May 2015 Splinters from the Board

During its May meeting, the Board of Trustees welcomed new members Betty Tableman and Davin Taddeo, elected Barry Carr as President-Elect, and returned Mary Elaine Kiener and Chris Clampitt to their previously held positions as Secretary and Vice President of Finance, respectively. With great adulation for her outstanding service to the congregation, the Board recognized Kathy Lovell’s ending term as President, a momentous term marked by the purchasing and selling of buildings. She passed the gavel to incoming President Dan Dettweiler.

After review of Board covenants, practices, and other excerpts from the Board Manual with new members, discussion turned to issues related to the new location on South Pennsylvania. The need for a South Lansing outreach strategy was discussed, and a subgroup was identified to focus on this. The “Dream” email address,, is the best way for congregants to share program ideas.

The Dream Implementation team reported that they received a quote for hearing loop systems. A loop in the new sanctuary is considered a “must have,” and more information is being pursued about whether a hearing loop would be helpful in the Board Room, where Sunday Forum meets.

Other quotes were received from asbestos abatement companies.

Preliminary energy audit results were reviewed with an architect from Michigan Energy Options.

Bid documents for the renovation project are in the final stages of preparation by the architectural firm, Studio Intrigue. The Loan Advisory Team reported that a construction loan was pursued at three local banks, and the UUA Loan Guarantee application was also submitted. The title insurance company working with us on the sale of our current building decided it needed formal Board approval to sell. So the Board, having already been given unanimous support at the last meeting of the congregation to sell the building, passed a motion authorizing it.

Meanwhile, the buyers of our Grove Street property, Sixty North, LLC, are receiving approvals from the city and neighborhood.

The Board does not meet in June this year due to the timing of General Assembly and to vacations scheduled by several people. Likely, the Board will be looking at bid documents in June and early July. Planning for the Fall Board Retreat will begin soon.