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  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:03 PM | Anonymous

     from reflector.com

    Published January 16, 2014

    Increased fees involving commercial wastewater treatment and electric service fees are being debated by Greenville Utilities’ board members.


    The finance committee is recommending increased fees for the wastewater system’s pre-treatment analysis and hauled wastewater charges. However, the four-person committee wants additional information before taking action on staff recommended increases involving electric service fees.


    GUC Commissioner Chip Little was concerned about the dramatic rate increases being proposed for some electric service fees. He asked if the increases could be incrementally implemented over a multi-year period to lessen the financial impact on builders and other businesses.

    Staff members said they would bring back in February information about implementing the increases over a five-year period.

    Tony Cannon, GUC chief executive officer and general manager, said he would like a recommendation on the electric service fees at that time because changes need to be incorporated in the proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget which staff is preparing.

    It has been more than a decade since the wastewater and electric system fee schedules had been updated, Cannon said.

    In that time, GUC’s labor and materials cost for providing electric services has increased 30 percent, Cannon said. On the wastewater side, an estimated $900,000 has been spent to make it easier for wastewater haulers to access the treatment plant, but the businesses are paying the same amount of fees they paid in 2001.

    It is important for the businesses and individuals using these services to pay for the increases involved in offering the services, Cannon said.

    “You want to place the cost where the cost is,” Cannon said. “If you don’t adjust this we would have to recoup (the costs) through rate increases.”

    Wastewater haulers are mainly companies that offer portable toilets and performance septic system maintenance. Right now they are charged $45 for a 2,000 gallon load. Staff is recommending a rate of $59.22 per 2,000 gallon load. There also would be a 3-cent per gallon charge for all volumes over 2,000 gallons.

    The pretreatment lab analysis fees are paid by wastewater haulers and businesses and industries that work with chemicals that could be pollutants or hazardous.

    There are about 11 pretreatment tests that are performed.

    The electric fees are for the installation of services at residences and commercial property.

    A $35 fee increase is being proposed for installing temporary service at a residential location, increasing from $60 to $95. At a commercial site the temporary service fee would increase $10, rising from $100 to $110.

    If additional temporary poles are needed the cost would rise from $150 per pole to $555, according to staff.

    The fee for installing permanent underground service would increase from $125 to $220 for less than 175 feet of lines. In subdivisions with less than 50 lots and lot frontage of less than 110 feet, the fee would increase from $150 to $350.

    The fees for underground commercial service vary based on the amps used by the businesses. The increases range from 50 percent to 218 percent.

    The full Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners will review the wastewater fees recommendation next month.

    Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.

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  • Monday, December 02, 2013 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    Download a larger copy of the flyer:  roadhouse december 8th.pdf
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous
    As an NAHB benefit, members have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies.

    For more information about the program, visit www.nahb.org/MA 

    Download the one-page Member Advantage At a Glance

    If you need your NAHB PIN, please feel free to call or email the office.  They are on file for all members.
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:42 AM | Anonymous
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    According to HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau, home owner do-it-yourself (DIY) projects accounted for 37 percent of all home remodeling projects performed nationwide from 2010-2011. While most professional remodelers understand that home owners will do some of their own home repairs or small renovations, after repairing many a DIY gone awry they overwhelmingly believe that many jobs should be left to the pros.


    The desire among home owners to tackle repair and remodeling projects has risen with the popularity of Pinterest and design blogs and the prevalence of home improvement stores. Before attempting to recreate the gorgeous bathroom from your Pinterest board in your own home, consider the following before sinking your resources into the project.


    Safety

    Without the proper training and preparation, a DIYer can and has landed in the emergency room. Unfamiliarity with new tools and techniques can lead to life-threatening accidents. Follow product directions and safety procedures and always use proper safety equipment.

    A good rule of thumb for any home owner is to avoid projects that require a license. Veteran remodelers advise against doing electrical or plumbing work on your own and avoid making structural changes to walls, roofs and floors. You run the risk of compromising the structural integrity of your home and having a large hole in your roof or floor. Leave this work in the hands of professionals with the proper training.


    Even projects that appear simple like laying floor tile can result in you stubbing your toes every time you are in that room if improperly installed.


    Time

    DIYers often tackle larger projects than they can handle before the holidays so that visiting family can enjoy the updates. But when something goes wrong, there is no one to hold to the deadline. Hiring a professional will ensure that you have a contract with a completion date and that the remodeler will bring in whatever help is necessary to get the job finished on time.


    Even professional remodelers sometimes need extra time on projects when they find surprises behind walls. Troubleshooting these issues often takes more time and expertise than originally planned. If timing is a priority for your weekend warrior, call a professional remodeler to get your project completed.


    Cost

    Purchasing new tools is exciting but consider the price of all the specialty tools used for a one-time project when they are sitting untouched in your garage for a few years.

    Additionally, many of the products purchased for the DIY market, although designated by a name brand, are not always the same quality available to contractors. It is also important to verify the terms of the product warranty. Many warranties become void by improper installation.


    Robert Criner, GMR, CAPS, CGP of Criner Remodeling in 

    Yorktown, Va.cautions all motivated DIYers, “Does it really pay to do the job twice when you can pay a professional to do it once?”


    There are some home projects that professional remodelers believe can be tackled by determined DIYers such as hanging pictures, interior painting, caulking, changing door knobs and cabinet pulls, and some aesthetic work (depending on skill level) such as installing crown molding. Just consider the safety risks, time and cost involved in a DIY project of any size.


