CHBA Meet With Senator Moser of District 22

Members of the Columbus Home Builders meet with 40 members of the Nebraska Legislature on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 to thank them for their service, while reminding them of the importance of affordable housing and the impact positively and negatively they can have on the affordability of housing in Nebraska's Communities.

Some of the bills proposed to the Unicameral this years include LB96 (which would make State Building codes a default code in any county, city, or village that has NOT adopted local building codes), LB130 (which would require Radon resistant new construction), LB507 & LB 508 (which would impose sales tax and use fees on services including, residential remodeling, construction, landscaping/lawn mowing, plumbing, electrical work.), LB345 & LB348 (which would update the State building codes and Energy conservations codes).

Also attending the Legislative Banquet was John “Chuck” Fowke, a Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder with 40 years of experience in the home building industry. Chuck was elected as the 2019 second vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

“Our (NAHB) focus in 2019 is to address mounting housing affordability concerns and ensure that homeownership remain a national priority,” said Fowke. “We will work with policymakers to reduce and remove regulations that harm small businesses and raise housing costs. We will also urge Congress to enact meaningful housing finance reform that maintains an appropriate level of federal support to ensure sufficient mortgage liquidity for homeownership and rental housing opportunities.”

Your local Columbus Home Builders Association, in cooperation with your Nebraska State Home Builders Association (NSHBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are continually fighting to keep housing and home ownership safe and affordable. Please help protect the American dream of affordable home ownership by joining the Columbus Home Builders Association, today. If you have any questions or concerns about any pending Legislation that would negatively (or positively) affect home ownership and construction in Nebraska we want you to hear from you.

Pictured (L to R): Rick Cheloha, Levi Abbott (President of Columbus Home Builders Association, Chuck Fowke, Steve Long (Past President of Columbus Home Builders Association and current NSHBA Secretary), Tim Kenny, Hollie Olk (Treasurer of Columbus Home Builders Association).

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Make Your Home Safe For All Ages

Your 80-year-old aunt is coming to stay for a few days. You're looking forward to the visit, but realize your home may not be entirely "older-generation" friendly. To help enhance the safety and comfort of your visitor, especially one who may have some of the physical challenges that come with aging, here are a few quick and inexpensive things you can do to make the time less stressful for you and more comfortable for your guest:

Consider pathways in the house. Clear obstacles, and maybe even move furniture that a person usually has to maneuver around. Move any electrical cords that are where a person might walk – perhaps taping them to a wall or using a hook. Clear stairs of any objects—shoes, books, and other personal items that tend to collect on the lower treads. Also check that railings on stairs inside and out are secure, and make repairs where needed.

Lighting is crucial. Put night lights in bathrooms, the guest bedroom, any hallways near the guest bedroom, and perhaps in the kitchen. Make sure there is a lamp or light switch within easy reach of the guest bed so that your visitor can keep a light on until safely tucked in. Well-lit outdoor walkways and entrances are also key for coming or going when it is dark.

Be sure the shower your guest will use has a non-slip floor. To enhance the traction, apply non-slip strips or a suction-attached non-slip mat, both readily available at home improvement stores.

Secure or, preferably, remove any throw rugs, including bathroom mats. Edges of rugs can be a tripping hazard, and even a slight scoot can affect a person’s balance. If there are rugs you want to secure rather than remove, non-slip pads can help, but safer still would be to apply double-sided carpet tape or even caulk to attach the rug to the floor. If you choose one of these methods, be mindful that you don't mar the floor underneath.

Identify seating in your gathering rooms that is appropriately firm, high in the seat, and preferably that has arms to help a person easily sit down and get up. A chair that is too soft or too low to the ground can strand a person awkwardly. If in doubt about the available seating in the room, bring a dining chair with arms into the room as an alternative