May 2017 Chairperson’s Message
by Pam Magner
Spring has to be my favorite time of year. People start emerging from their homes like bears from their winter hibernation. While we didn’t have a harsh winter, it is always nice to see the temperatures rise, the flowers bloom and people spending time outdoors! Spring also seems to bring out everyone who has been waiting for winter to be over before starting a project. A very busy spring that flows right into summer is my wish for us all.
Last month we had three students from SCC-Milford speak to us about the Building Construction Technology Program. With the labor shortages in our industry, this program is invaluable to us. We learned that the number of graduates is far less than the number of available positions. If you want to differentiate your company, getting involved on the campus is a great way to start.
The Tour of Remodeled Homes has 19 entries this year. The Tour has always been my favorite event because it’s an opportunity to showcase your actual work. I hope it will be successful and worthwhile for all of our entrants. I’d also like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with the transportation of old and new signs.
Our next meeting will be at the HBAL office where we will hear a presentation about the software package Buildertrend. It assists building professionals with the pre-sale process, project management, financial tools and customer management. Come join us for lunch and a presentation on the number one software for builders and remodelers.
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 recently installed the modular ramp system for a Lincoln couple. This ramp will be lent to the couple, one of whom is confined to a wheelchair, on a temporary basis and will allow them to enjoy the outdoors. Click here to view more photos from the installation.
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.