BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 11, 2018
Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Steve Toth
Welcomed New and First Time Members
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Nelson Foehner, 2nd by Jim Montero to approve the August Business Minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Suspend Regular Order of Business
Sophia Mafrige – Candidate for Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law #4
Practicing attorney since 1988. Experience in litigation, transactional and property. Chairman Houston Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission since 2008.
Justice Jennifer Caughey – Candidate for Judge of First Court of Appeals
Houstonian educated at Princeton and Harvard Law School. Appellate and trial experience. Believe judges should apply the law as written. Allegiance to Constitution, laws of the United States and State of Texas.
Ray Black – Candidate for Judge of Harris County Probate Court #2
4th generation Texan educated at Baylor University and South Texas College of Law. He will follow the law as written, not legislate from the bench, be fair and courteous to all and run an efficient court.
Aaron Burdette – Candidate for Judge of Harris County Criminal Court #11
District Attorney Prosecutor since 2007. Chief Felony Prosecutor with 50+ jury trials ranging from drugs to capital murder. Conservative values.
Jesse McClure – Candidate for Judge of 182nd Criminal District Court
Spent 11 years as Tarrant County DA Prosecutor and 6 years as a Harris County Prosecutor. Will be a full-time available judge and bring justice, fairness and integrity to Harris County.
Rodney Hill – Candidate for HPOPS Retired Trustee Position #4
Joined HPD in 1976 and retired in 2016. HPOPS has evolved and gotten better: in 1976 pensions were 30% at 20 years, 2% per year thereafter and could only get it at age 50.
Worked with Legislatures as an HPD Officer on police ability to track cell phone activity
Wants to keep pension viable for new, current and retired officers.
Scott Sisco – Candidate for HPOPS Retired Trustee Position #4
Joined HPD in 1986, retired after 23 years to be a Harris County Prosecutor. Has been an attorney for 25 years. Represented HPD in Austin in 2009.
Attended the 2017 pension battle in Austin. Very concerned about the pension corridor and other changes HPOPS agreed to follow.
George Guerrero – Candidate for reelection to HPOPS Active Trustee Position #1
HPD Officer for 24 years and HPOPS Board of Directors for 6 years. He understands some do not agree with pension changes but they were necessary to make the pension sustainable.
Trey Coleman – Candidate for HPOPS Active Trustee Position #1
Serving as HPOPS Advisor for Plan 2 members. 12 year HPD Officer with no plans to retiree.
Fiscal conservative who wants to sustain a viable pension. Will work to keep it safe before working for change.
Craig Goralski – Candidate for HPOPS Retired Trustee Position #4
Unable to attend meeting today. Currently Chief of Aldine ISD.
HPOPS Chairman – Terry Bratton
HPOPS members may vote with a paper ballot or electronically but not both.
False information or personal attacks on social media or in meetings will be confronted immediately by HPOPS, HPOU or HPROA and correct information provided.
HPOPS is very sound. Actuary stated that a 4% return moving forward it would be at least 10 years before the corridor would be busted.
John Lawson and Bratton will attend State Pension Committee Interim Hearing in Austin regarding the make-up of pension boards. Currently the City has two representatives on the seven members HPROA Board of Trustees. It is imperative to keep this ratio.
City is considering raising insurance premiums for all, especially those under age 65.
If Pay-Parity Proposition B passes it would cost the City approximately one hundred million. Firemen have turned down offered raises dating from Mayor Parker’s administration to now. Fire Union also refuses to share any financial information. The City will be forced to lay-off employees including police and fire. HPOPS has a member at each town hall meeting.
Return to Regular Order of Business
President – Steve Rayne
96% of HPOU members approved the new contract. Active officers will receive a 4% raise in 2019 and 3% in 2020.
Chief Acevedo instated a no-shave month for active officers if they donate $50 to cancer research.
Executive Director – Bill Elkin
HPOPS at $5.46B. 37 retired this fiscal year.
City will have Medicare Advantage Plans Seminars at the E.B. Cape Center, 4501 Leeland on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 and Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. If you did not get a letter from the City, call City Benefits at 832-395-4900 to make sure they have your current address.
HPOPS voting will be by paper ballot and electronically but not both. If you did not get a flyer from HPOPS call them to make sure they have your current address.
