2017 Conference Registration Forms Available
The registration forms for the 2017 Conference and Golf Tournament have now been mailed to Members and are available on MHABC.com.
In keeping with the Conference program information provided in the Fall 2016 News Letter, the golf tournament, Business Sessions, AGM, President’s Banquet and Technical Sessions take place Wednesday, April 26th through Friday, April 28th at the Delta Grand Okanagan Conference Centre in Kelowna.
Members planning on attending are asked to submit completed forms to the office by April 11th for the Conference and April 13th for the gold tournament. Also, a reminder the hotel block reservation is available until March 27th so please arrange accommodations as soon as possible.
See you in Kelowna very soon!
Winter Board Meeting Schedule
During the winter period, the Board met in-person on January 10th and by conference call on March 7th.
The next meetings will be held by conference call on April 11th and in person on April 26th in advance of the Conference.
Home Shipments exceed plan for fiscal 2016-17
Home shipments substantially exceeded plan for fiscal 2016-17, ending February 28, 2017.
Starting in April 2015, the MHABC began collecting home fees on Z241 Park Models. Since that time, the shipments reports have been amended to reflect separation of CSA Z240/A277 and CSA Z241.
For 2016-17, Z240/A277 homes were up by 32% over the previous year’s shipments for a total of 694 homes.
Z241 homes increased by 200 % over the previous year’s shipments for a total of 93 homes.
When both the residential and Park Model shipments are combined, total shipments increased by 41% over previous year’s shipments for a total of 787 homes. The result of these increased shipment levels has been strengthening of the balance sheet allowing reductions in 2017-18 rates.
2017-18 Preliminary Home Fees Rate Announced
As is standard MHABC practice, a preliminary home shipment rate is announced in February of each year to allow the new rate to be implemented for March shipments. The strengthening of the balance sheet because of higher than plan shipments in 2016-17 has allowed the Board to decrease rates for fiscal 2017-18. The home shipment rate is comprised of an operations fee to cover day-to-day expenses as well as a marketing fee to cover MHABC efforts to promote our products and industry.
Both rates have been reduced for the upcoming fiscal year.
The preliminary rates are subject to discussion and ratification at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
Regional District Central Kootenay Z241 Park Model Discussions
Since learning of a decision by the Regional District Central Kootenay to place a prohibition of new Z241 Park Models, the MHABC Board has been working with RDCK officials towards resolving the RDCK Board’s concerns.
MHABC officials attended an RDCK Board meeting in October 2016 to provide information on the standard. The Board’s subsequent decision was to maintain the prohibition with a revisit of the decision after six-months.
MHABC Board members and staff held a conference call with RDCK senior staff members in February to discuss action required during this six-month period.
At the time of writing, the MHABC is awaiting a response from the RDCK on the topics addressed on the call.
Marketing Committee Formed
During the January 2017 Board meeting, the MHABC’s marketing firm FRESH INC provided an overview of the 2016-17 program and outlined proposals for the upcoming year. Recommendations included a greater focus on social media activities, on-going updating of MHABC.com, a membership drive and strengthening alliances with other organizations including charities.
In ensuring on-going scrutiny of the marketing efforts, FRESH INC principal Jennifer McKinney recommended formation of a Marketing Committee. She proposed this Committee hold periodic conference calls to allow FRESH INC to brief the Committee members on progress and to consult on projects. As an outcome of the FRESH INC recommendation, the Board has now formed a Marketing Committee. An inaugural conference call was held on March 3rd.
Victoria Meetings Summary
The MHABC organizes periodic meetings with many of the government agencies influencing the operation of our industry.
On February 20th and 21st, MHABC officials met with representatives from the Office of Housing and Construction Standards/Building and Safety Standards Branch, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch and the Manufactured Home Registry.
Respectively, the meeting participants included ADM Greg Steves of the OHCS, Executive Director Andrew Pape-Salmon of BSSB, Commercial Transport Manager Jan Lansing of CVSE and Debbie Blythe, Manager of the MHR.
Joint Association Training Programs
A role of the associations across Canada is to provide on-going training programs for Member companies. Current initiatives include updating of the Manufactured Housing Consultant (MHR) course. Association staff are also involved in development of a “Factory to Finish” program originally developed in Atlantic Canada and adaptable to individual province’s policy and legislation.
Going forward, the Board will be distributing a Membership poll to determine needs and potential student numbers. The poll is being drafted and will be circulated and profiled during the AGM.
