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Published monthly by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln Volume 50 No. 8

H g Roast at Friday, August 23

The Bridges

The Home Builders Association of Lincoln is planning its first Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation Hog Roast. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Save us a call and send your RSVP by August 16 to or call 402-423-4225.

Join us for: President’s Big Fish Challenge registration starts at 4:30 p.m.

Kids Fishing Tournament Fish ‘n Chips Contest Live Music Bounce House More info on page 5.

Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under

This event benefits the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation.

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In this issue...

• Sporting Clay Shoot Registration page 6 • NAHB & You page 12-13 • Landfill Rate Increases pages 24

President’s Message August 2013 Vol. 50, No. 8

President’s Message

Contents President’s Message 3 Upcoming Events 4 Spike Party at Ribfest 4 Hog Roast at The Bridges 5 Sporting Clay Shoot 6-7 Member News 8 HBAL Mailbox 8 Board of Directors 8 Financial Column 9 The Landscape Water Quality Project  10 Building Inspections in the 3-Mile Area around Lincoln 10 NAHB & You 12-13 Lunch is on us! 14 Mike Dynasty Membership Drive 14-15 Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District 16 Stay Healthy in the Heat 18 Proposed Stormwater Regulations 19 Build Your Business Through Education 20 Taking Charge Survey 20 High Performance Building Workshops 21 Builders Blower Door Testing Workshops 22 Renewals 23 Directory Changes 23 Cancellations 23 Landfill Rate Increases 24-25 Website & Social Media Workshop 26

Mike Rezac HBAL President Are you thinking you’re about ready for a vacation? Thankfully, there are many ways to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize. For those who may not have a family vacation or weekend getaway planned for this year, let’s consider a few options courtesy of HBAL. A few future events: •

Golf – Remodelers Golf Tournament, August 2nd

Fishing, Games, BBQ & Band – Hog Roast, August 23rd

Brain Stimulation – Building Science Training, August 27th

National Perspective – Al Trellis (speaker), September 16th

Sporting Clay Shoot – October 18th

Although I don’t mind a refreshing beverage, a little fishing or thinking about hunting later this fall, you may find sitting by the pool, reading a book or visiting with family to be more your style. Regardless of your method to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize, remember to take care of yourself. You will find yourself more ready to handle the day to day challenges of our industry! You are your best resource!

Home Builders Association of Lincoln

Executive Committee

6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 423-4225 phone • (402) 423-4251 fax •

Mike Rezac, President

Jeff Bielenberg

Mike Kinning, President Elect

National Directors

The Lincoln Business Builder is published 12 times per year by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516. The Lincoln Business Builder is mailed to all members of the HBAL.

Mike May, 1st Vice President Perry Haralson, 2nd Vice President Lori Pippitt, CKD, CGR, CAPS, Secretary Bob Bryant, Treasurer

The Home Builders Association does not accept responsibility for or endorse any statements or claims made by advertisers or authors of any articles.

Dan Klein, Sr., Immediate Past President

The annual subscription rate is included with your membership dues.

Mark Aksamit, Jess Baker, Roger Bumgarner, Ruth Hietbrink, Eric Hoke, Justin Johnson, Matt Kleinschmit, Jerry Maher, CGP, CAPS, CGB, Chuck Pfenning, Herb Reese, CGR, CAPS, Lance Roach, Ken Svoboda

Mike Benker Jennie Korth

Publisher Editor, Photographer, Design

HBAL Staff

Mike Benker, Executive Vice President

Board of Directors

Remodelers Council Dan Klein, Sr. Justin Johnson, Alternate

National Life Directors Jim Christo, CGR, CGB, Joe Hampton, Duane Helmink, John Hoppe, Jr., Ward Fred Hoppe, Joe McKee, Robert Peterson, J. Greg Schwinn, Bob Stephens, Jerry Witthuhn

Past Presidents Allen Barber, Jerry Boyce, Steve Fulton, CGP, Mike Goings, CGP, CSP, Lois Hartzell, GMB, CSP, Rick Krueger, Dan Kubr, Donn Mann, Sam Manzitto, Roger Reynolds, CGR, CAPS, Greg Shinaut, CGP, Ken Westerhold

Michaela Harrison, Jennie Korth & Melissa Hilgenkamp

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Upcoming Events | Spike Party at Ribfest

Calendar of Events Aug. 2

Remodelers Council Golf Tournament Wilderness Ridge Golf Course 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start • $65 per person

Aug. 7

Landscape Water Quality Project Presentation HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C 9:30 a.m.

Aug. 7

Board of Directors & Foundation Meetings HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C 10:30 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Aug. 8

Spike Party at Ribfest Pershing Center • 226 Centennial Mall South Call HBAL at 402-423-4225 to RSVP

Aug. 23

Hog Roast at the Bridges SW 27th & W. Denton Road 5:30 p.m. • $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under

Aug. 27

High Performance Building Workshop West Gate Bank • 60th & Old Cheney, lower level 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.

Attention HBAL Spikes! Get Ready for Summer Fun with Fellow Spikes!

Spikes “Pig Out” at Ribfest Thursday, August 8, 2013

Join your fellow Spikes at Lincoln’s largest cookout! • • • • •

Free admission for Spike & one guest $$$$ for ribs & refreshments Reserved seating for Spike Club Members Entertainment Award-winning BBQ chefs & pit bosses from around the country • Live music • Fun & conversation with other Spikes on a great summer evening 4  Lincoln Business Builder

Spikes fax this form to 402-423-4251 or RSVP to 402-423-4225 or Reservations required by August 1 so we can mail you your tickets. _____ Yes, I want to “pig out” at the Ribfest _____ Sorry, I can’t attend _____________________________________ Spike Club Member’s name & name of guest

Hog Roast at The Bridges

H g Roast at Friday, August 23

The Bridges

The Home Builders Association of Lincoln is planning its first Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation Hog Roast. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.

Event Sponsors

President’s Big Fish Challenge

Bring your fishing tackle, bait (please no minnows-shiners are okay) and $10 entry fee to see if you have what it takes to catch the big fish! Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., with the Big Fish Challenge starting at 5:00 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st ($75), 2nd ($50) and 3rd ($25) place fish. Species available include: Wipers, Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Catfish and Yellow Perch.

Kids Fishing Tournament

Bring tackle and bait for kids to partake in their own fishing contest. Prizes awarded to any child who participates. Free for kids 12 and under.

Beverage Sponsor

Fish ‘n Chips Contest

Participants can attempt to hit the floating target via fishing pole or golf club. $5 for three chips or casts. Anyone who hits the target will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards.

Live Music

Come listen to Kenny Jones and Shawn Cole starting at 7:00 p.m.

