2007 August Minutes

Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 29, 2007

In attendance: Donata Delulio, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, Lora Merrill, and Joseph Presslitz.
Absent: William Cheng

Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 9:06 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to appoint Donata Delulio, Debra Chamberlain, Lora Merrill, Joseph Presslitz, and John Vincent to the Candidate Screening Committee to interview the Ledyard mayoral candidates.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Member Services Committee consider having one membership meeting in the north and one in the south in 2008 and to add Legislative Update as an agenda item.

It was moved, seconded and carried to re-publicize participation in the Local Political Contact Network program

It was moved, seconded and carried to develop a written political action communication plan at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.
The next meeting will be on September 26, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
August 23, 2007

 

In attendance: John Vincent, Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Ruth Butler, Bruce Brast, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Linda Davis, Alvin Kinsall, Marilyn Lusher,Adam Mancini, Rachael Sposato, Samantha Storey, Gail Whitney, and Janifer Zacharski.
Absent: Carol Christiansen and Robert Kimball.

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 10:38 A.M.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which contained the following items:

Approval of the minutes of the July 19, 2007 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the July, 2007 Financial Statements subject to audit.

CORRESPONDENCE:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Richard Loomis with regret.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Lora Merrill as a Director with her term expiring on December 31, 2007.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
FINANCE COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the 2008 budget as presented.
NEW BUSINESS:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:57 A.M.
The next scheduled meeting will be on September 20, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: John Vincent, President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
August 23, 2007

In attendance: John Vincent, Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Ruth Butler, Bruce Brast, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Linda Davis, Alvin Kinsall, Marilyn Lusher,Adam Mancini, Rachael Sposato, Samantha Storey, Gail Whitney, and Janifer Zacharski.
Absent: Carol Christiansen and Robert Kimball.

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Richard Loomis with regret.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Lora Merrill as a Director with her term expiring on December 31, 2007.

It was moved, seconded and carried to remove Correspondence from the Consent Agenda.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which included:

Approval the minutes of the July 19, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the July, 2007 Financial Statements subject to audit.

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agency, REALTOR® members and Affiliate members.

It was moved, seconded and carried to refer the matter of promoting a text change to the Groton Zoning Bylaws to allow open house signs to the Political Action Committee.

It was moved, seconded and carried to refer the feasibility of reestablishing a production award to the MLS and Technology Committee.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to establish a policy that requires brokers or managers to be responsible for informing ECAR staff about agent illnesses or immediate family deaths that would include notification as to whether the affected member would want the membership informed through the ECAR Update.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

It was moved, seconded and carried to adopt the anonymous ethics complaint policy as presented.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to amend the Capitalization Cutoff Points section of the Financial Policies as follows:

The Association shall expense assets in the period purchased if these assets cost $250 $500 or less individually.

Assets costing in excess of $250 $500 individually will be capitalized and depreciated in accordance with the Association’s depreciation policies.

Repairs and improvements to real property and leasehold improvements will be capitalized if they cost in excess of $1,000 individually.

It was moved, seconded and carried to amend the Personnel Policy Manual by deleting:

Pension Plan: All full time employees are eligible for the Association’s Pension Plan provided they are twentyone (21) years of age or older and have been employed by the Association for at least three years. The Association contributes a certain percentage of employees’ annual salary to the pension plan. Full details will be provided by the Executive Vice President.

and adding

Retirement: All employees who work 1,000 hours or more per year are eligible for the Association’s Retirement Plan provided they are twenty-one (21) years of age or older and have been employed by the Association for at least one year. The Association will match up to a certain percentage of the eligible employees’ annual salary. Full details will be provided by the Executive Vice President.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
FINANCE COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried approve the 2008 budget as presented.
NEW BUSINESS:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:29 A.M.
The next meeting will be on September 20, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: John Vincent, President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
August 21, 200
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In attendance: Frank Busch, Thomas Sheldon, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts, and Alan Messier.
Absent: Andrew Cellemme, Toby Griffis, Stuart Norman, and Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 17, 2007 meeting.

It was agreed to review the following replacement for paragraph 17E of the Purchase & Sale Agreement at the next meeting:

E. ON-SITE SEWAGE SYSTEM CLAUSE – (See remedy clause below)

This Agreement is contingent upon a licensed sewage company performing an on-site sewage evaluation by ____________________ (completion date) and providing a report to the Buyer.

1. The ________________ shall select the licensed sewage company.
2. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of digging, exposing the sewage system cover and refilling the excavation for pumping and inspecting the system.
3. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of pumping the on-site sewage system.
4. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of the inspection of the on-site sewage system.

If the inspection report is unsatisfactory to the Buyer, the Buyer will provide written notice per the Remedy Clause.

The committee agreed to review new CTMLS report formats developed and provided by Lucien Laliberty prior to the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 11:37 am.
The next meeting will be September 18, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 13, 2007

In attendance: Thomas Switz, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Linda Davis, Robert Kimball, Alvin Kinsall, and John Vincent.
Absent: Norm Krayem, Adam Mancini, and Licia Sas.

