2008 March Minutes

Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
March 27, 2008

In attendance: John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Dennis Palmer, Leslie Robbins, Vivian Torregrossa, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Sharon Craig, Jerome King, Jon Peck, and Lisa Royea.

Acting Chairman Carol Christiansen called the meeting to order at 9:11 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the February 28, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the "Sprucing Up" radio ad to be run in April.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Itema member benefit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to allow the Holiday Inn Director of Sales to speak briefly at the April 10 membership meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:46 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 24, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Professional Standards Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 20, 2008

In attendance: Richard Mancini, Alan Berman, Ruth Butler, Renee Cooper, Jeanne Fellows, Rachael Johnston, Joanne Kelley, Robert Kimball, Jane Lionelli, Susan L Robotham , Paul Smyth, Daniel Sperduto, Darla Sunny-Carmack, Effie Vinal, and Fran Wiehn.
Absent: Melinda Carlisle, Leo Chomen, Nancy Gordon, Pauline Iby, Mae Lyons, Janet McKenzie, Jenifer Roberts Philpot, and Nancy Thill.

Richard Mancini called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the current Committee Expectation.

The results of 2007 Professional Standards hearing for 2007 were reviewed.

Changes to the Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual were reviewed.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the concept of the NAR Dispute Resolution System but wait for revisions to the System by NAR before exploring its implementation.

Ruth Butler and Jane Lionelli volunteered to serve as Code of Ethics instructors for Orientation.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:10 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, RCE, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
March 20, 2008

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser , John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Paul Ciccone, Linda Davis, Cathy Duprey, Heather Edge, Marilyn Lusher, Samantha Storey, John Vincent, and Fran Waite.

Absent: Alvin Kinsall, Lora Merrill, and Vivian Torregrossa.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 10:01 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 February 21, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the February 29, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

CORRESPONDENCE:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Cindy Cassidy’s request to waive the $150 lost key fee.

It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Lincoln Mayo’s request to waive the $150 lost key fee.

It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Amy Carpenter’s request to waive the $150 lost key fee.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:21 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on April 17, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
March 20, 2008

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser , John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Paul Ciccone, Linda Davis, Cathy Duprey, Heather Edge, Marilyn Lusher, Samantha Storey, John Vincent, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Alvin Kinsall, Lora Merrill, and Vivian Torregrossa.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:01 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the February 21, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the February 29, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve Nancy Gordon as a member of the Professional Standards Committee with her term expiring at the end of 2009.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Cindy Cassidy’s request for waiver of the $50 dues payment late fee.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FACILITIES PLANNING TASK FORCE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve to require Seymour Adelman to absorb the cost of construction of a bypass lane sufficient to obtain site plan approval in order to proceed with the purchase of 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT.

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the LLE language translation services
member benefit.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:56 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 17, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Affiliate Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 19, 2008

In attendance: Jon Peck, John Bolduc, Donald Burbank, Kip Davis, Michael Hodge, Alan Messier, Deborah Ordille, Martha Parrette-Pray, Leslie Robbins, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Chris Albanese, Susan Napiany, Dennis Palmer, Valerie Votto, and Richard Zesk.

Jon Peck called the meeting to order at 10:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2008 meeting.

Michelle Gianni will be the speaker at the Probate Lunch & Learn Seminar on May 13, 2008 and Donald Burbank and Joseph DeLaurentis will be the speakers at the Environmental Issues Lunch & Learn Seminar on September 16.

The committee agreed to use the same format for the Affiliate Meeting on April 22 as the one used on March 9, 2005.

The committee agreed to conduct the Talent Show on September 25 at St. Bernards.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 18, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Association office.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 19, 2008

In attendance: Robert Kimball, John Bolduc, Donata Delulio, Kathleen Prater, and Joseph Presslitz.
Absent: Debra Chamberlain, Lora Merrill, Thomas Switz, John Vincent, and Paula Woodward.