Bounce House

There will be a bounce house available for the kids starting at 5:30 p.m. and available until 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under Seating will be available for the meal under the big tent. If possible, please bring camping chairs for use outside of the tent. Volunteers are needed for the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Michaela at or 402-423-4225.

Prize Sponsor Union Title Company

Contributors Action Plumbing & Heating, Inc. & Carrier Al’s Johns Culligan Water Conditioning Dworak Plumbing Lincoln Winnelson Co. Nebraska Title Company

Save us a call and RSVP by August 16!

Raynor Doors of Nebraska

Yes, we’ll be there! _____ Adults & _____ Kids under 12

For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact the HBAL office at 402-423-4225.

Name & Company ________________________________

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Sporting Clay Shoot

Shooter Registration Please register my team for the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation’s Sporting Clay Shoot Name: Company:

Sixth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot

Phone: E-mail:

Oak Creek Sporting Club 2890 W Road • Brainard, NE

Friday, October 18, 2013 10:30 a.m. Check-in & Side Games Begin 12:30 p.m. Rules & Regulations

(must be present in order to shoot)

Don’t have a full team? No problem! We’ll team you up! l My other team members are:

1:00 p.m. Shoot

4:30 p.m. BBQ

l Enclosed is $65 per shooter. Pre-payment is required to shoot.

• “Shot Gun” start at 1:00 p.m. • Cost is $65 per shooter and includes 100 rounds (12 gauge) per person, course fees and BBQ. • Bring 12 gauge shot gun (limited number available at club house if needed). • Eye protection and ear plugs required (available at club house if needed). • Must be present at 12:30 p.m. for Rules & Regulations to shoot. • Teams of approximately 5 will complete the 15-station course shooting “true pairs,” “report pairs,” etc. • Prizes will be awarded during BBQ following the shoot. • Warm-up Trap and Novice Lessons available starting at 10:30 a.m. • Dress appropriately for the weather and lots of walking. • No alcoholic beverages allowed.

The proceeds from this event will go to the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation. Its mission is to support the educational and charitable activities of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. The Foundation strives to support the community by contributing to community service projects focused on housing, as well as providing scholarships for students pursuing a career related to the building industry, and providing funding for other industry related educational and research programs. Gifts are tax deductible to this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 6  Lincoln Business Builder

Sponsorship Registration Yes! I would like to be a: l BBQ Sponsor........................................... $400 l Target & Ammo Sponsor.......................... $300 l Elite Station Sponsor................................. $200 l Station Sponsor........................................ $100

l Prize Sponsor............................................. $75

Name: Company: E-mail: Total Amount Due: $ Deadline for Sponsorships is August 15, 2013 or until all sponsorships are filled. Send registration form and check made payable to: Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C • Lincoln, NE 68516 Fax: 402-423-4251 • Email: Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Jennie at 402-423-4225 or if interested.

Sporting Clay Shoot

Elite Station Sponsors

Home Lending Team

(as of 7/29/13)

Scott Williamson

Adam Flanagan

Matt Fuller Marla Stahl

Denise Spencer

Station Sponsors 84 Lumber Christensen Lumber Co. Nebraska Furniture Mart

Prize Sponsors

Bielenberg Builders, Inc. Lincoln Winlectric Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Nebraska Title Co. Oak Creek Sporting Club Union Title Co.

Sponsorship Levels BBQ Sponsor..............................................$400 • • • • •

Sponsor sign featuring company name or logo at clubhouse Company name or logo on score cards Station Sponsorship 1/4 page ad in the Lincoln Business Builder for three months (a $300 value) Recognition in the Lincoln Business Builder and in event promotions

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Target & Ammo Sponsor.............................$300 • • • •

Sponsor sign featuring company name or logo at clubhouse Company name or logo on score cards Station Sponsorship Recognition in the Lincoln Business Builder and in event promotions

Elite Station Sponsor...................................$200 • •

Exclusive sponsorship at station Display space at station to showcase equipment, vehicle or other products may be possible • Sponsor sign featuring company name or logo on designated station and at clubhouse • Recognition in the Lincoln Business Builder Representation is encouraged to meet and greet the shooters and keep score at that station.

Station Sponsor...........................................$100 •

Sponsor sign featuring company name on designated station and at clubhouse • Recognition in the Lincoln Business Builder Representation is encouraged to meet and greet the shooters and keep score at that station.

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Prize Sponsor.................$75 (or equivalent value in prizes) • • •

Prizes will be purchased in your name to be given away at the BBQ Sponsor sign featuring company name at clubhouse Recognition in the Lincoln Business Builder

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Member News | HBAL Mailbox | Board of Directors

Member News Thinking of You Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry Boyce, Boyce Construction, Inc., as he recovers from recent surgery.

In Sympathy Our sympathy to Anne & Dan Kubr, Vantage Pointe Homes, Inc., on the death of Anne’s father, William Reiter. Our sympathy to Lenette & Greg Schwinn, Schwinn Homes, LLC, on the death of Greg’s mother, Margaret Lennon, who passed away on July 6. Our sympathy to Katie & Herb Reese, Reese Construction, Inc., and Jerry & Mary Pat Waite-Ficke, Home Real Estate, on the death of Herb and Mary Pat’s mother, Mary Virginia “Ginny” Reese, who passed away on June 30. Ginny was also the mother-in-law of Gene Brake, Home Real Estate.


Hayley Rezac & Jake Lane Hayley is the daughter of Mike & Bobbi Rezac, Rezac Construction, Inc., and Jake works for Raynor Doors of Nebraska.

HBAL Mailbox I would like to thank the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation for the $100 Nadine Condello Home Builders Care Foundation scholarship. This scholarship will help me to financially pay for this summer quarter at SCC Milford. I am currently in the Architectural Engineering program and have just started my third quarter. I am living in Lincoln with a few buddies for the duration of school. I will graduate in June of 2014 and will most likely be moving to Omaha to work or possibly staying in Lincoln to work for Olsson and Associates. I greatly appreciate what the Home Builders Association of Lincoln does for students going through college. Keep up the great work, it truly doesn’t go unnoticed! Thanks again, Jarred Doggett

Thank you so much for your generous scholarship. The money will help tremendously with helping pay for my tuition at Southeast Community College. It is great that the Home Builders Care Foundation helps out the students at SCC. It is very much appreciated. After I graduate from SCC, I plan on getting some kind of cabinetry work in Lincoln, NE. If the cabinetry job doesn’t work out right after I graduate, I have been taking on small furniture jobs at my home in Crete, NE. My next option would be to take that to the next level and start building more furniture for people in Crete that I know. Again, thank you for your helpful scholarship. Sincerely, Mike Dewey

Calling All Members!

