August 2018 Chairperson’s Message
by Rick Willet
I hope your summer is going well and you have made some time to get away. As I am writing this, I am in Kalispell, MT visiting my daughter and family. We usually make time to spend a couple weeks here in July or August so the weather is nice enough to do some work on their house. I am usually reminded the importance of service (or lack of) while I am here and the relationships we build with our suppliers for our business at home. No disrespect to Montana people, but things move at a much slower pace than I am used to. One time I needed to re-key the door locks for their house. I sent my wife to a “box store” to get this done, and she was told the one person who does that had gone home and would not be back for a few days. Another stop resulted in about the same response. We tried hardware stores as well, and I could not get anything accomplished until the next day. This year’s trip, I have been building a small deck landing and steps. It took five trips to a regular lumber yard before they could get me all the right parts for the railing, and I am still waiting on some products I need to finish the project. I could go on, but the point is, we need to really appreciate those people we work with on a regular basis and who get us our materials and supplies in a timely manner. I know I have taken this for granted and will return to Lincoln with a refreshed appreciation for those who service us so well. Thank you to all who help us be a great service to our customers.
Modular Ramp Currently Available
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.
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.