    Still think you can tackle a big remodeling project? Just remember, DIY projects should be fun and suit your skill level. If they’re not, then consider hiring a professional.


    For information about hiring a remodeler, contact us at 252-756-7915 or pitthba@gmail.com.  You can also search our member directory or Find a Builder page for contractors in our area.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    The home building industry celebrates National Remodeling Month in May, but remodeling is popular year-round, and the industry is growing every year. Whether it’s a small cosmetic remodel such as replacing bathroom fixtures, or a major down-to-the-wall-studs overhaul of your kitchen or adding new space to your home, understanding the terminology your professional remodeler is using can be very helpful to ensure you get the finished project you want. 


    As you interview potential contractors, this glossary of common terms used by builders and remodelers will help you understand the language of your remodeling project undefined and help you avoid miscommunication with your contractor.


    Allowance: A specific dollar amount allocated by a contractor for specified items in a contract for which the brand, model number, color, size or other details are not yet known.


    Bid: A proposal to work for a certain amount of money, based on plans and specifications for the project.

     

    Building Permit: A document issued by a governing authority, such as a city or county building department, granting permission to undertake a construction project.

     

    Call-back: An informal term for a return visit by the contractor to repair or replace items the home owner has found to be unsatisfactory or that require service under the warranty.

     

    Change Order: This is written authorization to the contractor to make a change or addition to the work described in the original contract. The change order should reflect any changes in cost.

     

    Cost-plus Contract: A contract between a contractor and home owner that is based on the accrued cost of labor and materials plus a percentage for profit and overhead undefined also known as a time-and-materials contract.

     

    Draw: A designated payment that is "drawn" from the total project budget to pay for services completed to date. A draw schedule is typically established in the contract.

     

    Lien Release: A document that voids the legal right of a contractor, subcontractor or supplier to place a lien against your property. A lien release assures you that the remodeler has paid subcontractors and suppliers in full for labor and materials.

     

    Mechanic’s Lien: A lien obtained by an unpaid subcontractor or supplier through the courts. When enforced, real property undefined such as your home undefined can be sold to pay the subcontractor or supplier. If a subcontractor or supplier signed a lien release, then this lien cannot be enforced.

     

    Plans and Specifications: These are drawings for the project, and a detailed list or description of the known products, materials, quantities and finishes to be used.


    Punch List: A list of work items to be completed or corrected by the contractor, typically near or at the end of a project.


    Subcontractor: A person or company hired directly by the contractor to perform specialized work at the job site undefined sometimes referred to as a trade contractor.


    Visit nahb.org/remodeling for additional consumer information about remodeling including how to live while you’re remodeling, understanding your remodeling contract and questions to ask when looking for a remodeler. 


    To find a professional remodeler in the Greenville-Pitt County area, search our member directory, or contact us at (252) 756-7915 or pitthba@gmail.com

  • Friday, February 22, 2013 9:20 AM | Anonymous
    This document from NAHB details the real value it gives to members and some of the most significant advocacy victories in terms of monetary impact.


    For more information, please visit www.nahb.org or feel free to contact the GPCHBA office at (252) 756-7915 or pitthba@gmail.com
  • Monday, February 04, 2013 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    This year's Parade of Homes will be April 27-28 and May 4-5.

     

    See below for more information:

     

    2013 Parade Letter.pdf

     

    2013 Parade of Home Entry Form and Guidelines.pdf

     

     

  • Monday, January 28, 2013 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    From NAHB:

     

    Fireplaces, whether they are wood-burning or gas, are both fashionable and functional additions to many homes. Families gather around decorated hearths for holiday celebrations as they build lifelong memories. During the cooler winter months, fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances are often used as primary heat sources in homes.

     

    But sadly, fireplace safety can be neglected, sometimes with tragic results. Everyone has seen the news stories about homes burned to the ground and lives lost due to improperly disposed-of fireplace ashes. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), heating fires account for 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas every year.

    Here are some tips to make sure your fireplace remains a safe, enjoyable feature of your family’s home:

     

    ·        Have your chimney thoroughly cleaned once a year. Flammable residue that accumulates in the flue can lead to fires in the chimney, and cracks or gaps in the flue can decrease the draft required both for combustion and to carry toxic gases away from your home. You can find a certified chimney specialist at csia.org.

     

    ·        Use either a metal mesh screen or glass doorsundefinedor bothundefinedas a barrier between the fireplace and hearth. If you have glass doors, leave them open while burning a fire so that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney. Always keep the mesh screen closed when a fire is burning to keep embers or sparks from getting into the room.

     

    ·        Never use flammable liquids to start a fire, or burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace. Use only seasoned hardwood, non-seasoned (or green) wood tends to smoke more and burn less efficiently, and can leave significantly more resin and soot in your chimney. Never burn any part of fir or pine trees in a fireplace. The sap can explode, and the needles can ignite quickly which could send sparks into the room or into the chimney where creosote deposits could catch fire.

     

    • Never leave a fire unattended, and make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. Douse and saturate ashes with water, and never empty ash directly into a trash can. Place completely cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the container at least 10 feet away from any building.

     

    • Cover the top of your chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester, and keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris. Also cut away any branches that are hanging above the chimney.

    You can find more fire safety tips on USFA’s website at usfa.fema.gov.

     

    Taking these steps will help to ensure that the time you spend around your fireplace is enjoyable, and your family and home is safe.

  • Friday, January 25, 2013 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Here's a downloadable one-page reference for HBA events for February through June 2013.

     

    It will be updated as dates are commitees meet and dates are set.

     

    Feb-June 2013 Events.pdf

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