BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
MAY 11, 2017
Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:40 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Nelson Zoch
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by Fred Walschburger to approve the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
HPOPS – Terry Bratton and Dwayne Ready
During legislative session things change daily, sometimes hourly.
Thanked everyone who drove to Austin and those who made phone calls and sent emails. It really helped and made a difference.
Mayor Turner has the Pension Obligation Bonds in the works and they may be issued before legislation become effective.
Oppose any fire pension or fire department legislation.
Cash Balance Plan keeps liquidity in our pension plan and gives HPOPS the ability to control how it is written.
COLA would be based on a percentage of 5-year average of investment returns by subtracting 5. COLA would have a 0% floor with a 4% ceiling. Those under age 70 would not receive a COLA for 4 years. DROP and PROP accounts would not receive a COLA and personal investments would no longer be allowed; growth in these accounts would be by interest earned.
A Conference Committee consisting of 5 Senate members and 5 House members were appointed to reconcile the differences in the Bill. At least 3 Conferees from each Chamber must agree to accept the reconciled document.
HPD Chief of Police Art Acevedo –
Has been a Police Officer for 31 years. Supports Defined Benefit Pension Plans.
HPD is a great department. Houston has the lowest starting pay scale of any large city. The 5,100 Officers work hard with poor equipment while covering more square miles. Houston Officers makes his job so much easier than the entitled employees and news media he dealt with in Austin.
Houston is not a sanctuary city. When a person is arrested, immigration is checked and ICE contacted.
HPD is facing a $20M cut in the budget. Doesn’t know how HPD can do the job without overtime funds. Mayor Turner loves cops so send emails suggesting an increase in the HPD budget. HPD will face cancelled classes and layoffs if budget does not pass.
Wanted members to know that if he does something it is because he feels it is the right thing to do. Welcomes suggestions.
Thank retired officers for building HPD into a great organization.
TMPA Field Representative Tamara Spencer
Former League City Police Officer.
Available to assist retirees. 534 HPROA members currently pay $4 pre month as affiliate members for the TMPA Firearm Insurance.
President – Steve Rayne
Acknowledged and welcomed four first time attendees.
Thanked HPOPS for working so hard to protect our pensions.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Representative Salvador Lopez is here today to answer questions and save money on your insurance.
Welcomed Board Member Al Blair back after being ill for several months.
Burial Fund Meeting will immediately follow the regular business meeting. The Burial Fund holds 4 annual meetings; 2 at HPOU and 2 at HPROA.
Garland Cole, Gary Wurl, and Beale are in the foyer with information on the HPROA Long Term Care Insurance Policy underwritten by Trans America.
The Police Week Memorial Service and Reception will be Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5:00-9:00pm at the Houston Police Union building. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Retirees in Phase Down with Cigna Insurance should make sure their insurance deductions are correct. The City made a $12.50 error on some spousal insurance deductions.
Executive Director – Bill Elkin:
HPOPS value $4.4B. An estimated 335 have retired so far this year. 350 officers are estimated to retire this fiscal year.
SB 2190 replaced HB 43. Representatives Huberty, Bohac and Schofield attached several fire amendments. The Bill was sent back to Senate for conformation or rejection. Conference Committee members are Representatives Dan Flynn, Garnet Coleman, Armando Walley, Anna Hernandez and Jim Murphy. Senate members are Joan Huffman, Jane Nelson, Kelly Hancock, Charles Schwertner and Carlos Uresti. Legislation need 3 votes from each of the Chambers to pass out of Committee.
HPROA had a good turn out in Austin on Monday, May 1st and about half as many on Saturday, May 6th. Fireman packed the gallery on Monday and Saturday outnumbering police officers.
Attended the Police Candlelight Memorial Service at the Capitol on Sunday, May 30th.
Will look into members Texan Plus Insurance questions.
Letters of appreciation were received from the families of C. J. Mangano, John N. Johnson and Jerry Carpenter.
Treasurer Report – Nelson Zoch:
HPROA has a total of $237,000 in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch:
Working on the June-July issue. Please get articles in by May 20th.
Always looking for new articles and anyone may submit an article.
On May 19, 2017 at 1:00pm the Southeast Command Station, 8300 Mykawa, will dedicate a wall of honor for those Officers who served at the Station and were Killed In the Line Of Duty. The Officers to be honored are Louis Kuba, Robert W. Lee, Jerry Riley, Richard Calhoun, Claude Ronnie Beck, Charles Clark, Bruno Sololeski, J. W. Harris, George Rojas and Gary Gryder.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
1,775 members as of May 9th.
Seventeen (17) new members were approved today.
Many dropped members have been contacted.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
15,147 visits last month.
27 members are not getting the E-Blast because we do not have correct email addresses. If you are not getting the Sunday E-Blast contact Jim.
There is a link near the bottom left side of the webpage that will take you to Texas Senate page.
Retired Badge is on the website about two week earlier than mailed papers.
Contact Jim if you know anyone who would like to place an advertisement on the HPROA Website. It is only $20 per month.
Contact Jim if you need the User Name and Password to the HPROA Membership Directory website.
Family Assistance Committee – Forrest Turbeville / Nelson Foehner:
Attended five (5) funerals in April and one (1) so far in May.
Please contact members of the FAC with any needs or concerns:
Nelson Foehner (281) 351-4669 Doug Bostock (281) 890-7610
Forrest Turbeville (713) 319-5466 Ray Smith (281) 648-9920
Ron Headley (713) 253-5749 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Entertainment Committee –
The Surviving Spouse Luncheon was a big success with 126 guests and HPD Chief Art Acevedo attended.
The Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg will be Saturday, October 28, 2017 in the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird RV Park. Make your hotel and RV reservations early.
PAC Committee – Bob Barnard
Received $3,785 in contributions. $62,675 total PAC assets. Cannot make donations while Legislature is in session.
PAC cannot receive corporate contributions.
Paid Reimbursements and Administration fees.
$25 Floyd Nettles
$25 Herman Mar
$25 Dorothy Ashby
$25 Nelson Foehner
161 Members in attendance.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
Sue Gaines Board Secretary