Universalist Church of Boulder
Congregation Meeting Part 11
June 6, 2004
The meeting was called to order by Dan
Anderson, Moderator. A quorum was confirmed by Holly Lewis, Clerk
of the Congregation, with 53 members present.
The minutes of the Jan. 11, 2004 minutes were approved as
Election of Officers
The following slate of officers for 2004-2005 was presented by
President, Board of Trustees: Reed Bailey
Board of Trustees, 3 yr term: Beverly Carter
Board of Trustees, 3 yr term: Debbie Davies
Board of Trustees, 3 yr term: William Weyengerg
Board of Trustees, 1 yr term: Ray Knudson
Clerk of the Congregation: Jonathan Williamson
Nominating Committee: Kathryn Alexander
Nominating Committee: Pam Geer
Nominating Committee: LizEllen Sawhill
Jon Bond moved that the slate be accepted. Seconded by Jude
Stirts. Passed unanimously.
Jude Stirts recognized outgoing Board of Trustees President Barb
Richards, who has served the last 2 years.
Finance Council Report
Presented by Reed Bailey. Please see proposed budget, attached.
Several errors in the budget were pointed out:
1) The UUA dues assessment for 2004-2005 is $50 per member, not $48
2) Membership number used to calculate our UUA/MDD fair share is
wrong, and should be 232, the number submitted in January, 2004,
to the UUA. This number can be appealed if it is in error.
3) In section 1.6, the numbers in the lefthand column are correct, and
the numbers in the righthand column are not. The righthand column
numbers should be the same as the left.
A very lengthy discussion ensued regarding the budget. Items of
particular concern included the possibility of decreasing the office
manager's hours per week and/or the hourly rate, or of eliminating the
position altogether. Much concern was raised over the impact this
would have on church functioning as well as the potential loss of
rental income. Other proposed cuts include elimination of the RE
sexton, and decreases for the minister and RE director. The
newsletter editor has agreed to not being
paid. The matching grant proposal submitted to the UUA for
a Volunteer/New Member Coordinator was turned down.
A potential new source of income was presented by Reed Bailey. It
is the possibility of having a T-Mobile cell phone antenna
installed on church property. This could provide $700/month in
rental income. See attached information.
One final issue not on the budget was also raised by Reed. The
Church has recently become aware that it is "out of compliance" with
the UUA requirements that we pay into a retirement fund for salaried
employees working 20 hours per week or more. This obligation is
in addition to the employee's salary. The current obligation is
approximately $20,000, and must be taken care of by the end of
June. The UUA is not permitted to advise congregations of this
obligation because it is "voluntary," and the whole issue has caused
much confusion and hard feelings. The UUA may freeze our current
retirement funds for the minister and not allow additional money to be
added until the obligation to the RE Director and office manager
is met. As yet, it is unclear how
this obligation will be met. Options raised included refinancing
the existing mortgage and taking out a second mortgage.
Leonard Lewin moved that the budget be approved. Seconded by Ray
Alan Davis moved that the motion to approve the budget be tabled.
Seconded by Paula Gardner. After a lengthy discussion, the motion
to table was withdrawn.
Lee Redfield proposed an amendment to the motion to accept the
budget: If the budget is accepted, it will be on a contingency
basis to be revisited at a special congregational meeting
7/18/04. In the interim, any financial matters will be overseen
by the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee. Seconded by
Rob Fetter offered a friendly amendment to Lee's proposal: The
Board of Trustees will be authorized to continue funding the office
manager and the sexton until the special congregational meeting occurs
and a new budget can be approved.
Ray Knudson called the question. Motion passed.
The proposed amendment was then voted on and passed with 2 opposed, 1
Dan Anderson called the question to vote on approval of the budget with
the noted amendments. Motion passed with 25 for, 10 opposed, 4
T-Mobile Cell Tower Rental: Robert Bushnell moved that we
authorize the executive committee of the Board of Trustees to proceed
with negotiations with T-Mobile. Seconded by Peter Holt.
Motion passed with none opposed, 2 abstentions.
Retirement Fund: Reed Bailey moved that the executive committee
of the newly elected Board of Trustees act to address this
issue. Seconded by Tessa Davis.
Ray Knudson offered an amendment to the motion: That the
executive committee act in concert with the entire Board of
Trustees. Motion as amended passed with one opposed, one
The meeting was adjourned.
Holly Lewis, Clerk of the Congregation