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Minutes in Brief

November 10, 2021

Upon motion by Christina Diehl, second by Joe Younger, the minutes of the October 13, 2021 Directors’ Meeting were approved.

The Directors reviewed Bright’s Market Trends Report for Pennsylvania, Weekly Statistical Market Report and Leadership Update.

Tom Blefko reported that the slate of 2022 LCAR Board Nominees was presented at the October 6th Quarterly Forum with no additional nominees from the floor. The election of the 2022 Officers and Directors was held at an LCAR Business Meeting on October 25th, and the slate was elected as presented. Tom thanked those current Directors whose terms are finished at the end of the year.

The Communications Committee reported meeting but required no action. Anyone who knows a member who would fit well with the expanded scope of work for the 2022 Committee is asked to contact staff.

Joe Younger reported that Josh Parsons attended the October 14th Government Affairs Committee Meeting and talked about reassessments, property taxes and prison site selection.

Greg Bardell reported on the Member Engagement Committee’s final round of revisions to the new website and the launch at the December 16th LCAR Banquet and Volunteer Luncheon. The 2022 Communications & Member Engagement Committee will focus more on current events at the Association, reporting on what is happening at the committee and Board levels, promoting upcoming events, integrating social media with the website and creating a library of actual LCAR photos and videos to replace stock photos.

The Executive Vice President Search Task Force reported meeting to develop a job description and discuss various conversations with PAR and neighboring associations. A common denominator was the advice to use T3 Sixty Talent to conduct the search and develop a short list of candidates for LCAR to meet with in-person. After moving to Executive Session to further discuss the EVP position, Joe Younger made the motion to hire T3 Sixty Talent to assist in the search for the new Association Executive. Upon a second by Glenn Yoder, the Directors approved the motion. Once the contract is signed, the process to find the replacement typically takes 90 to 120 days.

The Directors reviewed membership statistics, and staff presented the new member applications indicating that they have all been completed in full with everyone applying for an appropriate classification of membership. Upon motion by Tom Weik, second by Jeff Peters, the Directors approved the new members.

The Association’s Treasurer’s Report and Real Estate School Report were reviewed; and upon motion by Glenn Yoder, second by Corinn Kirchner, they were accepted.

Tom Blefko gave a facility update — the new HVAC system is up and running, the ductwork cleaning was just completed, the new grinder pump has been installed and a painter will be hired to repaint the wall in the school that was damaged by the excessive heat and humidity when the HVAC system was down over the summer.

Under pressure by DEP and EPA to protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Manheim Township is requiring the Association to remove vegetation at the rear of the property in order to properly maintain the detention basin. Tom met with several contractors and is awaiting quotes. Their recommendation to lower costs was to secure permission from the Foxshire Plaza to bulldoze all the trees and vegetation in that area versus only going to the LCAR property line. Tom is in conversation with Tom Troccoli who is the boots-on-the-ground for the absentee owners of the Plaza.

The Directors received communication from NAR regarding desktop appraisals, new home construction, multifamily loan caps and the Build Back Better plan. They also reviewed information from PAR on vacant office space and the steep increase in foreclosures as the moratorium was lifted. RisMedia reported on the continuing battle between the DOJ and NAR, and Zillow announced the end of its iBuying Program.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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