Tom Switz called the meeting to order at 9:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the July 31, 2007 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the July 31, 2007 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the July 31, 2007 ECRIS Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECAR Board of Directors approve the attached 2008 ECAR budget.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECAR Charitable & Education Fund Board of Directors approve the attached 2008 ECARCEF budget.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECRIS Board of Directors approve the attached 2008 ECRIS budget.

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 A.M.
The next meeting will on September 17, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President

ECAR 2008 Budget 

 


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
August 10, 2007

 

In attendance: Vivian Torregrossa, John Bolduc, Carol Christiansen, Sharon Craig, Dennis Palmer, and Lisa Royea.
Absent: Bruce Brast, Jerome King, Helen Madsen, Jon Peck, and Donna Yother.

Vivian Torregrossa called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the June 8, 2007 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to explore using Robert Wall of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund or Bob Chew of SolarWrights as possible membership meeting speakers on "green" issues.

The committee agreed to work on a "Now’s the time to buy" print campaign as well the 2008 meeting schedule at the next meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the President appoint a Chairman for a Sunshine Committee, that the Chairman appoint members to the committee that reflect the association’s geographic regions, and that the committee make a recommendation regarding privacy procedures that will be used by the committee to the Board of Directors.

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 A.M.
The next meeting will be on September 14, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
August 7, 2007

In attendance: Marilyn Lusher, John Bolduc, Carol Christiansen, Cynthia Hellman, Elizabeth Mioducki, Martha Parrette-Pray,and Samantha Storey
Absent: Lori Cataldi, Bethany Cote, Tisha Ladia, Catherine Newlin, Judy Rowley, Susan Sampson, Kathryn Schargus, and Donna Yother.

Chairman Marilyn Lusher called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2007 meeting as amended.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the following grants, subject to $14,210 being raised at the Community Benefit Raffle and Bazaar:

 

Organization

2007 Grant Amount

Alliance For Living

$750.00

Bathsiada Community, Inc.

$250.00

CareNet

$500.00

Child & Family Agency

$750.00

Community Prevention & Addiction Services

$310.00

Connecticut Community Care, Inc.

$500.00

Covenant Shelter of New London

$500.00

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10

$500.00

Drop-In Learning Center

$500.00

Friends of Assisi Food Pantry

$800.00

Madonna Place

$1,250.00

MALTA

$500.00

Martin House

$500.00

MASH

$500.00

New London Area Food Pantry

$500.00

Norwich Rotary Club Mahan Coat Fund

$750.00

Riverfront Children’s Center

$550.00

St. Vincent de Paul Place

$500.00

Southeastern Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence

$300.00

Thames Valley Council for Community Action

$500.00

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

$500.00

United Community & Family Services

$500.00

Waterford Country School

$750.00

Waterford Youth Services Bureau

$500.00

Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut

$750.00

 TOTAL

$14,210.00

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:10 P.M.
The next meeting will be on September 4, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 7, 2007

In attendance: Paul Higgins, John Bolduc, Ronald Bates, Frank Busch, Marvin Elbaum, Eric Greenstein, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts, Thomas Sheldon, and Daniel Sperduto.
Absent: Adam Mancini, Pamela Ognisty, Lisa Rapose, and Fran Waite.

Paul Higgins called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2007 meeting.

 

It was moved, seconded and carried to have Beth Henry determine whether the following locations will allow Home Review to be distributed from their stores:

Vanilla Bean Café, Pomfret
Stop & Shop, Putnam
Price Chopper, Putnam
Gus’ Pub, Plainfield
Sweet Evalinas, Woodstock
Cozy Corner, Brooklyn
Townline Pizza, Plainfield
Pizza Pizzaz, Danielson
Big Y, Danielson
Stop & Shop, Dayville
Big Y, Plainfield
Walmart, Putnam

It was moved, seconded and carried develop a web site mission statement at the September meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 A.M.
The next meeting will be held on September 4, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
August 2, 2007

In attendance: Nancy Gordon, Fran Waite, John Bolduc, Don Burbank, Anne Burtch, Joan Clark, Kip Davis, Heather Edge, Patricia Erricson, Brad Favreau, Marjorie Gatheral, Robert Kimball, Al Kinsall, Kathryn O’Leary, Doryann Plante, Candace Porter, Masha Robarts, Edward Siciliano, Camille Taylor.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Andrew Cellemme, Paul Ciccone, Randall Conradi, Christian Driscoll, Stephanie Gosselin, Nicholas Gumprecht, Evelynn Lyons, Joanne Pendleton, Ann Stewart, Charlene Stucke, Katherine Swenson, Robert Taylor, Valerie Ann Votto.

Nancy Gordon called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the June 7, 2007 meeting as amended.

It was moved, seconded and carried to pursue offering continuing education courses that focus on "going green".

It was moved, seconded and carried to charge a fee of $25 for the re-issuing of continuing education certificates.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 A.M.

The next Education Committee meeting will be on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 10:15 A.M. following the Membership Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Norwich, CT

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator