August 2013 Building Buzz

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The Building Buzz is the official monthly newsletter of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association.


<ul><li><p> Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association</p><p>Building BuzzBuilding the Future of Bismarck-Mandan Since 1958.</p><p>August 2013Permit Report: June 2013</p><p>Page 2</p><p>Presidents Letter: Call to Nominate Outstanding </p><p>MembersPage 3 </p><p>Committee Highlight: Government Affairs </p><p>Committee Page 5</p><p>Ready, Aim, Fire! Sporting Clay Shoot Aug. 29</p><p>Page 6</p><p>Competition Heats Up at PAC Golf Tournament </p><p>Page 8</p><p>City Beat: Unlawful Dumping; Duty to Clean Ordinance </p><p>ProposedPage 10</p><p>42,000 Reasons to Weigh in on Code Changes</p><p>Page 13</p><p>NDAB NewsPages 14-15</p></li><li><p>Page 2 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz</p><p>Building BuzzPublisher: </p><p>Roxanne JacobsonEditor: </p><p>Chelsea Gleich</p><p>Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association</p><p>2600 Gateway Ave., Suite 1Bismarck, ND 58503</p><p>Phone: 701.222.2400 Fax: 701.250.9730</p><p>Like Us! Us!</p><p>Your membership is three-in-one: BMHBA, NDAB and NAHB</p><p>Scan to visit</p><p>Bismarck-Mandan Permit Reports Through June 2013BISMARCK - monthly/yearly permit reports can be found at www.bismarck.orgPermit Type YTD 2013 YTD 2012New Residential Single Family Detached Single Family Attached Duplex 3 or 4 Unit 5+ UnitResidential GaragesNew CommercialAlter Public</p><p>314/$64.61M219/$39.75M80/$11.9M6/$1.05M2/$1.15M7/$10.76M46/$.378M24/$8.777M7/$9.54M</p><p>299/$71.55M214/$38.67M65/$10.84M4/$1.32M12/$6.83M4/$13.89M33/$.287M32/$6.71M3/$.048M</p><p>MANDAN - monthly/yearly permit reports can be found at www.cityofmandan.comPermit Type YTD 2013 YTD 2012New Residential Single Family Two Family Condos ApartmentsRemodel and AdditionsNew CommercialAlter Commercial</p><p>129/$42.26M98/$27.2M0/$0M28/$5.8M3/$9.26M79/$1.41M8/$2.476M13/$3.03M</p><p>Professionals building our community through promotion of home ownership, education and legislation since 1958.</p><p>88/$25.29M81/$20.35M0/$0M4/$.862M3/$4.076M64/$1.03M10/$5.43M20/$2.98M</p></li><li><p>August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 3 </p><p>With over 360 members, the BMHBA has member companies spanning every inch of the building industry. We want to recognize our outstanding members this year (and every year) with our three annual awards Builder of the Year, Association of the Year and BEAM (Builders Engaging Associate Members) Award. We, at the BMHBA, know that there is no one better to tell us who our outstanding members are than you, the ones working in the trenches with them every day. That is why Im writing to encourage you to nominate those outstanding members you work with for these awards.The Builder and Associate of the Year are geared toward members who go above and beyond in their business, the community and HBA involvement. The nominated candidates will be judged on: business accomplishments, civic activity, member spirit/local association activity, and state and national activity.The BEAM award is fairly new, and was designed by the National Association of Home Builders to recognize those builders who embody the motto, its good business to do business with a member, and foster great relationships with those members. Only builder members are eligible for this award. However, both builders and associate members can nominate. </p><p>The BEAM nominee should be a builder who strives to work with member subcontractors, builds strong relationships with those subcontractors, and uses ethical business practices. Nomination forms for these awards will be sent out soon, but feel free to contact the BMHBA office at any time to make a nomination. Also, were sending out a member survey in the next couple of weeks. The survey will ask you to verify your member information for the member directory (to be published Jan. 2014), as well as ask some questions regarding your membership preferences and demographic information. I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and fill out the survey when you receive it. Your responses can help us serve you, our members, better.Again, please consider nominating some outstanding members for each award. It is a great way to recognize those who give of their time and talent to our association and our industry.</p><p>A Word from Our President: Call to Nominate Outstanding Members</p><p>Eric BrendenBoard President</p></li><li><p>Page 4 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz</p><p>BMHBA Welcomes New Members in 2013We would like to thank our new members for joining us, and welcome them to the association. If you know any of these members, please encourage them to get involved and attend BMHBA functions with you.</p><p>1st Choice HomesLori Doerr </p><p>&amp; James Michela of Bianco Realty, Inc. </p><p>Central City RemodelersJackie Andahl, Robin Gates </p><p>&amp; Greg Larson of Century 21 Morrison</p><p>City of MandanCopper Ridge Design &amp; </p><p>BuildersEide Bailly, LLP</p><p>Goldstar HomesHorizon Framers</p><p>Hot Spring Spas &amp; Pool Tables 2</p><p>HR ServicesHunter Hardwood Floors</p><p>Kamrose ConstructionLexar Homes</p><p>OM ContractingPrestige Homes &amp; Design</p><p>Property Resources GroupPuklich Chevrolet</p><p>Regal Home SolutionsRHR Construction</p><p>Rick Slavik ConstructionRusch Homes, LLC</p><p>Spectra HomesSuper Homes, Inc.