Facts to use when discussing police vs. fire pay parity. 1. Firefighter work 9 days a month due to scheduling; 2. Allowed to work for pay in other cities/districts; 3. City pays for all firefighter equipment; 4. No college degree required for upper ranks; 5. City Bond rating will be damaged; 6. City has a tax property cap; 7. City must layoff employees.
Letters of appreciation were received from the families of James Haralson and Curtis Ledet. Ed Aldridge and John Harland families donated $100 each to the HPROA Family Assistance Committee in memory of Jack Miller. Randy Grounds wrote to express his appreciation for the wheelchair delivered by FAC members Nelson Foehner and Ron Headley.
President – Steve Rayne
Bill Elkin notified the Board of Directors today that he would be retiring as HPROA Executive Director effective December 31, 2018. Bill will be impossible to replace however the Board will be researching ways to continue the great job he has done for years. Looking at ways for him to continue his work at the legislature during the 2019 Legislative session.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
HPROA has a total of $ 227,695 in the bank.
Ed and his wife volunteered with the TSA Transportation Security Administration K-9 Program. The program works well, parking is free and it was a good time. Contact Steve Toth if you are interested in participating in this program.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
October-November paper in the mail. Articles for next issue are due by Saturday, November 20th.
Always looking for new articles and anyone may submit an article.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
1,754 members as of October 9th. 11 members were reinstated and this month’s 13 dropped members have been contacted.
The Board approved 7 new members and 1 associate member.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
19,287 visits to the Website last month.
Super Bowl payment is due.
HPROA Website and Security has been updated. Keep virus scanners up to date.
Microsoft, IBM, IRS, etc. will not call on the telephone. Hang up on these scammers. Call Jim with any questions or help.
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 and Nelson Foehner
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) 731-1588
Ron Headley (713) 253-5749 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Friends we lost in September were Leonard M. Stolarski, Oscar W. Farrell, Walter R. Henson Jr. and Paige M. Chavez. Mrs. Evangelina Flores, Mother of Elvia M. Landa and Mrs. Beverly Rickert Williams, Mother-In-Law of Mike Yates also passed away. Our condolences to the families.
Entertainment Committee –
190 attended The Hill Country Fredericksburg Reunion. $1,600 was donated to the silent auction. Thank you to everyone who participated. Host Lamar and Dee Kimble did another wonderful job. Thank You.
The HPROA’s 25th Anniversary Reunion will be in Houston at the HPD Academy on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
PAC– Bob Barnard
$80,769.66 total PAC assets.
Received $3,010 in contributions.
Paid $1,075 in expenses.
Political contributions made to the campaigns of Dan Patrick, Robert Nichols, Charles Schwertner, Angela Paxton, Kirk Watson, John Whitmire, Joan Huffman, Donna Campbell and Kel Seliger.
HPOU donated $30,000 to the Protect Houston PAC to assist in their efforts to defeat Proposition B. HPOU PAC will research it and report their findings.
Good and Welfare –
If you hear any rumors that impact retirees please email Anthony Kivela at firstname.lastname@example.org or any Board Member and HPROA will check it out for you. All Board Member’s emails are listed on the HPROA Website.
We were told the Chief was going to require retirees to wear vest when qualifying. By acting on that information promptly we were able to stop that policy before it came out.
Anthony Kivela is a member of Houston Benefit Assistance Committee as the retiree representative. Active Officers get an insurance discount by participating in the Wellness Program and it will be open to retirees in the future. A new fit bit is part of the program for retirees. Kivela currently has one Fit Bit team of 11 retirees. He has enough Fit Bits for another team. Information is posted on the HPROA Website and in the Retired Badge. Anthony may be contacted at email@example.com or 713-962-3508 if you are interested in the program.
The Cities’ Retired Limited Plan Insurance will be ending. Approximately 70 retirees, mostly living out of the area, will be affected. Email Kivela for more information if you are affected.
o $25 Jim St. John
o $25 Jim Hudson
o $25 James Koteras
o $25 Joe Glezman
o Rose Potell - Pappas Gift Card
o Earl Music - HPD Cap
98 Members in attendance.
Sue Gaines, HPROA Secretary