by Bo Jones, HBAL President
Time is sure flying by this summer. It seems like we are constantly trying to balance life and work, all while we are cramming in summertime activities like vacations, ball games and trips to the pool. Before we know it, the kids are back to school and we start the routine of homework and extracurricular activities once again. I hope you all are able to take some time this summer to relax and enjoy the sun!
On August 10 we will have our 6th Annual Hog Roast. Many thanks to the Kleinschmit Family for allowing us to hold this event on their property. We are excited to make this event free for our members as a way to say “Thank You” for your ongoing support of HBAL. The Bean Bag Toss Tournament is starting to fill and there are only a few spots remaining, so make sure you contact Andrea at the HBAL office to sign up your team of two. Another fun August event is the Remodelers Council Golf Tournament at Holmes Golf Course on August 24. This is a four-man scramble with a shotgun start. Throw in some fun side games and you have an entertaining day on the golf course, even if you’ve never swung a club!
There was an article in the newspaper a couple weeks ago reporting the mayor is including $650,000 in the second year of his new budget to replace lead water service lines to about 3,000 homes. When all homes are completed over 14 years, the total cost is expected to be $21 million. While the HBAL Board of Directors is supportive of replacing lead water service lines, we oppose using City funds for the replacement of any water service line on private property. If the replacement of lead water service lines is a mandate, then we would prefer the City use low or no-interest financing through the City if a property owner cannot pay for the replacement. A property with a lead water service line should not be treated differently than a property which needs the water service line replaced because of damage by tree roots or from being undersized. New construction also pays for the installation of water service lines, so everyone should be treated equally. If there’s concern about potential backflow from the lead water service line and the property owner refuses to replace the line, the City should install a backflow preventer at the tap and charge the property owner. The City Council will be voting on the mayor’s budget on August 8. I shared our position with the City Council on July 30, if you also feel strongly about this issue I would encourage you to reach out to City Council members to share your thoughts.
Looking ahead to September, mark your calendar to attend lunch on Thursday, September 13 at the HBAL office and bring a potential member! The centerfold of this issue is designed to “TEAR & SHARE!” It contains information about the lunch and other upcoming events, six reasons you should belong to HBAL, a list of contributions by the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation and a membership application.