 3: Finance Committee’s Recommendation to Install Doors on 47 Open Garages

This proposal would most directly affect members who currently rent open garages and members who want to rent a closed garage for parking. Comments should be submitted by Friday, February 7, 2020.

At present, there are 277 rental garages (excluding those owned by the Parkway Apartments) within our community. Forty-seven of those garages are open. GHI’s Board of Directors requests that members submit comments regarding the desirability of installing doors on all open garages, as the Finance Committee recently recommended.

To review the basis of the Finance Committee’s recommendation, read the PDF found at:

https://www.ghi.coop/content/member-comments-requested-re-finance-committee%E2%80%99s-recommendation-install-doors-47-open-rental

Member comments should be sent to the manager’s office at 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770 by paper or e-mailed to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop.

 

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)”