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Biweekly e letter October 28, 2018

Greetings,

Here's the biweekly report of local, state and national items of interest that affect your business, the building industry and our association.

Dave DeBiase
Executive Officer
Blair/ Bedford Builders Association

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Other websites to visit that contain valuable information as well as discounts and rebate programs with various vendors & suppliers:

Pennsylvania Builders Association: http://www.pabuilders.org/

National Association of Home Builders: http://www.nahb.org/

Headlines and Announcements:

Final General Membership meeting for 2018 to be held November 6th at the U S Hotel. We will be voting on the Officers and Directors for 2019 as have been advertised in the past two e letters. Also, our featured speaker for this meeting will be Andrea Cohen from the Lakemont Park Partnership to tell us all about the new features for 2019 at Lakemont Park. Please plan to attend.
Menu: Rigatoni & Meatballs; Grilled Pork Tenderloin; Parmesan Peppercorn Risotto; Vegetable Medley; Tossed
Salad; Chocolate Cake; Coffee and Iced Tea. All for $25.00 p/p.
Please respond to this e letter with your reservations by November 4th @ 4:00p.

November 6th is also Election Day - remember to exercise your right to VOTE on November 6th then come and attend the BBBA meeting. Remember, each person in attendance will be given a ticket to be entered in a drawing for the chance to win $20 cash.

Attention Builders, Remodelers and Trades:
James A. Trexler from the City of Altoona Housing Rehab Department is extending an invitation for you to go through the application process with the Department to be included on their bid list for future projects.
The Department currently has almost $500,000 to be used for future projects. Three ways to contact him: jtrexler@altoonapa.gov; Office: 814.949.2470; Fax: 814.949.0372


Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period

Pennsylvania has been granted an extended grace period to comply with REAL ID requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grace period was set to expire Oct. 10, 2018, but has now been extended until Aug. 1, 2019. A final federal deadline for all states to comply is Oct. 1, 2020.

This grace period extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least Aug. 1, 2019.

REAL ID is voluntary for Pennsylvania residents, but encouraged for those who may need to access certain federal facilities, such as military bases, or fly commercial flights within the United States. Residents also have the option to use other, non-REAL ID forms of enhanced identification. Click here for that list.

Residents wishing to obtain REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and photo ID cards can obtain them, beginning in March 2019. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one's circumstances.
More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at dmv.pa.gov.

New Law to Protect Highway Workers

As a way to help enhance safety within highway construction zones, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 172 - now Act 86 of 2018 - which will better protect construction workers along roadways.

Under the new law, automated speed enforcement cameras will be deployed as part of a five-year pilot program in active work zones along certain federal highways under PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's jurisdiction.

Motorists who exceed the speed limit by at least 11 mph when construction workers and these cameras are present will receive a written warning for the first offense, a $75 fine for the second offense and a $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. Penalties imposed will not be a criminal conviction if paid, will not reflect on an owner's driving record, and cannot be used for insurance purposes or to authorize imposition of surcharges on motor vehicle insurance coverage. Cameras could start appearing as early as the spring 2019 construction season.

In 2015, 1,900 crashes were reported within work zones, leading to 23 deaths across Pennsylvania. According to PennDOT, work zone crashes have been increasing at a rate of 5 percent annually since 2012.
For more information about highway safety, click here.
News from Around the Nation:

US existing-home sales fall to lowest since 2015 -----
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes eased in September to the weakest pace in almost three years, a sign rising prices and mortgage costs are keeping potential buyers on the sidelines, National Association of Realtors data showed recently. The sixth-straight monthly drop in sales, the longest streak since 2014, underscores what's now a challenging time in the real estate market for buyers. READ MORE

Member Benefits:

Fax your PA ONE CALL Invoices
To the BBBA office at: 814.693.9712 for payment. DO NOT pay direct. We will verify your membership status and forward to the PBA Office for payment. If you pay your invoice direct to the PA ONE CALL address - we will not be able to get reimbursement for you.

New information and websites for the different rebate programs available to builder members

 

1) National Purchasing Partners (NPP) Program - Look what's been added - Read the List Below
The NPP serves over 130,000 member organizations and is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the nation. Receive discounts from: Verizon wireless, Fastenal; Staples; Office Depot; YRC Freight; Best Buy; Sherwin-Williams; Airgas; Impac; Expedia; Legal Zoom; 1-800-flowers; LifeLock
Registration is free and easy, simply visit: https://associations.mynpp.com/myNPP/memberSavings.xhtml?guid=9707AVIR and navigate their website to see what the program is all about.

2) You can also participate in another rebate program when you make purchases through companies such as: ThermaTru Doors, ClosetMaid, Fypon, Jacuzzi, Heatilator, TimberTech, Honeywell, Velux, Bilco, Clopay and many other manufacturers. This is a member benefit that doesn't get much easier. To learn more about the program, visit the website: www.pbarebates.com (Please note this is a new website, much easier to navigate and more information.)
3) A large part of your membership is the vast amount of benefits and discounts available at each level within the federation. Be sure to take a look at all of the different opportunities offered through the NAHB Member Advantage Program - you won't find deals this good anywhere else.

NAHB Member Advantage adds 2 new savings opportunities
Two exciting member saving discount programs have joined the NAHB Member Advantage lineup. An Amazon Business account gains you access to the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products and unlocks additional business savings. The new Capital One Spark Business Card -With the Spark® Cash credit card earns members unlimited 2 percent cash back on every purchase. In addition, there's no annual fee to use your card. Click here.

Membership:

Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Ace Fix-It Hardware; B&W Construction; Brent Cogan Electrical Services, Inc.; Coldwell Banker Town and
Country Real Estate; Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center; The Home Depot; Diehl Company, LLC;
Dan Himes Construction, LLC; Harry's Construction, LLC

The BBBA has received a membership application from Curry Excavating, Inc. of Duncansville. The Board will be acting on said application at their October 30th meeting.

INSURANCE:

 

For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Builders Association has offered workers compensation insurance to its
members through a competitive group program.
This program is underwritten by Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and offers our members the following great benefits:

* Competitive Rates
* Stable Pricing
* Superior Claims Handling
* Possible Dividends
* Parallel Pay - Pay as you go billing.
* No charge for subcontractors who carry at least $300,000 in General Liability Coverage in
Pennsylvania.
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, egrimm@ekmcconkey.com or look at their website at http://www.ekmcconkey.com/pba.htm.

Also, as a member of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association you have access to the Pennsylvania Builders Association Health Care Insurance Program

For more information on the Health Care Program visit: http://www.PBIPonline.com

 


EVENTS & DATES: (Reservations are required for all events.)

~~~October - November - December Calendar of Events~~~

October 30th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's on Patchway Road
November 6th: General Membership Meeting; 6:00p Registration; US Hotel; Voting to take place for our Officers
and Directors for 2019. Reminder it is one vote per membership. Our featured speaker will be
Andrea Cohen from Lakemont Park
November 27th: Board Meeting: 5:30p @ Marzoni's on Patchway Road
December 7th: BBBA Annual Christmas Party at the US Hotel - more details to follow


**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email: info@blairbedfordbuilders.com
4. Online at http://www.blairbedfordbuilders.com/event_signup/index.php?catalogid=1

Remember, if you make a reservation for an event and do not cancel it 48-hours prior to the event, you will be billed.

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