June 2017 Chairperson’s Message
by Pam Magner
Is May really almost over? Summer is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I still have some Spring projects to get finished! Considering the less than ideal weather, we had a good turnout for the Tour of Remodeled Homes. Had I not been working, I’m not sure I would have ventured out that weekend! I’m glad others aren’t so easily discouraged.
We had a very informative meeting in May about Buildertrend’s software. If you were unable to make it to the meeting, you can contact the HBAL office to get their contact information. Whether you use Buildertrend or some other project management software, it is clear that technology can provide remodelers the tools needed using all-encompassing, user-friendly formats.
Our annual Remodelers Council picnic will be held at Briggs this year. Be sure to note that our meeting will be on MONDAY, June 12 rather than our usual Wednesday! Kohler will have a display truck present and their Choreograph shower wall demonstrations on site.
Finally, it’s not too early to start planning your team for the Annual Remodelers Council Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament is on August 25 at Holmes Lake Golf Course with a shotgun start at 10:00 am.
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.