The HBAL 2014 Board needs you! Hone a skill set that will aid you in your business, be involved in the decision making process here at HBAL and make a difference for your trade. If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2014 HBAL Board of Directors or on a HBAL Committee, please contact Mike Benker at 402-423-4225 Hayley & Jake were married June 8, 2013. 8  Lincoln Business Builder

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Financial Column

Eleven Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market

Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It’s useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility. Here are 11 ways to help keep yourself from making hasty decisions that could have a long-term impact on your ability to achieve your financial goals.

1. Have a game plan

Having predetermined guidelines that recognize the potential for turbulent times can help prevent emotion from dictating your decisions. For example, you might take a core-and-satellite approach, combining the use of buy-andhold principles for the bulk of your portfolio with tactical investing based on a shorter-term market outlook. You also can use diversification to try to offset the risks of certain holdings with those of others. Diversification may not ensure a profit or guarantee against a loss, but it can help you understand and balance your risk in advance. And if you’re an active investor, a trading discipline can help you stick to a long-term strategy. For example, you might determine in advance that you will take profits when a security or index rises by a certain percentage, and buy when it has fallen by a set percentage.

2. Know what you own and why you own it

When the market goes off the tracks, knowing why you originally made a specific investment can help you evaluate whether your reasons still hold, regardless of what the overall market is doing. Understanding how a specific holding fits in your portfolio also can help you consider whether a lower price might actually represent a buying opportunity. And if you don’t understand why a security is in your portfolio, find out. That knowledge can be particularly important when the market goes south, especially if you’re considering replacing your current holding with another investment.

3. Remember that everything’s relative

Most of the variance in the returns of different portfolios can generally be attributed to their asset allocations. If you’ve got a well-diversified portfolio that includes multiple asset classes, it could be useful to compare its overall performance to relevant benchmarks. If you find that your investments are performing in line with those benchmarks, that realization might help you feel better about your overall strategy. Even a diversified portfolio is no guarantee that you won’t suffer losses, of course. But diversification means that just because the S&P 500 might have dropped 10% or 20% doesn’t necessarily mean your overall portfolio is down by the same amount.

4. Tell yourself that this too shall pass

The financial markets are historically cyclical. Even if you wish you had sold at what turned out to be a market peak, or regret having sat out a buying opportunity, you may well get another chance at some point. Even if you’re considering changes, a volatile market can be an inopportune time to turn your portfolio inside out. A wellthought-out asset allocation is still the basis of good investment planning.

9. Remember your road map

Solid asset allocation is the basis of sound investing. One of the reasons a diversified portfolio is so important is that strong performance of some investments may help offset poor performance by others. Even with an appropriate asset allocation, some parts of a portfolio may struggle at any given time. Timing the market can be challenging under the best of circumstances; wildly volatile markets can magnify the impact of making a wrong decision just as the market is about to move in an unexpected direction, either up or down. Make sure your asset allocation is appropriate before making drastic changes.

10. Look in the rear-view mirror

If you’re investing long-term, sometimes it helps to take a look back and see how far you’ve come. If your portfolio is down this year, it can be easy to forget any progress you may already have made over the years. Though past performance is no guarantee of future returns, of course, the stock market’s long-term direction has historically been up. With stocks, it’s important to remember that having an investing strategy is only half the battle; the other half is being able to stick to it. Even if you’re able to avoid losses by being out of the market, will you know when to get back in? If patience has helped you build a nest egg, it just might be useful now, too.

11. Take it easy

If you feel you need to make changes in your portfolio, there are ways to do so short of a total makeover. You could test the waters by redirecting a small percentage of one asset class into another. You could put any new money into investments you feel are well-positioned for the future but leave the rest as is. You could set a stop-loss order to prevent an investment from falling below a certain level, or have an informal threshold below which you will not allow an investment to fall before selling. Even if you need or want to adjust your portfolio during a period of turmoil, those changes can--and probably should--happen in gradual steps. Taking gradual steps is one way to spread your risk over time as well as over a variety of asset classes. Remember that while they’re sound strategies, diversification, asset allocation, and dollar-cost averaging can’t guarantee a profit or eliminate the possibility of loss. The article is written by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc., but is provided by Brian W. Willet. It is meant to be used for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Please consult with your tax, legal and financial advisor prior to making financial decisions. Insurance products are offered through insurance companies with which Waddell & Reed has sales arrangements. Copyright 2013 - Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc., all rights reserved. Waddell & Reed and Broadridge Investor Communications Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. Brian W. Willet is a District Manager with Waddell & Reed in Lincoln, NE and can be reached at 402-484-7526. Waddell & Reed, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC

5. Be willing to learn from your mistakes

Anyone can look good during bull markets; smart investors are produced by the inevitable rough patches. Even the best aren’t right all the time. If an earlier choice now seems rash, sometimes the best strategy is to take a tax loss, learn from the experience, and apply the lesson to future decisions. Expert help can prepare you and your portfolio to both weather and take advantage of the market’s ups and downs.

6. Consider playing defense

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7. Stay on course by continuing to save

Even if the value of your holdings fluctuates, regularly adding to an account designed for a long-term goal may cushion the emotional impact of market swings. If losses are offset even in part by new savings, your bottom-line number might not be quite so discouraging. If you’re using dollar-cost averaging--investing a specific amount regularly regardless of fluctuating price levels--you may be getting a bargain by buying when prices are down. However, dollar-cost averaging can’t guarantee a profit or protect against a loss. Also, consider your ability to continue purchases through market slumps; systematic investing doesn’t work if you stop when prices are down. Finally, remember that your return and principal value will fluctuate with changes in market conditions, and shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when you sell them.

8. Use cash to help manage your mindset

Cash can be the financial equivalent of taking deep breaths to relax. It can enhance your ability to make thoughtful decisions instead of impulsive ones. If you’ve established an appropriate asset allocation, you should have resources on hand to prevent having to sell stocks to meet ordinary expenses or, if you’ve used leverage, a margin call. Having a cash cushion coupled with a disciplined investing strategy can change your perspective on market volatility. Knowing that you’re positioned to take advantage of a downturn by picking up bargains may increase your ability to be patient.

