Board minutes 3/8/08
Called to order by Steve Lee at about 9:35
AM Central Standard Time
Present were President Steve Lee, Kathy
Lee, Mike Nash, and Buddy Cutts, acting Treasurer Bill Colvin,
Carl Burick, Tom Prouhet, Eric Donaldson, Vice President James
Anderson, Keith Atkins and Secretary Ollie Gregory.
Absent were Jeff and Allie Dodgen, Dan
Shell, Mark Poling. Dan Shell sent in a written report of
current membership, Bill Priday suit, and thank you letters from
the 1st Baptist Church of Whitwell. Clark Harlow
called in information on the TTT banking and investment
TTT members and friends present: Rick
Jacobs, Ned Stelzel, Jane Colvin
Bill Priday lawsuit: Reported by
letter sent by Dan Shell. The local appeal of the ruling
regarding denial of move of trial venue to CA was denied and is
now being appealed to the state supreme court.
Land Easement: From Dan Shell’s
written report: The Law Firm of Miller and Martin sent a letter
to address the extra fees charged for the Land Easement. The
Law Firm’s invoice reflects fees of $2506.67. This amount is
before the $500 sent by us. The letter reflected that there was
no pressure to pay immediately or pay all of the bill if TTT was
unable to do so. They will work with us. Questions regarding
the timing of the invoices and the extra work done by the Law
Firm after payment were discussed. Ollie moved to pay the debt
with an explanatory thank you note for the Law Firm. The vote
was unanimous with 1 abstention to pay the debt now. Acting
Treasurer Bill Colvin will write the note and the check.
Revamp of Ramp Funding and Construction:
Revamp is on schedule. Footings have been poured.
Revamp Funding: TTT has received a
whole lot of donations. Special thanks to Jim Lamb for his most
generous of all donations and support of the tree toppers. A
great big thank you goes out to all the TTT supporters who’ve
contributed money and volunteer labor and other assistance.
Donations are still trickling in especially from Nate Newkirk’s
tee-shirt fund raiser.
The Board discussed how to recognize these
donations. Jim Lamb has suggested a book on the history of the
TTT be written to recognize the club’s progress and all the
volunteers and contributors. Engraving planks was discussed.
Mike Nash and others were of the opinion that engraving names in
boards would create a problem with weathering. Mike Nash
suggested an option of a professionally engraved metal plaque
monument to include Denny Haldeman’s story of the origin of the
ramp and a list to recognize all the original and current
volunteers, the “plank contributors” and other contributors.
Keith Atkins suggested putting out a
document suitable for framing to send to everyone that
contributed. Motion was by Keith Atkins to accept the plan from
Mike Nash regarding the plaque to recognize the original ramp
designers, recent contributors and the history of the ramp.
After much discussion about how to organize the plaque, the art
work, who to involve in the project, and the placement of the
monument beside the ramp, a comprehensive motion was made by
Mike Nash. The Board voted unanimously to accept. Mike Nash was
appointed as plaque project manager.
We have collected $29,070 in donations
including the bolts and nuts from Tom Primavera and the Ohio
Flyers and Jeff Wilson of Birmingham donated a large box of
Ramp Construction Issues:
Discussion of bolt placements and drilling of boards ensued.
TTT will find the best way to install the boards starting at the
top and moving down the ramp. Mike will provide a commercial
steel punch to make the holes in the steel.
Board discussion of the small flat bump in
the ramp above the roll off ensued. After much discussion the
Board voted to allow S n H Steel Erectors to take out the flat
spot if the extra cost is not excessive. This motion passed.
The wreckage and scrap of the radial
portion will be disposed of by rented dumpster at TTT expense.
Later in the year when the Board starts the replacement of the
decking on the flat portion of the ramp, that decking will be
used to make benches and tables. TTT will use two bolts per
Truss for 2/4 decking. TTT intends to use Ace in Dunlap if they
can deliver the appropriate decking in time. If needed TTT will
buy lumber from the contractor yard as needed.
Revamp Schedule: Marking, hole
punching and staging of materials to get ready for decking will
start Friday 3/21. Decking will start Saturday, 3/22 through
Sunday, 3/23; weather permitting. Safety equipment/belts will be mandatory for
workers at risk for a fall. There will be a party and food for
lunch and dinner Saturday. Food plan will be organized by Kathy
Lee for lunch and dinner with keg paid for by TTT and donations
of various dishes from the locals.
Clark Harlow has donated low cost tandems
for anyone working on the ramp. Steve will give the
construction supervisor TTT tee-shirt and others important to
Ned Stelzel furnished fire wood for the
club house and fixed stove pipe.
Treasurer. Taxes paid and site insurance
for Whitwell and Henson’s have been paid. Bill Colvin acting
treasurer. Clark sent in reports $3,039.80 new checking account
balance after the dividend was paid we have $1376.90 in the
operating fund checking. Ramp Fund account is kept separate in
CD LZ $47,799.78 It should have been
converted to a month to month CD. Allie’s report from
investment advisors at Wachovia Bank suggested staying in a good
CD. Stacy Murdock will give us additional information.
Membership: Dan Shell sent in a
report. We currently have 124 members. James
Anderson reported on Dan Shell’s efforts to do a membership
mailing to 265 old
members with an application and request for support and renewal
of membership. Letters were stuffed for this purpose during the
board meeting and will be mailed out soon. Tom Pruitt requested
help with getting registration forms witnessed. Ollie will get
stickers for ‘sign here’ to help with witnessing mistakes.
Maintenance: Carl Burick no
information on budget yet. Kenny didn’t have a chance to do the
leaking spigot due to working 7 days a week and will fix it when
he is on the regular schedule. Bathhouse water will be turned
on for the construction crew. Top windsock is down and the ones
in LZ are in bad shape. Mark Stump made 3 Tyvec windsocks with
5 gallon hoop and donated to TTT.
Competition committee: Mayhem Mini
Meet was discussed. TC plans are moving along well. 9
registered for TC and 2 for Mayhem so far. The TC is on the Oz
Report and USHPA magazine calendars. The Mini Meet will be
advertised in the Oz Report and the Newsletter.
Awards: Erick Donaldson will help
with Mayhem awards and TC awards. Team challenge awards will be
similar to last year’s. Eric is working on hats to give away
for significant flights. He will manage TTT of year and flights
of the year awards.
Social Director: Mark Poling was
not present: We will have a Mayhem Party and Xmas party. The
Octoberfest Party will be funded by Team Challenge.
Safety committee: Tom Prouhet chair:
FRPs are on the website. Laminated copies of the FRPs will be
prominently displayed at Henson’s and Whitwell. Keith Atkins
will provide the laminated copies.
Web-site: Buddy Cutts Buddy
thanks Jeff Nibler for all the help on the Website projects.
The webpage is updated daily.
Bylaws: Mike reports nothing needs
to be done.
Newsletter: Keith Atkins reports
Jeff and Nate are helping and Keith will come up with articles
from material out of the flymail. He will report on the many
accomplishments of the TTT this year.
Motion to adjorn passed at 12:20
Central Standard Time