March 17, 2021 Board Meeting Notes

The March 17, 2021 Board meeting started the meeting at exactly 11:00 a.m. via Zoom with all members attending.

No appearances were scheduled.

Three future Board meeting dates were suggested of June 16, 2021, September 15, 2021 and November 17, 2021 which were approved by all members.

Discussion took place regarding modifying what to do in the event of the loss of a contractor (rule 440-x-3-.08). It was decided to change the existing 10 day notification period to a 30 day notification period and to allow for an emergency license for up to 90 days. The director will draft a proposed rule change for the Board to vote on during the June 16, 2021 meeting.

Mrs. Bolt reported on the March 16, 2021 Investigative Committee meeting requesting that 22 cases go forward for disciplinary action. She also reported we accepted 2 consent agreements from individuals involved in unlicensed activity and 16 settlement agreements from contractors with prior disciplinary action. The Board voted unanimously to accept the committee recommendations.

Mr. Webb reported on the March 11, 2021 Education Committee meeting requesting that the Board accept approval for one new provider, 9 new courses, 3 new instructors, and 2 new curriculum providers. The Board voted unanimously to accept his recommendations.

The Board accountant presented the financial report. There was discussion regarding excess funds being distributed to the Home Builders Education Foundation. No funds have ever been distributed to the foundation by this agency. The Board’s law says the following regarding excess funds:

“All moneys, equipment, and property of the board created pursuant to Sections 34-31-1 through 34-31-17, inclusive, shall, effective July 1, 1982, be transferred to the board created in subsection (a). The board shall pay all money received under this chapter to the State Treasurer, who shall keep the money in a separate fund for the board. All money remaining at the end of the fiscal year which exceeds 25 percent of the board’s budget for the previous year shall be transferred to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Alabama Home Builders Foundation to be used exclusively for classroom training tools at educational facilities that provide heating, air conditioning and/or refrigeration curriculums to include any program approved or accredited by the State of Alabama, United States federal government, or any state or federal governmental agency or board. If, at any time, the Alabama Home Builders Foundation should lose its nonprofit status, those funds shall be transferred to the State General Fund.”

The Board ratified 114 new contractors and approved the payment of meeting expenses.

The Board adjourned at 12:14 p.m.