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The Landscape Water Quality Project | Building Inspections in the 3-Mile Area around Lincoln

The Landscape Water Quality Project Last year, the City of Lincoln experienced a record drought that threatened our water supply. Not since the drought of 1955 had we seen river flows so low. As a result of that year’s extreme drought, Lincoln’s 260,000 residents were placed under mandatory water restrictions trading city services—adequate drinking water and fire protection—for brown lawns. Gone were their residential lawns—the living spaces for playing football or capture the flag. Fortunately, science and technology have come a long way in improving soils and vegetation to provide homeowners a lower maintenance lawn. The lawns are hardier, greener longer and healthier as they require less pesticide and fertilizer use, which ultimately saves the homeowner thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their ownership. Homeowners have a choice, they can keep repairing their lawns, without ever fixing the problem or they can get at the root of the problem by taking advantage of the City of Lincoln’s cost-share program. Currently, the City is offering a cost share grant program, ‘The Landscape Water Quality Project,’ to promote landscapes that increase stormwater infiltration and decrease watering and chemical use. The grant program offers 50 percent of recouped cost up to $2,000 per property for projects that improve soil quality, seeding/reseeding lawns, and rain gardens. A few of the reimbursable expenses are: • Soil amendments • Shredded hardwood mulch • Native or hardy plants (would include lawn seeding or re-seeding with deep rooting grasses)

• Gutter, drain tile or stone used to convey water to rain garden or rain water catchment system • Equipment rentals • Design and installation labor performed by a landscaper • Soil ripping An application prior to starting the project needs to be submitted and approved by the City. Also, a subsequent agreement needs to be approved prior to any reimbursements. The application is available at, keyword ‘landscape.’ As many builders are in a position to hire to install a lawn that will be maintained by the buyer, it would be advantageous to show the decision upfront to install the ‘hardier lawn’ versus the traditional lawn of the past. Homeowners with these low maintenance lawns will continually reap its benefits of increased savings in time and money. The trade for the minimal investment will be, less time taking care of the yard and more time enjoying it.

For more information, join us for a

Landscape Water Quality Project Presentation Wednesday, August 7 • 9:30 a.m. HBAL • 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C

Building Inspections in the 3-Mile Area around Lincoln On September 5, 2013, the Building and Safety Department is responsible for taking permits and making inspections on 20+ acre residences in the three-mile zone around the City. The code is going into effect 90-days after the closing of the legislative session.


During the 2013 legislative session, LB88 had a legislative hearing with no opposition to the bill. When the bill came up on the floor of the Legislature for its first round debate, several farm groups opposed the bill. The City and senator McGill met with representatives of those farm groups and a compromise emerged.

The amendment established that the City can inspect all buildings within the three mile zone, except for “construction on farms for farm purposes.” This amendment has the benefit of using the same language as the statute dealing with the three mile zone around Omaha and allows the City to inspect outbuildings on acreages that are not used for farm purposes. Senators approved Senator McGill’s LB88 to insure that non-farm buildings comply with the same code requirements as those in effect in the City. Currently the State Electrical Code was in effect on these properties; now building, mechanical, and plumbing permits and inspections will be required on September 5th.

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NAHB & You

NAHB Membership Benefits NAHB members get the very best information, advocacy, education and networking opportunities in their membership! When you joined HBAL, you automatically became a full member at the national level. NAHB offers plenty of resources to help each member make the most of this investment and connect with the benefits they value most.

What’s inside membership...

Government Services and Programs

to help you defeat excessive regulations and defend affordable housing initiatives (Advocacy, Legal Services, BuildPAC) on Capitol Hill, in your state and in the communities where you do business. That puts money and time back in your pocket! Plus, NAHB members are kept informed with prompt regulatory and legislative alerts.

Critical News and Information

through enewsletters, listservs, online publications, exclusive website content, bulletins and special reports. For more than 60 years NAHB has been the nation’s leading source for housing industry information. Up-to-date information, when you want it, how you want it!

Nationally Recognized Educational Programs

Invaluable Networking Opportunities

with more than 140,000 members from all areas of the industry, NAHB is a one-stop networking shop! From local networking receptions and monthly membership meetings to regional trade shows, national committees and specialinterest councils, NAHB provides hundreds of ways for you to meet and build relationships with fellow professionals, future customers and suppliers.

that give you the tools to gain an edge in the industry. In our competitive marketplace, differentiation is the key to success and NAHB’s nationally recognized education programs offer just that. NAHB Education offers hundreds of educational programs through conferences, courses (both traditional classroom and online) and Webinars. No matter what your specialty is, NAHB has the curriculum, instructors and prestige to boost your success. Learn how to reduce costs, increase your profit margins and effectively deal with today’s toughest issues through NAHB Education.

Access to NAHB’s Team of Expert Advisors

who can address your specific business questions. When you become an NAHB member, you get instant access to our distinguished economists, tax experts, legal research staff, business management consultants, financial experts and regulatory and technical specialists.

Exposure to the Latest Building Products and Services

through direct contact with industry vendors. As an NAHB member, you attend NAHB’s trade shows and expositions at a low member price and get a first-hand look at all the latest products and services. The International Builders’ Show™ (IBS) is a business-building experience like no other.

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Valuable through NAHB’s Member Program. Your Member Advantage membership entitles you to Discounts discounts on vehicles, shipping, computers, car rentals, office supplies and more. Participating nationally known companies include GM, FedEx, Office Depot, Dell, and Hertz, to name a few. NAHB’s purchasing power means big savings!

Professional Recognition

through a multitude of NAHB groups. Members can enhance their professional credibility and visibility by belonging to one of the nation’s most highly respected and widely known trade associations. Not sure how to do that? Get involved. Join a committee. Join a council. Attend your membership meetings. Become a Spike. Teach a class. Work on a community service project. Become a Congressional Contact. Do just one of these and you will see, professional recognition comes easy when you get involved!

HBAL Members join the 140,000+ industry professionals who are dedicated to the housing industry. Whether you’re a multifamily or custom builder, a remodeler or a supplier, NAHB membership provides the tools you need to succeed!

NAHB & You

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

NAHB Priorities

Protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Resolve Foreclosure and Appraisal Problems

#6 #7 #8 #9 #10

Ensure an Adequate Supply of Reasonably Priced Credit for New Home Production Recognize Housing’s Important Role to the Economy

Maintain Federal Support for Housing Finance System

Defend the Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Preserve Affordable Downpayments and Mortgages

Fight Onerous Regulations that Hurt Home Builders, Remodelers and Consumers

Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Use All Legal Means Necessary to Protect Property Rights

To read more about NAHB’s priorities, go to You can also get the latest talking 1/2/13 3:11 PM Page 2 points on housing issues and most recent report on what NAHB is doing to aid the housing recovery.

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Membership Drive | Lunch is on us!

Do you know someone who is not an HBAL member but would benefit from a healthy housing industry? Would you like the chance to win up to $500 CASH? Do you enjoy the show “Duck Dynasty” and watch it religiously? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we would love to have you be a part of the Mike Dynasty Membership Drive! See the Mike Dynasty Membership Drive page for more information. Congratulations to

Lunch is on us!

Jason Cunningham, Eagle 1st Roofing & Construction on winning the July drawing! We will be in touch to make plans for your free lunch!

Increase Your Chance to Win!