</p><p>Timber Ridge Plumbing &amp; Heating</p><p>Tom Kunz, Jesse Sornsin &amp; Kristina Schwab </p><p>of TK HomesVenture Building Co.</p><p>Calendar of EventsAugust 6: Membership Committee Meeting</p><p>August 22: Events Committee Meeting</p><p>August 27: BMHBA Board Meeting</p><p>August 29: Annual Sporting Clay Shoot </p><p>September 12: Construction Site Crime Prevention Lunch-n-Learn</p><p>September 24: BMHBA Board Meeting</p><p>September 26-29: Fall Parade of Homes</p><p>October 3: Family Night at the Pumpkin Patch*All Board Meetings are held at the BMHBA office</p><p>2013 Board of DirectorsPRESIDENTEric BrendenNorthwest ContractingPhone: (701) 255-7727PAST PRESIDENTChad MoldenhauerK &amp; L Homes, Inc.Phone: (701) 258-4584SECRETARY/TREASURERGreg ZenkerFerguson EnterprisesPhone: (701) 663-2446BOARD MEMBERPaula HaiderHaider Glass SpecialtiesPhone: (701) 250-6787BOARD MEMBERMinda LloydND Guaranty &amp; Title Co.Phone: (701) 663-5362</p><p>1ST VICE PRESIDENTVance VetterVance Vetter HomesPhone: (701) 751-82182ND VICE PRESIDENTDrew KnutsonKnutson Homes, Inc.Phone: (701) 258-3464BOARD MEMBERScott MoranHallmark HomesPhone: (701) 471-7634BOARD MEMBERMike HopfaufHopfauf Custom BuildersPhone: (701) 663-7691BOARD MEMBERC.J. SchorschFlecks Furniture &amp; AppliancePhone: (701) 323-0891</p></li><li><p>August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 5 </p><p>Committee Highlight: Government Affairs Committee</p><p>GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBERS</p><p>Chair: Chad Moldenhauer, K&amp;L Homes Vance Vetter, Vance Vetter HomesEric Brenden, Northwest Contracting</p><p>Dana Schlomer, Schlomer ConstructionDave Patience, Swenson Hagen &amp; Co.</p><p>Scott Duchsherer, Prairie Aire HomesJeff Sattler, Sattler Homes</p><p>Want YOUR company to be featured asa Member Highlight next month? If you havent been featured before, email and find out how your company could be next months member highlight!</p><p>No Cost to You!</p><p>What is Government Affairs? In order to define government affairs, we must first </p><p>define the overall term of advocacy. Advocacy is a broad programmatic tool used by citizens to influence public policy at all levels of government. Advocacy is all encompassing and may incorporate political action, legislative, regulatory, grassroots, legal, and media strategies all for positive change in government. One of the largest components, and arguably the most important aspect, of an advocacy program is government affairs, the act of being engaged in both legislative and regulatory governmental action. Legislative affairs refer to matters that come before legislative bodies such as a city council, state legislature or the U.S. Congress. Regulatory affairs refer to issues that go before rulemaking bodies, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a city building department or perhaps a state environmental agency. To put it simply, legislative bodies make laws and policy, and regulatory bodies carry out that law or policy, often creating the rules of enforcement associated with the law/policy. Active engagement in both is crucial to an effective advocacy program.What does the Government Affairs Committee do?The BMHBA Government Affairs Committee is tasked with reviewing any industry-related ordinances or laws coming before the City and County commissions, as well as building strong relationships with local officials. The committee is currently tasked with reviewing and forming an official HBA opinion (to be approved by the Board) on the littering/job site cleanliness ordinance (#5971) in the City of Bismarck. The ordinance was emailed to builder members for comment prior to the committee meeting. A summary can be found on pg. 10.</p><p>As election season approaches, the committee will also be tasked with requesting information from potential candidates for public office and determining which, if any, should be supported by the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association. This process is typically started by sending out a questionnaire to all candidates asking for input. The committee then reviews the responses and determines if an in-person meeting with the candidate is necessary before a final decision can be made. Official letters of support/monetary donations are then sent to the candidates who are chosen.Why is Government Affairs important?Involvement in government affairs is the most important priority for local, state and national HBAs. We are your watchdogs for the industry, and it is our job to make it easier for you to do your jobs well. You, our members, are represented in local, state and federal government through your 3-in-1 membership.If you have any input on upcoming ordinances or laws, dont hesitate to contact Roxy at the BMHBA or any committee member with your concerns.