2007 September Minutes

Minutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 21, 2007

In attendance: Licia Sas, John Bolduc, Eric Greenstein, Peter Guille, Richard Mancini, Jon Peck, John Vincent, and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Glenn Parker.

Licia Sas called the meeting to order at 10:02 A.M.

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

The Task Force met with Lyn Smith of CME Architecture, Inc. to review the preliminary building plans

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.

The next meeting will be on September 27, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
September 20, 2007

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

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 10:34 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 August 23, 2007 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

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

CORRESPONDENCE:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: I
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NEW BUSINESS:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:42 A.M.
The next scheduled meeting will be on October 18, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 20, 2007

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

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

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

Approval the minutes of the August 23, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

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

Approval of the new REALTOR® members and Affiliate members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to terminate the membership of Designated REALTORS® on October 15, 2007 who have not paid non-member licensee assessments that were billed on August 15, 2007.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FORMS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the following replacement for paragraph 17E of the Purchase & Sale Agreement with publication to occur after the Forms Committee has completed it review of the entire Purchase & Sale Agreement:

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

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

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the consolidated audit for the year ending December 31, 2006 performed by Legg & Monroe.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the membership elect the 2008 – 2010 slate of Officers and Directors recommended by the Nominating Committee.

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to amend the anonymous complaint procedure as follows with strikethroughs being deleted and underlines being added.

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS
1. Three Mmembers of the Subcommittee are will be appointed by the Grievance Chair, for a one-year term for each complaint filed.
2. Members of the Subcommittee must sign an agreement not to file any anonymous complaints for the year they are on the Subcommittee.
32. When an anonymous complaint is received, the Grievance Chair assigns it to three impartial members of the Subcommittee. These Subcommittee members have the ability to investigate a complaint before making their decision. and are given authority to act for the Grievance Committee. In order to send a complaint to hearing "you must be able to touch it, hear it and see it."
43. Options for the Subcommittee are:
a. dismiss the complaint as unworthy of further consideration
b. notify the respondent of the complaint and give an opportunity to correct; or
c. refer the complaint to the Association Executive Committee for hearing. If the Subcommittee, on behalf of the full Grievance Committee. , refers the matter for hearing, tThe Grievance Committee shall be the complainant and one of the members of the Subcommittee shall represent the Grievance Committee at the hearing.

NEW BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Susan Barnhouser, Bruce Brast, and Marilyn Lusher left the room.

It was moved, seconded and carried to enter into Executive Session at 10:23 A.M. for the purpose of considering a Professional Standards Ethics Hearing Panel decision.

It was moved, seconded and carried to leave Executive Session at 10:27 A.M.

Susan Barnhouser and Bruce Brast returned to the room.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M.

The next meeting will be on October 18, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 18, 2007

In attendance: Frank Busch, John Bolduc, Toby Griffis, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts, and Alan Messier.
Absent: Andrew Cellemme, Stuart Norman, Thomas Sheldon, 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 August 21, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the following replacement for paragraph 17E of the Purchase & Sale Agreement with publication to occur after the committee has completed it review of the entire Purchase & Sale Agreement:

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

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

1. The ________________ shall select the qualified sewage inspector.
2. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of digging, exposing the on-site sewage system cover and refilling the excavation.
3. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of pumping the on-site sewage system.
4. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of inspecting 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 continue the review of the survey comments regarding forms and to consider the revision of the remedy clause which currently reads as follows:

18. REMEDY CLAUSE FOR INSPECTION(S) FOR A-H ABOVE – If an inspection/test indicates fault, defect, or damage according to the criteria identified in each inspection clause, then the Buyer shall give the Seller and/or Seller’s Broker(s) written notice within five (5) days of the completion date unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. The written notice shall clearly state the reason(s) that the inspection/test is unacceptable and shall include a copy of the inspection/test report. Failure of Buyer to provide written notice of an unacceptable inspection/test shall void any right of Buyer to terminate this Agreement. If Buyer provides written notice of such an unacceptable inspection/test, the Seller shall have five (5) days to inform Buyer that they are unwilling or unable to correct the unacceptable condition(s) at Seller expense. If the Seller fails to respond or Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s), the Buyer shall have the option to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the Seller and/or Seller’s Broker, in which case, all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer.

The meeting adjourned at 11:03 A.M.

The next meeting will be October 16, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 17, 2007

In attendance: Bruce Brast, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Merry Cassabria, William Cheng, Sal Costanza,
and Vanessa Evans.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Donald Burbank, and David Ronick.

Bruce Brast called the meeting to order at 11:07 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 add an international page to the public side of the web site.

