October 2017 Chairperson’s Message
by Pam Magner
I woke up a few weeks ago and realized the sun isn’t even starting to rise once I have. While I love nearly everything about fall, I dislike the waning daylight hours. It is hard to believe we are already into the 4th quarter of 2017. I have listened to fellow members talk about what a busy year it has been already and I am encouraged about the future of our industry and our association!
Our annual golf tournament raised $3,500 for the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation. I’d like to thank the committee for all their hard work on this event. They added some extra fun on the course with challenges and prizes. We hope our golfers enjoyed the new activities and that you will encourage others to participate in future tournaments. It’s a great opportunity to golf even if you aren’t a golfer.
In September, we had an informative meeting about how to keep job sites safe from crime. If you weren’t able to attend, I’ll sum it up in a nutshell: we need to remove the opportunity to steal from our sites. There are many ways to do that, but locking things up is the first, most obvious step. Always be mindful of your surroundings and how and where you are storing things of value to you.
Our next meeting will be at the HBAL office where we will have lunch and hear from Jess Baker from GRNE Solutions. I’m looking forward to hearing about this cutting edge local business!
Enjoy the beauty of fall!
Modular Ramp Installed for Lincoln Couple
In 2001, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln was asked by an employee of the Building & Safety Department to help build a ramp for a fellow city employee. Because the need was temporary, it was decided the best approach was to purchase a light-weight modular aluminum ramp which could be assembled on site and, once the ramp was no longer needed, it could be removed and stored for future use. Since then, the ramp has been used numerous times by those in need and HBAL members are quick to volunteer the man hours required to make it happen.
Members of the Remodelers Council of Lincoln last installed the modular ramp system for a Lincoln couple in 2013. This ramp was lent to the couple, one of whom was confined to a wheelchair, on a temporary basis and allowed them to enjoy the outdoors. Click here to view more photos from the installation.
The Modular Ramp is currently available. If you, or someone you know is in need of a temporary ramp, please call the HBAL office at 402-423-4225.
Remodelers Council Receives BBB Integrity Award
The Remodelers Council of Lincoln received the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Integrity Award at an award ceremony at the Cornhusker Marriott on September 9, 2010. These awards focus on demonstrated ethical business practices with key stakeholders including customers, employees and community at large, rather than a company’s growth, profitability or popularity. The Integrity Award winners were chosen by an independent panel of business leaders and members of the academic community.
“The BBB Integrity Award Winners have shown that ethics and integrity are core values of their organization,” said Jim Hegarty, president and chief executive officer, of the Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa. “The 2010 BBB Integrity Award Winners join an elite group of organizations that realize dealing fairly and honestly with employees, customers and partners are central to profitability and growth.”
Contractor Information on LB968
LB968 was signed by Governor Heineman on April 6, 2006. The bill, in part, repeal the sales tax on remodeling and home repair labor. Brian Senkbeil attended the signing and was given the opportunity to thank the Governor and the Senators who helped see this bill through. Appreciation was also given to the HBAL and Remodelers Council members for their time and effort to help get the sales tax repealed.
Despite the repeal of sales tax on labor on remodeling labor, there are still several instances when sales tax should be applied. To learn more about this law, click here.