2007 March Minutes

Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
March 29, 2007

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

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 1:03 P.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the February 15, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval the minutes of the February 15, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors Executive Session.

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

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FACILITIES PLANNING TASK FORCE: It was moved, seconded and unanimously carried to recommend that the membership approve the purchase of approximately 2.6 acres of land located at 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT for the purpose of constructing a building of approximately 7,500 square feet to become the headquarters and service center for ECAR at a cost not to exceed $300,000 for the land acquisition, testing, and architectural design.

NEW BUSINESS: It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Michael Sell’s request for a refund of dues.

It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Suzanne Cole’s request for a waiver of the $50 late fee for a non-member licensee assessment.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve waiving the $50 late fee for the payment of Daniel Houle’s Affiliate dues, provided that the dues are paid by April 16, 2007.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:33 P.M.

The next meeting will be on April 19, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary


Minutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 29, 2007

In attendance: Licia Sas, John Bolduc, Eric Greenstein, Peter Guille, Richard Mancini, Glenn Parker, Jon Peck, John Vincent, and Gail Whitney
Absent: none

Licia Sas called the meeting to order at 10:01 A.M.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECAR Board of Directors recommend that the membership approve the purchase of approximately 2.6 acres of land located at 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT for the purpose of constructing a building of approximately 7,500 square feet to become the headquarters and service center for ECAR at a cost not to exceed $300,000 for the land acquisition, testing, and architectural design.

The meeting adjourned at 10:50 A.M.
The next meeting will be scheduled by the chairman.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 28, 2007

In attendance: Donata Delulio, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, William Cheng, and Gary Duprey.
Absent: Richard Baker, Cindy Hightower, Joseph Presslitz, and Anne Schmidt.

Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the March 7, 2007 meeting.

The committee began drafting a letter to those state Senators and Representatives that did not attend REALTORS® at the Capitol.

The committee began drafting a letter that will be sent to Designated REALTORS® and managers requesting their support of RPAC.

It was agreed to meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. There will be no meeting in December.

The meeting adjourned at 10:22 A.M.
The next meeting will be on April 25, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
March 20, 2007

In attendance: Frank Busch, John Bolduc, Lucien Laliberty, Alan Messier, Masha Robarts, and Thomas Sheldon.
Absent: Andrew Cellemme, Toby Griffis, Stuart Norman, and Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:08 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to rescind the ZipForm motion approved at the last meeting due to the cost.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend to CTMLS that the field order on the data input forms match the field order on the listing input screen.

It was moved, seconded and carried to evaluate the 2006 Member Survey comments by placing each of them into one of the following three categories by form within each category and prioritize consideration of each form based on the results.
Regulatory
Clarification
Editorial

It was moved, seconded and carried to add John Vincent’s request to modify the Cash clause in the Purchase & Sale agreement as #83 of the 2006 Member Survey comments.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add revision of the Hubbard clause as #84 of the 2006 Member Survey comments.

The meeting adjourned at 10:58 A.M.

The next meeting will be April 17, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 12, 2007

In attendance: Bruce Brast, Ronald Bates, Lea Borgne, Donald Burbank, Merry Cassabria, Sal Costanza, Vanessa Evans, and David Ronick.
Absent: Suzanne Hand and Vivian Torregrossa.

Bruce Brast called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 12, 2007 meeting.

The committee spoke with John Wong about the Chinese and American Cultural Assistance Association and discussed ways we can work together.

The committee decided to explore having guest speakers at our meetings. Sal Costanza will contact Centro de la Communidad and Bruce Brast will speak to Jeanne Fellows who chairs the CAR International Committee.

The committee continued to plan the Newcomers Fair/Expo. Members were solicited to come up with an appropriate name for the event for the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 A.M.
The next meeting will at 10:00 A.M. on April 9, 2007.

Respectfully submitted: Bruce Brast, Chairman


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
March 9, 2007

In attendance: Vivian Torregrossa, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Carol Christiansen, Alicia Fernandes, Dennis Palmer, Jon Peck, Lisa Royea, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Jerome King, Helen Madsen, and Amy Swan.

Vice Chairman Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 10:04 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the February 9, 2007 minutes.

Vivian Torregrossa arrived and assumed the chair.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that Dan Price redraft the "Now’s A Great Time To Buy Or Sell A Home" radio ad by separating buying and selling copy.

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct a print advertising campaign for the "Now’s A Great Time To Buy Or Sell A Home" program using advertising in the tabs of The Day and the Norwich Bulletin as well as using inserts in the weekly Eastern Connecticut papers.

It was moved, seconded and carried to rescind the previous motion.

It was moved, seconded and carried to have Ronald Bates prepare a cost analysis for advertising in The Day, the Norwich Bulletin, and the weekly Eastern Connecticut papers for presentation at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:59 A.M.
The next meeting will be on April 13, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 9, 2007

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, John Bolduc, Joseph Grimmett, Helen Madsen, Peter Provost, and Lena Schrieve,.
Absent: Susan Barnhouser and John Read.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to resurvey the Affiliate lenders in order to update the Financing For Everyone! Page on the web site.

The meeting adjourned at 9:46 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 13, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 7, 2007

In attendance: Donata Delulio, John Bolduc, William Cheng, and Gary Duprey.
Absent: Debra Chamberlain, Richard Baker, Cindy Hightower, Joseph Presslitz, and Anne Schmidt.

Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the November 15, 2006 meeting.

It was agreed to approve the Committee Expectation as presented.

It was agreed to meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. There will be no meeting in December.

The meeting adjourned at 9:57 A.M.

The next meeting will be on March 28, 2007 at 9:00 S.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
March 6, 2007

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

Chairman Tisha Ladia called the meeting to order at 1:12 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 6, 2007 meeting.

It was agreed that ECAR would sponsor a team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life which will be held on June 9 and 10 at Waterford High School.

It was moved, seconded and carried to send the Big Box letter to Designated REALTORS®, managers, and committee members.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:38 P.M.

The next meeting will be on April 3, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 6, 2007

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

Paul Higgins called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend to the Board of Directors that they recommend that CTMLS allow reactivation of an expired listing within 7 days of expiration in order to avoid re-inputting of the listing, changing office marketing materials and preserving days on market accuracy.

Paul Higgins appointed Ronald Bates as Chairman of the new CTMLS Reports Sub-committee and also appointed Lisa Royea and Masha Robarts to the sub-committee.

It was also agreed to request that CTMLS
1. Enter the mill rates in the tax data program for those towns that are missing the mill rate.
2. Provide a short description of what each statistical report provides.
3. Make Description as the default value for Town on the Search page.

John Bolduc agreed to add an item to a future ECAR Update about the value of adding attachments to listings.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.
The next meeting will be held on April 3, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President