All HBAL members are entered to win the monthly drawing, but you can increase your chances by • dropping your business card in the designated bucket at the HBAL office or an HBAL event • visit the Mike Dynasty Membership Drive* page on and click on the Mike Dynasty logo

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Mike Dynasty Membership Drive

Team Mike1 Alan Sutton (1) • Campbell Construction New Homes, Inc. Donna Youngquist (1) • Erickson Homes Linda Potter (1) • Hoback Custom Homes Steve Champoux (1) • Legacy Homes Jerry Boyce (1) • Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity Mike Kinning (2) • X Foundations, LLC • Cory Reimnitz - Mutual of Omaha

Team Mike2

Membership Prizes 1st Place Prize

$50 per new member recruited up to $500

2nd Place Prize

$40 per new member recruited up to $400

Vladimir Oulianov (4) • DeRun Construction and Homes, Inc. • Dun-Rite Homes, Inc. • Geysun Style Homes, Inc. • Manion Construction, Inc. Pat Ohmberger (1) • Legacy Construction Terry Kraft (1) • Prudential Ambassador Real Estate

3rd Place Prize

$30 per new member recruited up to $300

Bonus Prize

$100 for the first 10 members who recruit 10 new members Membership contest runs from January 1, 2013 to November 11, 2013. For complete rules or to find out which team you’re on, contact HBAL at 402-423-4225.

Current Standings 1st Place

Vladimir Oulianov New Members: 4 x $50 = Potential prize winnings: $200

2nd Place

3-way tie for 2nd Place New Members: 2 x $40 = Potential prize winnings:

$80 or $26.66 per winner 3rd Place

14-way tie for 3rd Place New Members: 1 x $30 = Potential prize winnings:

$30 or $2.14 per winner

$250 Participation Award Participate in the most HBAL or Remodelers Council meetings and events and receive $250 in cash! Contest runs April 15, 2013 to December 12, 2013. In case of a tie, the cash prize will be distributed evenly among the winners. Volunteering for or paying to attend/ participate in an event qualifies as an entry in this contest.

Lunch is on us! Each month one lucky HBAL member will receive a free lunch on us! Lunch will be brought to your office or jobsite by a member of the HBAL staff or Membership Committee. One drawing will be held each month from April 11, 2013 to December 12, 2013. Additional chances can be obtained by filling out an entry form or dropping your business card at an HBAL or Remodelers Council meeting or event or at the HBAL office. Only one entry per person per meeting/event.

Team Mike3 Stephanie Krueger-Ponce (1) • A & G Concrete Fred Hoppe (1) • DLR Group Mark Lewis (1) • Entity Designs Justin Johnson (2) • Holz Lawn & Landscaping • The Hoppe Law Firm Jim Crawford (1) • James Moock, CPA Brian Hester (1) • Trademark Builders Pat Mooberry (1) • Willow Ridge Builders Mike Rezac (2) • Big Red Tire Pros • Swanson Russell

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Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District

Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District While everyone else is focusing on the headline-grabbing cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, many have missed the (lesserreported) ruling which is great news for our members. On June 25, the Supreme Court issued an opinion that affects the conditions which governments try to impose on developers and builders in order to get a permit. The case is Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, and the opinion is available at: NAHB led a coalition of 16 associations which filed an amicus brief explaining to the Court that governments must not be allowed to extort money from property owners who wish to use their land. The Supreme Court actually used the word “extortion” several times in describing how governmental entities often treat developers! In the Koontz case, a developer owned about 15 acres of land in Florida. He sought to develop nearly 4 acres and to grant a conservation easement over the remaining 11 acres to a water management district in order to accommodate wetland concerns. The district did not accept his offer. The district told him that he could only develop ONE acre and that he would have to grant a conservation easement over the remaining 14 acres. OR they would allow him to develop his 4 acres as originally planned if he would hire contractors to make improvements to 50 acres of government owned land several miles away.

The Supreme Court said “yes” to both of these questions. The case deals with “exactions” which are essentially conditions that the government puts on developers, and in exchange, the government will grant a development permit. Since the late 1980s, the Supreme Court has held that exactions must have a “nexus” to a legitimate governmental purpose and must be “roughly proportionate” to the impacts of the project. This is known as the Nollan/Dolan test, named after two Supreme Court cases. But the Nollan/Dolan test had never been applied to the denial of a permit or for the requirement that the developer spend extra money elsewhere to get the permit. This case sends a message to governmental entities at all levels that the conditions they place on granting of permits (or other zoning and planning), must be closely tied to the project and tied to a legitimate governmental purpose, and that the protections extended to private property owners would be broadly interpreted. This is a HUGE victory for our members and for all fans of private property rights. Spread the word and make sure you give kudos to the NAHB legal staff and Legal Action Committee. Their hard work on this cannot be overstated.

When the developer sued the water district, there were two unanswered questions: First, could the developer even sue since the permit was denied (versus a situation where the permit was granted with onerous conditions? Second, can the developer sue when the government is asking him to spend money somewhere else (versus putting conditions on his own property) in order to get a permit?

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• Outdoor Firepits • Paving Stones • Stone Veneers • Brick

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Stay Healthy in the Heat

Stay Healthy in the Heat

A worker began installing a roof one hot sunny morning. Two hours later, he complained of feeling ill and vomited. He continued working. At 3:00 p.m., when he climbed down the ladder, he was confused and unsteady. He missed a step and fell. He was taken to the hospital and later died. His body temperature was 108 degrees. Hot weather is here. When you are working outside, extreme heat is not only uncomfortable…it can kill. In 2011, thousands of workers in the United States got sick from exposure to heat on the job, and more than 60 workers died. These illnesses and deaths were preventable.

If you feel any of the symptoms of heat-related illness, or you see a coworker in distress, tell your supervisor right away. OSHA CAN HELP. Visit for worker fact sheets, worksite posters, and other resources on preventing heat illness, in both English and Spanish. If you have questions, call OSHA. It’s confidential. Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or visit to learn more about heat illness.


Heat illness can be prevented. Remember these three things: water, rest, and shade. • WATER: Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. A good rule of thumb is to drink 4 cups of water every hour. It is best to drink a small amount of water every 15 minutes.

The work can’t get done without them.

• REST: Rest breaks help your body recover. • SHADE: Resting in the shade or in air-conditioning helps you cool down.


Here are some other ways you can prevent illness from the heat: • Report symptoms of heat illness right away. • Wear light-colored cotton clothing. • Wear a hat. • Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. • Watch out for your coworkers. • Know where you are working in case you need to call 911. While you are waiting for help…

Heat Safety Supervisor’s Daily Checklist Water • Is there plenty of fresh, cool drinking water located as close as possible to the workers?

• You can help a co-worker in distress while you are waiting for help to arrive:

• Is there a plan for refilling water coolers throughout the day?

• Move the worker to a cool, shady area.

• Is a shade structure available at all times (regardless of the weather) for workers to rest and cool down?

• Loosen the person’s clothing.