Merry Cassabria agreed to do an International minute at the October membership meeting.

Bruce Brast agreed to represent ECAR at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s International Council.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:36 A.M.

The next meeting will be October 15, 2007 at 11:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 17, 2007

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

Tom Switz called the meeting to order at 10:03 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECAR and ECRIS Boards of Directors accept the consolidated audit for the year ending December 31, 2006 performed by Legg & Monroe.

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

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

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

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 A.M.
The next meeting will on October 15, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 14, 2007

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

Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the August 10, 2007 minutes.

It was agreed to expend up to $3,000 to conduct a "Now’s A Great Time To Buy" campaign using quarter page ads in The Day and the Norwich Bulletin.

It was agreed to hold 2008 membership meetings as breakfasts at the Holiday Inn in Norwich on the second Thursday of the month in February though June and September through November (with exceptions for holidays and the presence of the President and EVP).

It was agreed to request meeting idea topics from the membership using the ECAR Update.

The meeting adjourned at 11:14 A.M.

The next meeting will be on October 12, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 14, 2007

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

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:17 A.M.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to apply for an NAR State & Local Initiative Fund Grant for $4,000 to conduct a media campaign that would promote the desirability of creating workforce housing in communities and to promote the Home From Work program. The program would be conducted in cooperation with SECHA and our Government Affairs Director.

It was moved, seconded and carried to explore the creation of a tax title property program with Norwich first and then New London if Norwich is not interested.

The meeting adjourned at 9:58 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 12, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 6, 2007

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

Nancy Gordon called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 2, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to promote the trade show as often as possible via email.

It was moved, seconded and carried to table the January – May monitor selection till October’s meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to submit "Preparing the Buyer & Seller" for approval to the Real Estate Commission.

The meeting adjourned at 10:35 A.M.
Next Meeting: October 4, 2007

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary,Education Coordinator


Minutes of the Affiliate Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 5, 2007

In attendance: Jon Peck, Chris Albanese, John Bolduc, Kip Davis, Susan Napiany, Dennis Palmer, Martha Parrette-Pray, Donna Yother, and Richard Zesk.
Absent: Michael Anderson, Donald Burbank, Lori Cataldi, Michael Hodge, and Alan Messier,

Jon Peck called the meeting to order at 9:15 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the May 2, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to invite the Affiliates who submitted a topic to write a 500 word article on their submitted topic for publication in the ECAR REALTOR® News with publication to be on a first submitted, first published basis.

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct a foreclosure and short sale "Lunch & Learn" Seminar at the Comfort Suites or the Holiday Inn on November 7, 2007 from Noon to 1:30 P.M. and charge $10.00.

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct a general Affiliate member meeting during the first quarter of 2008.

It was agreed to discuss the scheduling of Home Buyer seminars at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 23, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. in John Bolduc’s office.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
September 4, 2007

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

Chairman Marilyn Lusher called the meeting to order at 1:10 P.M.

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

The committee agreed to finalize the list of raffle prizes by 5 P.M. on September 5, 2007. To date, the following prizes are confirmed:

MERCHANDISE

DONOR

Digital Labs 7” Portable DVD Player Model # K715

Diana Avery

Laptop Computer

ECAR Charitable & Education Fund

15” Sylvania LCD TV Model #LC155SL8

Marilyn Lusher, RE/Max Home Team

Sony Digital Camera & Case Model #DSC-S650

Marilyn Lusher, RE/Max Home Team

Gift Certificate for a chartered fishing trip service for a day (6 hours) for 6 on Long Island Sound on the

Honky Dory II redeemable with Leo Chomen

Leo Chomen, Coldwell Banker

 

Gift Certificate to the Spa at Mystic

James Ryder II, Prime Mortgage

2 person adventure at the Mystic Aquarium

Ingrid Adolphson, Housemaster

Weekend for 2 at the National Inn on Block Island

Ingrid Adolphson, Housemaster

Cobra Navigation System

Model #GPSM2100

Randy Sturm

 It was moved, seconded and carried to send a letter and email to DRs and managers regarding sponsorship levels for the Community Benefit Raffle & Bazaar.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:45 P.M.
The next meeting will be on October 2, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 4, 2007

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

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

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

The committee continued to work on the MLXchange report formats prepared by Partner Properties and will email suggestions for improvement to the all members of the committee.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend to the Board of Directors that production awards not be re-established at this time. The vote was 6 in favor, 2 opposed and one abstention.

It was moved, seconded and carried to adopt the following web site mission statement.

To support the ECAR Strategic Plan mission statement.

The meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M.
The next meeting will be held on October 2, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President