</p></li><li><p>Page 6 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz</p><p>Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming BMHBA Events!BMHBA News &amp; Events</p><p>Builders Prepare for the Fall Parade of Homes</p><p>Set Your Sights on the Sporting Clay Shoot Aug. 29The 2013 Sporting Clay Shoot is set for August 29 at Capital City Sporting Clays. Join us for an afternoon out on the course. There will be prizes for the bud bird station, as well as door prizes and lots of fun. The day will conclude with a barbeque for all the participants. The shooter fee is $75 per person. The registration includes target fees, shells, earplugs and the barbeque to follow. Shooters can register as a member of a team or individually.Registration forms have been sent out and online registration is now open at</p><p>The Fall Parade of Homes is set for Thursday, September 26 through Sunday, September 29. This shorter Parade is a great way to showcase your home(s) without having to work the home for 2 weekends. Registration is still open for interested builders. The cost to participate is $500 for the first home and $375 for each additional home. Only member builders are able to showcase their homes, and only member subcontractors/suppliers are allowed to advertise within the homes. Contracts have been sent out to the builders who responded to the pre-commit. If you would like a </p><p>contract and havent received one, contact the office or visit The contracts with payment are due back on August 14. The home information will be due on August 28, including home photos, descriptions and directions.Advertising opportunities in the Fall Parade of Homes magazine will be available to members, as well. To find out more information about ad prices and availability, contact Deb Seminary at The Printers (255-3422). </p><p>Verify Your Contact Information! BMHBA Member Survey Sent Out</p><p>We will be sending out a survey to each member company in August to verify your contact </p><p>information, business categories and get some feedback on BMHBA membership. This information </p><p>will be used to ensure that member information in the hard copy directory (to be published Jan. 2014) and online is as accurate as possible. We </p><p>will also take into account your membership feedback in determining future BMHBA programs and events. We highly encourage you to take the </p><p>time to participate in this survey and make sure that your correct information is being published. </p><p>Thank you for your help!</p></li><li><p>August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 7 </p><p>BMHBA News &amp; Events</p><p>Member Minute: BMHBA Members Making HeadlinesBianco Realty AwardsBianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Jim Jeromchek Associates of the Month! Shirley and Jim had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of June 2013. Shirley has been a licensed REALTOR since 2001 and Jim has been a licensed REALTOR since 1993. Great job!Quality Title to Hold Grand Opening Celebration!Quality Title would like to invite you to their Grand Opening Celebration on August 22. Come see their new office and meet the staff from noon to 7 p.m. that day. They will be grilling throughout the day with prizes and refreshments for attendees, too. Come say congratulations on the new building and new company to your fellow BMHBA member! </p><p>Lingen to Retire From Kupper ChevroletDavid Lingen, Kupper Chevrolet new car sales manager, will retire at the end of 2013 after 33 years with the dealership. Lingen started with the dealership when it was named Gandrud Chevrolet in 1980. He worked as sales consultant until he was promoted to new car manager in 1985.Capital Credit Union &amp; KLJ Named in Top 10 </p><p>Young Professional WorkplacesCapital Credit Union and KLJ have been named in the YP Network Top 10 Young Professional Workplaces. To be eligible, a business must employ young professionals under 40. A panel of judges anonymously evaluated nominees on categories relevant to young professionals, such as inclusion, benefits and professional development.</p><p>Submit your company achievements to Member Minute by emailing</p><p>Outstanding Member Nominations Needed! Builder &amp; Associate </p><p>of the YearBEAM (Builders Engaging </p><p>Associate Members) AwardThe NAHB BEAM (Builders Engaging Associate Members) Award is an honor bestowed on one builder who is chosen by a committee of associates as the one who best exemplifies the motto its good business to do business with a member. Out of the builders nominated, the local association will determine one award recipient. The local award recipients will then be judged at the state level, and the state award recipient will go on to represent the state at NAHB. </p><p>Who should you nominate? Only builder members are eligible for this award. However, both builders and associate members can nominate. The BEAM nominee should be a builder who strives to work with member subcontractors, builds strong relationships with those subcontractors and uses ethical business practices. Nominations are due by August 23. Nomination forms will be sent out shortly, but you can email your nominations to or call 222-2400.</p><p>The Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Builder and Associate of the Year awards. Nominees should be either builder or associate members who have excelled...</p></li></ul>