Robert Kimball called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the February 27, 2008 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:39 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 23, 2008 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 18, 2008

In attendance: Frank Busch, John Bolduc, Andrew Cellemme, Paul Higgins, Lucien Laliberty, Alan Messier, and Masha Robarts.
Absent: Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:01 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 19, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to consider the following revision to the Remedy Clause at the next committee meeting:

18. REMEDY CLAUSES FOR INSPECTION(S) FOR 17 A-H: The Buyer shall have the right to either A. or B. below:

A. If an inspection/test is unacceptable to the Buyer according to the criteria identified in each inspection clause, then the Buyer shall request that the Seller complete certain repairs to correct the fault(s), defect(s), damage(s), or safety issue(s) in order to continue with the purchase by giving the Seller written notice within five (5) days of the completion date(s) 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 itemize the requested repairs and shall include a copy of the inspection/test report. If Buyer provides written notice, the Seller shall have five (5) days to respond in writing. If the Seller fails to respond to Buyer in writing within five (5) days or if Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s) in writing within five (5) days of Seller’s written response to Buyer, either party shall have the option to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other party, in which case all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer; or

B. If, for any reason, the Buyer is not satisfied with the results of an inspection/test, the Buyer may terminate this Agreement by giving the Seller written notice within 5 days of the completion date(s) 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. If Buyer fails to provide Seller with such notice, the parties shall be bound to perform their obligations under this Agreement. If the Buyer terminates this agreement as provided herein, all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer.

The meeting adjourned at 11:05 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 15, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 14, 2008

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, John Bolduc, Bradford Collins, Mary Nasi, and Judy Twitty
Absent: Jill Brennan, Philip Greene, Debra Gumbs, and Stella Neves-Elbaum.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:06 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2008 meeting.

The committee reviewed the PowerPoint presentation that covers the sale of city owned properties, Home From Work and HomeConnecticut proposals that will be presented to the Norwich City Council on March 17, 2008 at 6:30 P.M.

The committee reviewed the results of the Home From Work survey.

The committee agreed to post links to affordable housing related seminars on the Housing Opportunity page on the web site.

The meeting adjourned at 10:17 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 11, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
March 11, 2008

In attendance: Samantha Storey, Patrick Baxter, John Bolduc, Joan Casey, Carol Christiansen, Catherine Newlin, Marilyn Lusher, James Ryder, and Jacqueline Thurman.
Absent: Cheryl Auerbach, Tammy Boles-Senkewitcz, Joy Fichera, Ellen Foley, Lainie Holder, and Brooke Pickett.

Samantha Storey called the meeting to order at 1:07 P.M.

Committee members volunteered to contact restaurants provided on a list created by Samantha Storey.

Joan Casey, Marilyn Lusher, and Samantha Storey agreed to deliver the American Cancer Society daffodils between March 17 and 21.

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

The next meeting will be on April 8, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted:John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 11, 2008

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

Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 11:08 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Board of Directors require Seymour Adelman to absorb the cost of construction of a bypass lane sufficient to obtain site plan approval in order to proceed with the purchase of 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT

The meeting adjourned at 11:39 A.M.

The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee, Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 11, 2008

In attendance: Marvin Elbaum, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Eric Greenstein, Paul Higgins, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts, Daniel Sperduto, Sandra Thompson, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Frank Busch, Patricia Erricson, and Lisa Rapose.

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 9:11 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 5, 2008 meeting.

It was moved and seconded to continue the search for a web designer using NAR Midyear meeting vendors and other local vendors. The motion failed with four in favor and five opposed.

It was moved, seconded and carried to continue the search for a local web designer with suggestions to be provided to John Bolduc by committee members no later than March 25, 2008. The vote was seven in favor and two opposed.

The meeting adjourned at 10:54 A.M.
The next meeting will be on April 8, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 10, 2008

In attendance: Bruce Brast, Ron Bates, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Merry Cassabria, Tricia Cunningham, Donata Delulio, Lorelei Mitchell, Leann Souza, and Vivian Torregrossa.
Absent: Don Burbank, Thomas Cassabria, Deb Chamberlain, Bill Cheng, Sal Costanza, Vanessa Evans, Paula Hahn, Priscilla Shabarekh and Patricia Williams Kelley.

Bruce Brast called the meeting to order at 10:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2008 meeting.

The committee agreed to post the ECAR foreign language directory on both the public and members only side of the web site and to list the participants by language.

Bruce Brast appointed Vivian Torregrossa to head a subcommittee to examine how we can promote the Eastern Connecticut region internationally.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:48 A.M.

The next meeting will be on April 14, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
March 10, 2008

In attendance: Alvin Kinsall, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Robert Kimball, Patricia Rodgers-Longo, Thomas Switz, John Vincent and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Linda Davis and Norm Krayem.

Alvin Kinsall called the meeting to order at 9:01 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2008 meeting.

 

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Technology & MLS Committee develop procedures to ensure the profitability of Home Review Magazine.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the February 29, 2008 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the February 29, 2008 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the February 29, 2008 ECRIS Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 A.M.

The next meeting will on April 14, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President