Nominations Committee in Place
Ray Weicker, principal of Ray’s Towing has agreed to manage the Nominations Committee process this year leading up to the Board elections process at the AGM. A report will be circulated to Members in advance of the AGM.
Members interested in providing input to Ray are encouraged to get in touch with him before the end of March.
AGM Board Discussion Topics
Standard Board practice is to bring forward topics of New Business for review with Members during the AGM.
Topics currently on the list include:
- A proposal to rebrand the Pioneer Bursary Awards to the Grant McDowell Memorial Bursary Awards
- A proposal to rebrand the Pioneer Award to the “Industry Person of the Year” Award
- A proposal to formalize an on-going contribution to a worthy charitable organization. Over the last few years, Ronald McDonald House has been the recipient of funds raised during the President’s Banquet. A proposal will be brought forward to make this organization the official MHABC charity.
Members considering bringing New Business topics from the floor are asked to inform the office in advance.
BC Ferries Reservations Protocol Updated
To make the reservations process more efficient, the MHABC has established a protocol with BC Ferries. The protocol includes a critical information checklist required at the time reservations are made. The protocol also includes contact information for BC Ferries Key Accounts personnel who can be contacted in critical situations.
In a recent MHABC conference call with Key Accounts managers Blake Douglas and Jordan Knutsen, participants agreed the MHABC office would be the recipient of Member information where problems are encountered. A summary would then be provided to BC Ferries’ officials for follow-up.
Where problems are encountered, whether with reservations or loading, Members are asked to keep the MHABC office informed. The updated protocol will be placed on MHABC.com. More information can be provided upon request to the office.
CVSE OnRoute System Operational
The MHABC welcomes Cinch Homes of Fernie and Blackstone Homes of Prince George as the newest members of the MHABC.
Barb Baker retires from Manufactured Home Registry
After 35 years working in the province’s Manufactured Home Registry, long-time manager Barb Baker elected to retire in January. Barb has been a friend of the industry during her long career and was instrumental in ensuring this valuable resource remains effective. The MHABC wishes Barb a long and happy retirement!
Replacing Barb at the MHR is Debbie Blythe and Sharon Merlino. Members wanting to contact registry staff can do so via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (250) 356-8630.
Wayne Lowrie Retirement?
After many years in the industry, Wayne Lowrie has elected to step back after selling his Wayne’s Mobile Homes operation in Prince George. Purchasers, Blackstone Homes, recently assumed the operation with long-time manager and MHABC Director Ken Jennings remaining in this role.
For many years, Wayne also had a sales center in Ft. St. John. He elected to curtail that operation a few years ago, and focus operations in Prince George.
While Wayne will be taking a well-deserved break, he is not expected to be far away from an industry he has been a major player in for a long time.
Pioneer Bursary Awards Application Forms circulated
Application forms for the Pioneer Bursary Awards were circulated to Members in late February. A reminder that applications must be received in the office by April 12th.
Building and Safety Standards Branch to commence consultation on next edition BC Building Code
The next edition of the British Columbia Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes (BC Codes) is scheduled for targeted consultation in 2017. An appropriate transition period will apply before the next edition of the BC Codes comes into effect. The 2012 BC Codes will continue to be in effect for building projects where permits were applied for before the effective date of the next edition of the BC Codes. More information on the consultation process will be circulated upon receipt.
BCTA Announces New Director of Policy
As an Associate Member of the BC Trucking Association, the MHABC works closely with the BCTA on over-size/ over-width commercial transport issues.
Over the last many years, the go-to person at the BCTA has been Director of Policy Greg Kolesniak. Greg recently elected to take on a new position with Translink overseeing transport policy for that organization.
As Translink has a major role in setting transport policy across the lower mainland, the MHABC will continue to work closely with Greg in future.
Replacing Greg at the BCTA is Cory Paterson. The MHABC is currently in discussions with Cory on areas of mutual interest. Members wishing to contact Cory can reach him at CoryP@bctrucking.com and by phone at 604-888-5310 Ext. 211.
Congratulations to Cory on his new position.
BC Ferries Implements Significant Increase in Wide Load Commercial Transport Fees
BC Ferries recently announced a significant increase in fares for commercial vehicles 13 feet and wider. The increase effectively doubles the fees for transporting factory-built homes on the ferry system and will have a major impact on our industry. The announcement came with little notification and will immediately impact those operators who have sales agreements in place and those with long term transport contracts. The MHABC, in conjunction with the BCTA, will be responding to BC Ferries on this increase.