Conference Board of Trustees shares report
The report presented by the Conference Board of Trustees Friday was supported. The role of the board is to manage Conference assets, including real and personal property and funds. John Jackson, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, addressed the crowd.
“We work for you; we are you,” Jackson said.
The discussion centered on the announcement of the pending purchase of a new Conference headquarters located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool. The search for a new headquarters began after it garnered approval in a special session in fall 2014.
The deal has gone back and forth. An original offer was made, but contractors hired by the Conference discovered “numerous and costly deficiencies.” The trustees then contacted the seller with a new offer that accounted for the expense of deficiencies, which was rejected. The seller later counter-offered, and there is currently an oral agreement to purchase the property, with some “technical title issues.”
The Rev. Dr. Robert Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, asked the Rev. Wendy Deichmann, trustee member, if she had shared with the board an email that asked the board if it had considered staying in University United Methodist Church. Rev. Deichmann said that these things have been carefully considered.
Jackson also mentioned the current properties the board manages, the properties transferred or sold, and improvements to the insurance policy as well as brought forth the recommendation “Defense and Indemnification of Conference Trustees and Officers,” which was supported.