April 28, 2020
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please accept this as my “report to the Board” for the April 28th monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the month of April 2020.
A. As a direct result of the dramatic changes made necessary by our collective and appropriate responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, it became necessary for CRA to retract its offer to purchase the property on Wesley Street in Petoskey. The City Planner and the City Planning Commission are not scheduled to meet before mid-July. In response to our cancelling the offer for the property, the City Planner has agreed to return our application fee of $400 as soon as that process can be completed through the City Office.
Craig Lively, our broker through RE/MAX, is in the process of dealing with the paperwork honoring our cancellation. According to Craig, he will return our “earnest money” as soon as he receives the signed paperwork from the owner (who is in his nineties and not local) and completes the process with Talon Title, the title company.
I returned the $1,000 that Tom McHale gave us toward the initial down payment on any future mortgage today, via the U.S. Postal Service.
Our only unrecoverable fee over this project was the $300 we were charged by Hawkeye Home Inspection for completing the official housing inspection. I assured Craig Lively that he was welcome to a copy of that document if it should prove useful to the seller.
B. During the first week of April, and in keeping with the practice of social distancing, I moved our operations out of our public office on Michigan Street and into my home office which is in the lower level of my home. I removed our computer equipment and all our files as well. Since early April I have been working exclusively from home. I am tightening our belt.
As there is no way of knowing how soon we can move back into our public offices I have placed our Internet and phone on hold until such time as we move back in. Our monthly fee while on hold is about $16, a good savings.
C. For reasons that may seem obvious during these stressful days (especially stressful to our clientele) I am mindful that we have a stock of Narcan (naloxone) Nasal Spray from the Michigan Department of Health to use in case of an opioid overdose emergency.
April 28th Report from Executive Director
April 28, 2020