• Is the shade structure up and ready when the weather forecast is 85ºF or higher?

• Fan air on the worker.

• Do you have a plan in place for checking the weather forecast?

• Apply cool water or ice packs to his or her skin.


Shade and reSt

These simple steps could save a person’s life.

• Have workers been trained to recognize and prevent heat illness BEFORE they start working outdoors?


• Can workers identify symptoms of heat illness?

It’s important to know the signs of heat-related illness—acting quickly can save lives.

• Is there a special plan in place to allow workers to get used to the heat?

emergency Plan

• Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. Usually, when your body builds up heat, you sweat to get rid of the extra heat. With heat stroke, your body can’t cool down. The symptoms include: confusion, fainting, seizures, very high body temperature and hot, dry skin or profuse sweating. HEAT STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. CALL 911 if a coworker shows any signs of heat stroke.

• Does everyone know who to notify if there is an emergency?

• Heat exhaustion happens when your body loses too much water and salt through sweating. Symptoms may include: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, thirst and heavy sweating.

• Look out for one another and immediately report any symptoms?

• Heat fatigue, heat cramps, and heat rash are less serious, but they are still signs of over exposure to heat.

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• Can workers explain their location if they need to call an ambulance? • Does everyone know who will provide first aid?

Worker reminderS Have workers been reminded to: • Drink water frequently? • Rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes as needed?

The work can’ t get done without them.

Proposed Stormwater Regulations

Proposed Stormwater Regulations

The City of Lincoln is proposing adoption of new ordinances to regulate stormwater runoff. The regulations are intended to improve the quality of stormwater (i.e. reduce the contaminants in stormwater) before it reaches our creeks and streams. However, these new requirements do not establish criteria to measure the intended water quality improvements, have the potential to delay the building and permitting process, achieve small benefit at great expense, create unnecessary maintenance issues and eliminate flexibility and creativity in improving the quality of stormwater runoff. In 1972 Congress passed the Clean Water Act to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” Under this act cities must hold a permit (MS4) which requires them to regulate pollutants which flow into streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Instead of regulating the pollutants in stormwater the EPA now regulates stormwater itself as a pollutant and is requiring cities to establish regulations limiting the flow of stormwater into other bodies of water. To this date the EPA has not established standards of stormwater cleanliness and at least one federal court has determined that stormwater is not a pollutant that the EPA can regulate.

Responding to the threat of federal regulatory requirements, the City of Lincoln created the “Mayor’s Clean Water Program Task Force” to provide feedback to city staff as they developed stormwater management regulations in response to EPA requirements. The Committee listened to staff presentations and proposals before debating and voting upon a final report. The purpose of this report was to provide guidance to the staff as they developed stormwater requirements. Once the report was issued City staff developed draft “Regulations for Post Construction Stormwater Management.” The proposed requirements will apply to all development and redevelopment projects of one acre or larger within Lincoln city limits and its extra territorial jurisdiction. It will require new developments and redevelopments to include stormwater

management structures capable of detaining a 90th% rainfall event and 80th% rainfall event respectively. Less stringent standards were designated for redevelopment projects due to space requirements and the immense cost of retrofitting a project with stormwater management structures. Acceptable structures include: • Green Roofs • Rain gardens • Permeable Pavement • Bioswales • Constructed Wetland Ponds • Retention Ponds • Underground screening and • Extended Detention Basins filtration As a result of mandating structural requirements the ordinances necessitate several legal and reporting requirements as well as penalties for failing to comply. These include: • A Post Construction Stormwater Management Plan (PCSMP) be approved by the Director of Public Works and Utilities as a prerequisite to approval of any planning application (preliminary plat, special permit, zoning change, etc.) • A PCSMP be approved by the Director of Public Works and Utilities as a prerequisite to obtaining a building permit • The owner of the property (developer, home owners association, etc.) is responsible for maintenance, inspection, and submitting an annual report of inspection results to the Director of Public Works and Utilities • The Director of Public Works and Utilities and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District may enter the property to inspect • The City is responsible for replacement of stormwater management structures solely at its discretion • Owners who fail to maintain stormwater management structures are punishable by a misdemeanor and a fine of $100 to $500 per day These proposed ordinances are scheduled to go before the Lincoln City Council at the end of August.

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Build Your Business Through Education | Taking Charge Survey

Build Your Business Through Education

Mark your calendar for these upcoming educational events... High Performance Building Workshop Tuesday, August 27 See page 21 for more information

Website & Social Media Workshop Tuesday, September 24


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See page 26 for more information

Prep Class for ICC Exams October (date TBD) Business & Marketing Bootcamp Monday & Tuesday, November 11 & 12 Watch upcoming Business Builders for more information

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• U-Kart Ready-Mix • Concrete Block • Mulch • Lennox Fireplaces

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Through Education Taking Charge Survey Mayor Chris Beutler is encouraging all residents to take a new online survey at to share their ideas on City programs and spending. The survey is part of the Taking Charge initiative, which Beutler credits with helping the City develop the consensus needed to move forward. The online survey includes three sections: • rank the City’s eight outcome areas - safety and security, efficient transportation, healthy and productive people, livable neighborhoods, accountable government, economic opportunity, Identity Lincoln and environmental quality • evaluate the City’s success in achieving the goals in each outcome area • give valuable feedback on a variety of topics, including overall City performance and the City’s energy programs More information on the Taking Charge process is available at (keyword: taking charge).

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• Solving problems for contractors with Icynene foam since 1995. • Spray foam is only as good as the installers. • Both open cell and closed cell insulation available.

Contact Rick McConnell

402-643-2340 or 402-641-1254

High Performance Building Workshops

For All Home Builders...

High Performance, not Hype! High-performance home builders are often stuck in a gray area between innovation and risk; caught between a commitment to build high-performance homes, and the responsibility to ensure homes still perform their most basic functions without creating problems — or liabilities. The Energy Office invites you to a Building Science Training presented by Matt Belcher of Verdatek Solutions and the University of Missouri’s Center for Sustainable Energy that will provide builders with information on: • Building Envelope Performance and Material Options • Building Equipment Performance and Specifications • Code Level and Above Code Level Applications • New Construction and Renovation of Existing Building Applications • Business Cases in High Performance for Builders and Remodelers Open to all builders regardless of home builder association.

The High Performance Building Workshops August 27, 2013 • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Lincoln, West Gate Bank, 6003 Old Cheney Road, Lower Level Check-in begins at 12:30 PM.

August 28, 2013, • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Omaha, MOBA, 4141 N 156th St., Conference Room Check-in begins at 12:30 PM.

