BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 14, 2019
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Nelson Zoch
Present: Aldridge, Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Gaines, Kivela, McDonald, Potell, Rayne, St. John, Toth, Walschburger, Zoch
Parliamentarian – James Bollig
Sergeant at Arms: Robert Crane
Determination of Quorum: A quorum was present.
Treasurer’s Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Walschburger, 2nd by Potell to approve the Treasurer’s Report as printed. The February 14, 2019 Board and Business Meeting Minutes will be presented at the April 11, 2019 meetings. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
President – Steve Rayne
Rayne requested TMPA pocket calendars and received 200. Page 15 outlines what to do if involved in a critical incident such as a shooting, injury accident, custody death or serious injury. The number to call immediately is 800-848-2088.
o Motion by Ashby, 2nd by Potell to put the TMPA Critical Incident Information permanently on the HPROA Website and in each addition of the Retired Badge as a reference for any member with the TMPA Legal Defense Fund who may become involved in a critical incident. Voice Vote. None Opposed. Motion Carried.
Board discussed the Errors and Omission Insurance for the HPROA and the premium. In order to save a finance fee, the annual premium of $2,795 was transferred from the HPROA savings account to the checking account and paid to HARCO Insurance. The E and O Insurance will be a budgeted item in the next budget.
Discussion and decision not to sponsor a table at the March 23th Top Cop Gala as it was not allocated in our current budget.
HPOU is sponsoring a fundraiser for Officers Alonzo Reid and John Daily on March 15, 2019. Officers Daily and Reid were driving a police cruiser December 24, 2018 when a drunk driver slammed into their vehicle causing a fiery crash.
The internal Budget Review performed last month found no irregularities.
The HPOU Badge and Gun accidentally omitted the HPROA advertisement in their last issue.
HPD Education Based Disciplinary course is on hold.
HPD will be holding pay parity meeting with the City in the near future.
Legislation filed in Austin could forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt for law enforcement applicants. State could remove up to 20% of debt per year over 5-year period.
HPOU stated violent crimes are down nation wide however the rate of law enforcement officers killed nation wide has increased.
HPOU has a new public relations campaign where officers will pose with animals up for adoption.
HPOU will hold a Benefit Health Fair on March 20, 2019 from 8am-8pm.
Retirees on Phase Down A and B are required to qualify quarterly at the pistol range.
Discussion regarding safety of members at the monthly meetings.
Mercedes Saenz at will be at the business meeting with Alkaline Mineral PH Water.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
Discussed old business on whether to change the Joseph Earthman Funeral Plan benefit from simply an “Immediate Need” that matches the Burial Fund pay-out to adding a “Pre-Paid” option. The insurance implications were discussed. The board decided that the HPROA could not officially endorse the “Pre-Paid” option, but that Earthman, or any vendor, such as Secure Your Legacy, could advertise on their own and market their independent pre-paid plans. This would just have to be done independently of the HPROA, although the HPROA could sell advertising to vendors who wished to promote their offerings.
Social Media was discussed. Kivela previously requested in a Retired Badge article and on the website, that any member interested in participating or chairing a Social Media Committee contact him. There were no responses. Kivela will continue to assist in administering and monitoring the Retired FaceBook site as he has done. Others on the board who are on, or who will join the site, can post as individuals. Forming an official Social Media Committee was delayed until further interest is shown.
Kivela discussed his testimony before the House Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee on March 12, 2019. The Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset Provisions of the Social Security Act were discussed and Kivela testified in support of two House concurrent Resolutions (HCR 19 and HCR 25) urging the Congress to repeal these measures that are harmful to HPROA members.
HPOPS has related that they have set the upcoming COLA at 4%. This will not apply to those retirees affected by the last Legislative Sessions’ three-year abeyance on COLA’s. Any questions should be directed to HPOPS.
Kivela previously provided a handout to every board member that detailed the proposed honorary title of “Director Emeritus” for Bill Elkin due to his decades of work with the HPROA. The honorary “Director Emeritus” designation included the following on the handout:
o Invited to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
o Shall not be subject to any attendance policy, may not vote at meetings of the Board of Directors, and may not be counted in determining if a quorum is present at a meeting.
o Shall not be a “Director” or “Officer” within the meaning of the by-laws.
o Motion by Beale, 2nd by Barnard to appoint Bill Elkin as “Director Emeritus”
of the Houston Police Retired Officers Association. Voice Vote. None Opposed. Motion Carried.
Thanked Steve Toth for his work on assisting with the database he downloaded and made available to board members.
New Business –
Thirteen (13) new members were approved:
o Landry E. Bonnette
o Sam Ferrell
o Bradley S. Kohlhafer
o Russell Lilley
o Glen Mayo
o Terry McClanahan
o Charles A. McClelland
o Michael McGinty
o Jerry Melton
o Frances E. Parker
o John T. Parker
o Robert R. Parker
o Stephen F. Wick
Three (3) Associate Member application received:
o Carlton L. Weiler – Sponsored by William L. Hayden
o Robert Gonzales – Sponsored by Bob Barnard
o William Skeen – Sponsored by Bob Barnard.
Motion by Potell, 2nd by St.John to adjourn meeting at 9:30 a.m.