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July 2008 Minutes

APPROVED AT THE NOVEMBER 5, 2008 MEETING

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors MeetingWednesday, July 30, 2008CSIA Technology Center

President Brooks called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 11:31 a.m.

Directors Present: Jim Baynes, Randy Brooks, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Dean Piper, Bob Priesing, George Stroup, Jay Walker and Howard Rowell (Ex-Officio)
Directors Absent: Jeremy Biswell

Staff Present:
Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson, Ashley Eldridge, Royal Edwards, Art Garrett, Debbie Cornelius

Guests Present:  Kim Stroup, Robert Huta, John Pilger

A motion was made by George Stroup and seconded by Dennis Dobbs to accept the minutes of the May 15, 2008 meeting. Voting in favor: Jim Baynes, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Dean Piper, Bob Priesing, George Stroup, Jay Walker

President’s Reportas submitted by Randy Brooks. He added that he has become more involved in his local air quality districts and encourages others to become more involved in local non-attainment areas as well.

Treasurer’s Report as submitted by Jay Walker. A discussion was held regarding reviewing the employee health benefit plans and merchant accounts for additional savings.

Executive Director’s Reportas submitted by Mark McSweeney. He added that OSHA has requested a meeting to further discuss fall protection.

Legal Report as submitted by Art Garrett.  A discussion was held regarding the Douglas Ryan insurance settlement.

The meeting was recessed at 12:14 pm.

The meeting was reconvened at 12:50 pm.

A motion was made by Mark Maynard and seconded by Russ Dimmitt to accept the consent agenda as presented. Voting in favor: Jim Baynes, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Dean Piper, Bob Priesing, George Stroup, Jay Walker Motion carries.

A discussion was held regarding the moderation and administration of the NCSG discussion list.

A motion was made by Mark Maynard and seconded by Dean Piper to make the administration of the discussion list a staff function and make the moderation of the discussion list a function of the Discussion List Committee. Voting in favor: Jim Baynes, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Dean Piper, Bob Priesing, George Stroup Abstain: Jay Walker Motion passes.

Jay Walker has been appointed as chair of the Discussion List Committee.

A discussion was held regarding progress made on the Start-Up Package Program.

A discussion was held regarding multiple website listings for NCSG member companies.  

A motion was made by Jay Walker and seconded by George Stroup to adopt an annual premium of $50 per listing on the NCSG membership locator page for each company listing in addition to the one listing included with membership. Voting in favor: Jim Baynes, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Dean Piper, Bob Priesing, George Stroup, Jay Walker Motion passes.

A motion was made by Mark Maynard and seconded by George Stroup to accept the FY 08-09 budget as presented. Voting in favor: Jim Baynes, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Dean Piper, Bob Priesing, George Stroup, Jay Walker Motion carries.

The next board meeting will be held online conference on Wednesday, November 5 at 2pm Eastern. The annual planning workshops will be held May 4-5, 2009 with the board meeting to be held on May 6, 2009 at the CSIA Technology Center. The annual budget workshop will be held August 12, 2009 with the board meeting to be held August 13, 2009 at the CSIA Technology Center. The following board meeting will be held November 4, 2009.

A motion was made by George Stroup and seconded by Diane Pilger to adjourn the meeting. Voting: All in favor. Motion carries.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:10pm.

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APPROVED AT THE NOVEMBER 5, 2008 MEETING