Seating is LIMITED. Registration is FREE, but is REQUIRED. To register, send the following information to or • Name: • Location (street) address: • City: • Zip Code: • County: • Phone Number: • Email Address: The cost of these trainings is being underwritten by the U.S. Department of Energy grant number DE-FG26-08NT05551. If you need additional information please contact Lynn Chamberlin, 402-471-3358 or Danielle Jensen, 402-471-3360. 21  Lincoln Business Builder

Builders Blower Door Testing Workshops

For All Builders...

What is Blower Door Testing and Why Should I Test My Homes? The Energy Office invites you to a training that will help builders learn how to ensure that their clients buildings are free of drafts and are protected from future moisture concerns. Attendees will learn: • What Blower Door Testing Involves • How a Building’s Air Barriers Work • What the Numbers Mean • Ways to Reduce Infiltration in your Homes • What Other Types of Pressure Testing Can be Completed and What They Mean Open to all builders regardless of homebuilder association.

The Builders Blower Door Testing Workshops September 17, 2013 • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Columbus, Loup Power District, 2404 15th St., Mural Room

Check-in begins at 12:30 PM. Lunch is Provided for the Columbus Workshop.

September 18, 2013 • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Omaha, MOBA, 4141 N 156th St., Conference Room Check-in begins at 12:30 PM.

Seating is LIMITED. Registration is FREE, but is REQUIRED. To register, send the following information to or • Name: • Location (street) address: • City: • Zip Code: • County: • Phone Number: • Email Address:

The cost of these trainings is being underwritten by the U.S. Department of Energy grant number DE-FG26-08NT05551. If you need additional information please contact Lynn Chamberlin, 402-471-3358 or Danielle Jensen, 402-471-3360. 22  Lincoln Business Builder

Renewals | Directory Changes | Cancellations

Directory Changes

Thanks for Renewing Your Membership!

(Please allow 60 days for names to appear on this list.)

• Derek Zimmerman replaces Peter Katt as the affiliate member for Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP. Email:

A1 Cabinet & Granite, 1 year Artz & Sons Construction, 12 years Bonsall Pool & Spa, 27 years Bugbee Homes, 11 years The Cleaning Ladies, 14 years Contractors Siding & Window Supply, 20 years Dallman Drywall, Inc., 14 years Elite Fencing, LLC, 1 year Hunt Irrigation, Inc., 15 years Illuminations Lighting, Inc., 6 years John Henry’s Plumbing, Htg. & A/C, 13 years Keystone Homes, 13 years Land Escapes, Inc., 6 years Lawnscape, Inc., 4 years Lincoln Lighting Center, 37 years Miller Landscapes & Construction, Inc., 19 years Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc., 6 years Nebraska Nursery & Color Gardens, 14 years NECO Security, 7 years New Ventures, Inc., 27 years Olsson Associates, 20 years Prairie Gold Housing, Inc., 9 years Prairie Home Builders, Inc., 23 years Reams Sprinkler Supply Co., 21 years Regal Building Systems, Inc., 20 years Schwinn Homes, LLC, 31 years Smetter Custom Homes, 6 years Stephens & Smith Construction Co., 41 years Union Bank & Trust Co., 24 years


• New address for Hoback Custom Homes is 6601 S. 86th Street, Lincoln, NE 69526-6042

Sorry to See You Go! If you see your company listed below, contact HBAL at 402-423-4225 to renew your membership TODAY!

Edward Jones Investments Hofeling Enterprises, Inc. Natural Light Co. Point Source Environmental

The GM trucks you need. Now at the price you want. NAHB members can receive a $500 private offer1 toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles for business or personal use. Just visit your local Chevrolet or Buick/ GMC dealer, choose an eligible vehicle and present your NAHB proof of membership. Then stack this offer with additional incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program2 and Business Choice.3 Plus, ask your dealer about the all-new 2-Year/30,000Mile Business Maintenance Plan.4 For private offer details, visit Example savings on a Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD:

500 + $3,500 + $1,000 $5,000


NAHB Private Offer1

National Fleet Purchase Program (FVX)2

Accessory Cash Allowance3

In potential value

Offer valid toward the purchase or lease of eligible 2012, 2013 and 2014 model year GM passenger cars, vans, SUVs and truck models. Excludes: Chevrolet Caprice, Captiva Sport, Volt; all Cadillac models. Not available with some other offers. Not valid on prior purchases. Program subject to change without notice. See dealer for details. Take delivery by 1/3/14. 2 Offer eligible for non-CAP customers only through 12/31/13. See dealer for details. 3 To qualify, vehicles must be used in the day-to-day operation of the business and not solely for transportation purposes. Must provide proof of business. Visit or your Chevrolet or GMC dealer for details. Take delivery by 9/30/13. 4 According to your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule for up to two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Covers six oil changes for gasoline engines and four oil changes for diesel. Extra charge may apply for dual rear wheel tire rotations. See participating dealer for restrictions and complete details. ©2013 General Motors. All rights reserved. 13-00057-007 (1/2013) 1


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Landfill Rate Increases

Landfill Rate Increases


The July 17, 2012 article in the Lincoln Journal Star titled, “Water rates may get bump” by Nancy Hicks also shared the 19.3% increase in fees for landfill operations to begin September 1, 2013. The effects of the August 8, 2012 City Council vote are just about to begin. The City of Lincoln’s proposed budget shows a $4 fee increase to $25 per ton for landfill operations. This is $2 per ton towards the tonnage of refuse and $2 per ton towards the occupation tax. Although this only affects the average customer approximately 92 cents per month, builders, remodelers and anyone using roll-off on jobsites will need to plan accordingly.

See the complete list of rates, fees and other charges going into effect September 1 on the following page. As you hear about the possibility of mandatory recycling for contractors as part of the proposed Solid Waste Management Program, consider having to submit a recycling plan before a building permit is issued and multiple roll-offs on each of your jobsites all at the same time or creating one with dividers. There will be an opportunity for you to express your thoughts at a public meeting on Tuesday, August 13th (watch your email for more details). Comments and input can be shared at anytime via

Local service for the life of your mortgage loan. At Cornhusker Bank, we believe when you come to us for a mortgage loan, you expect to continue to work with us well beyond closing. This is why we offer to service your mortgage right here in Lincoln.*

Life is good when banking is simple. Stop by, call, or visit us online to learn more. 56th & South St.


* Not all mortgage loans qualify for the local servicing program. Please contact a mortgage lender for details.

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Member FDIC


Landfill Rate Increases City of Lincoln, NE Solid Waste Operations Rates, Fees and Other Charges Effective September 1, 2013 Resolution #A-86945 and Ordinance #19756 approved by City Council on August 8, 2012

SCHEDULE A: Small Vehicle Transfer Station Cars Passenger Vehicles Cargo Vehicles Trailers Only Cars and Passenger Vehicles with Trailer (waste in both) Cargo Vehicle with Trailer (waste in both) Uncovered Load (additional charge) Customers in business of hauling refuse pay a per load occupation tax in addition to the above vehicle rates.

