July 8, 2020
Upon motion by Tom Blefko, second by Joe Younger, the minutes of the June 10, 2020 Directors’ Meeting were approved.
The Directors reviewed the Weekly Market Trends report provided by Bright MLS which showed the significant impact on Real Estate in Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The Directors also received communications from Bright regarding new online application processes for Office Secretary/Admin and Personal Assistants; Marketing and Communication updates regarding Levels/Stories; RentSpree integration with Bright Listing Management and virtual showing designations. Bright also provided a schedule of upcoming Webinars.
In addition, the Directors received communication from local Home Inspectors regarding difficulties encountered in scheduling appointments without access to ShowingTime in Bright MLS. Staff informed the group that the Association has communicated with LCAR’s Bright Directors asking for inclusion of this issue on Bright’s Board of Directors’ Agenda.
The Outing Task Force reported that the Annual Golf Outing is proceeding as scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd, at Meadia Heights Golf Club with a more simplified format and program due to COVID-19 regulations. The Outing will be limited to 100 golfers with reduced prizes for winners and elimination of the “Chinese” and “Silent” Auction items. Hole sponsorships are reduced to $50 with no sponsorship/foursome package deals offered and no charitable contributions publicized in advance. There may be “spot” contests or a 50/50 basis to raise money for first responders or the Central PA Food Bank. Staff indicated that registration forms were emailed to the members, and at this time there is only one foursome available.
The Communications Committee reported meeting but required no action.
The Community Partnerships Committee reported that despite cancellation of the 2020 Annual Charity Dinner, the Committee will continue its efforts to raise money for TLC through solicitation of individual monetary donations and a recommendation that offices hold “in-house” fundraisers. The Committee is preparing materials and a promotional video (produced by TLC) that will be emailed to the members detailing how they can help raise money for TLC. Prizes already donated for this year’s event will be awarded, at random, to those individuals who make a monetary donation. In addition, the Committee recommended to the Directors that 2021 Realtor Dues be added to the list of prizes. Upon motion by Glenn Yoder, second by Corinn Kirchner, the Directors approved this recommendation. The Committee also indicated that there were no scholarship applications received for the second quarter.
The Directors reviewed membership statistics and staff presented the applications indicating that they have all been completed in full with everyone applying for an appropriate classification of membership. Upon motion by Joe Younger, second by Tom Weik, the Directors approved the new members.
The Association’s Treasurer’s Report, as well as the Real Estate School Report, were reviewed. Upon motion by Richard Boas, second by Logan Hutton, they were accepted.
The Directors received communication regarding Case Law whereby the Supreme Court declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Unconstitutional, indicating that the CFPB single-director, “for-cause” removal structure is unconstitiutional because it violates the “separation of power” clause of the Constitution. The Court, however, took no remedial action.
The Directors received information provided by PAR and NAR regarding COVID-19 updates including NAR’s Federal Advocacy Responses to COVID-19, PAR’s report on the “New Normal” for Open Houses, Best Practices and Forms and the State’s Legal Battle involving Governor Wolf’s Shut Down Order.
Staff reported that the 2020 NAR Convention scheduled for November 13th through 16th in New Orleans will be transitioned to a fully virtual format. PAR has indicated that it is considering a similar action and that this year’s Triple Play Convention in Atlantic City has been cancelled.
The Directors reviewed PAR’s monthly Broker News Update and the Agreement of Sale update released July 1st.
The Directors also received communication from RISMedia announcing that the Federal Reserve rates will remain unchanged amidst the coronovirus-impacted economy with no change through 2022.
Upon motion by Glenn Yoder, second by Joe Younger, a request from a local legislator to meet with the Directors resulted in a decision to schedule a joint meeting with the Directors and the Government Affairs Committee.
Staff updated the Directors on the results of the 2020 dues collection process. After discussion and upon motion by Tom Weik and a second by Corinn Kirchner, the Directors instructed that Brokers/Managers and individuals be notified regarding any unpaid balances and be given until July 31st to make full payment in order to avoid termination.
After discussion and careful consideration of the unprecedented times and the state’s “Green Phase” regulations including no more than 250 people at a gathering, the requirement of face coverings, the logistics of self-distancing, as well as the venue’s potential contract cancellation penalties and upon motion by Greg Bardell, second by Tom Blefko, the Directors regretfully agreed to cancel the 2021 Annual LCAR Banquet. It was suggested that as part of its program of work that the Banquet Task Force be tasked with considering the feasibility of an alternative event later in the year.
The C&I Council presented its review of the C-PACE Program and requested endorsement of the Council’s decision to communicate with the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in support of this program. Upon motion by Richard Boas, second by Tom Blefko, the Directors approved the communication and requested that Ferne Silberman be added as a signatory on behalf of the Board.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
NOTE: These minutes have not yet been approved by the LCAR Directors; corrections will follow, if necessary.