Current $3.00 $6.00 $11.00 $11.00 $14.00 $14.00 50% of vehicle charge

9/1/2013 unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged



SCHEDULE B: Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Refuse (including special wastes), per ton Minimum Charge, per ton Refuse (including special wastes), per cubic yard (if scale is in operative) Uncovered Load (additional charge)

Current $14.00 $14.00 $4.55 50% of Vehicle Charge Minimum of $50.00

9/1/2013 $16.00 $16.00 $5.20 unchanged

SCHEDULE C: Compost Facility Cars Passenger Vehicles Cargo Vehicles Trailers Only Cars and Passenger Vehicles with Trailer (waste in both) Cargo Vehicle with Trailer (waste in both) Uncovered Load (additional charge) Yard/Wood Waste, per ton Minimum Charge, per ton Yard/Wood Waste, per cubic yard (if scale is in operative) Uncovered Load (additional charge)

Current $3.00 $6.00 $11.00 $11.00 $14.00 $14.00 50% of vehicle charge

9/1/2013 unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged

$15.75 $15.75 $8.00 50% of Vehicle Charge Minimum of $50.00

unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged

SCHEDULE D: Construction and Demolition Waste Landfill Cars Passenger Vehicles Cargo Vehicles Trailers Only Cars and Passenger Vehicles with Trailer (waste in both) Cargo Vehicle with Trailer (waste in both) Construction & Demolition Waste, per ton Minimum Charge, per ton Construction & Demolition Waste, per cubic yard (if scale is in operative)

Current $4.00 $4.00 $4.00 $4.00 $4.00 $4.00

9/1/2013 unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged

$4.00 $4.00 $4.00

unchanged unchanged unchanged

SCHEDULE E: Special Wastes (additional to Schedule A and Schedule B fees) Special Waste Permit (adminstrative charge at landfill) Asbestos Containing Materials Special Wastes Requiring Segregation

Current $5.00 per permit $25.00 per vehicle $25.00 per vehicle

9/1/2013 unchanged unchanged unchanged

SCHEDULE E: Special Fees (additional to Schedule A and Schedule B fees) Appliances, per unit Car and Light Truck Tires, per tire Large Truck Tires, per tire Heavy Equipment Tires, per tire

OCCUPATION TAX: per Lincoln Municipal Code 8.32.150 Per ton of refuse, when applicable

Current $5.00 $3.00 $6.50 $11.50

9/1/2013 unchanged unchanged unchanged unchanged

Current $7.00

9/1/2013 $9.00

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Website & Social Media Workshop

Website & Social Media Workshop

Your Hometown Source For • House Beams

Tuesday, September 24 • 9:00 a.m. HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C

• Columns

RSVP to or call 402-423-4225 by Sept. 23 to reserve your seat. Space is limited!

• Brick Lintels • Joists & Deck

This workshop is FREE for HBAL Members!

• Miscellaneous Plate, Angle, Pipe & Tubing

Tomorrow’s Online Marketing Simplifies Online Marketing for HBAL Members Tomorrow’s Online Marketing is serious about helping businesses get more from their online marketing. Abbreviated as simply TOM, they’re more than just passionate about marketing….they’re ticked off. After seeing businesses of all sizes get taken advantage of by online marketing scams, they decided as a company to be different. TOM creates programs where both they and the clients can WIN. In fact, TOM guarantees their results in writing. Most months, TOM will be sharing some simple tips right here for HBAL members to get more out of their online marketing and social media. Tomorrow’s Online Marketing was founded by Wayne Boesiger. After years of building a foundation of success and results for clients, Boesiger partnered with Jeff Dousharm to expand the company. Today, TOM serves companies across the US ranging from single owner/operator companies all the way to Fortune 500 companies. Best of all, they make it simple for HBAL members to get results online, so you can focus on what YOU do best.

APOLLO STEEL COMPANY Fabricating The Future of Nebraska 7200 Amanda Road, Lincoln, NE 68507 Phone: 402-466-8587 • Fax: 402-466-0594

Almost Any Brick You Use Can Last for Hundreds of Years. So Be Particular.

So to start things off, here are 3 simple things you can do right now: 1. First, be sure to have an account on the 3 most important social media platforms: Google Plus, You Tube and Twitter. Many think Facebook is the ultimate platform. Though it can help, from a business and results perspective, Facebook isn’t as important as the 3 above. If you don’t have these accounts, this is something TOM will help HBAL members with at an upcoming seminar and walk you through step by step how to get it done. 2. Once you have these accounts, the next key is consistency. Having an account with no posts means your voice isn’t heard. This is not about running non-stop ads or offers. You can make offers, but be sure you are also providing valued content. A real simple way to create content is to make a list of 50 tips and quotes about your business. This gives you a great way to engage others. Then just post a couple times a day and then start over when you run out because people won’t see every post. 3. Finally, responsiveness is a major factor for social media. This simply means that when people send you a message or make a comment that you get back to them. Businesses often miss out on huge opportunities when someone posts a question that shows their interest. If the interest goes without answer or engagement, they move on and give their $$ to your competitor. So monitoring your social media makes a huge difference in converting prospects to clients. Join us on September 24th at 9:00 a.m. where we will walk through the easy way to setup social media accounts that will bring you business and then more info on how to make them work for you.

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ANKEE HILL BRICK manufactures the highest quality FBX brick in a color palette ranging from the traditional reds and buffs to the innovative pinks, maroons, and lavenders. Standard and custom color ranges, sizes, and shapes are our specialty. Brick murals and ornamentation are brought to a new level of sophistication at Yankee Hill Brick. Rely on Yankee Hill to supply your project with the nest of materials.

3705 S. Coddington Lincoln, NE 68522

(402) 477-6663

 Face brick  Paving brick  Thin brik veneer  Pool Coping  Ceramic tile and marble  Keystones  Address & entry signs  Brick mural & ornamentation  Crushed landscape brick

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(402) 330-2751

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Nebraska Builders Home & Garden Show February 7-9, 2014

Home Builders Association of Lincoln 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C Lincoln, NE 68516



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Turn the cost of a geothermal heat pump from “good gracious” to “good value.”

There’s no disputing geothermal heat pumps are pricey. Or that they’re extremely efficient and save a lot of energy. That’s why they qualify for a 30% federal tax credit. And why, through our Sustainable Energy Program, LES offers homebuilders significant financial incentives to install them. Whether you keep these incentives or pass them on to clients, you’ll help save energy, reduce environmental impact and delay the need to build expensive power plants. Visit our website or call 402.473.3275 for complete details.

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Lincoln Business Builder (August 2013)  

Monthly newsletter of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln

Lincoln Business Builder (August 2013)  

Monthly newsletter of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln