Maryland Home Improvement Commission
Public Business Meeting Minutes
Date: April 3, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: 500 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
MEMBERS PRESENT: John Borz, Chairman
James O. Chiracol
OTHERS PRESENT: Steven Smitson, Executive Director
Jennifer Grimes, Assistant Executive Director
Joel Jacobson, Assistant Attorney General
Sheri Henderson, Licensing Supervisor
Kimberly G. Rosenthal, Administrative Aide
Stanley Botts, Commissioner
Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner
Helen Johnson, Administrative Officer
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 10:09 a.m.
The Minutes of the February 7, 2008 meeting were approved.
The Guaranty Fund balance as of February 28, 2008 was $1,849,191.26.
Ms. Grimes submitted the following data for Fiscal Year 2008 through March 2008:
Investigator/Complaint Activity February March FY 2008 Year To Date
Claims Received 38 39 258
Complaints Received 156 181 1593
Monetary Settlement by $26,561 $46,734.00 $208,893.06
Restitution thru Criminal Cases $199,868.92 $104,963.17 $975,785.62
Total $226,429.92 $151,697.17 $1,241,874.50
Guaranty Fund Award $91,004.42 $1,758.31 $939,562.09
Fees Recovered $7,561.00 $1,758.31 $71,988.59
Licensing Activity Current/Expired Current/Expired Total
Contractor/Salesperson 15,822/25,547 15,826/25,644 41,470
Sub-Contractor 659/3,107 657/3,115 3,772
Salesperson 2,250/11,217 2,262/11,245 13507
Contractor/Salesperson 6,778/6,967 6,781/7,054 13,835
New Applications Received 112 146 795
Telephone Calls Received 506 786 5649
Applications Returned to 89 89 531
The overall passing rate for March 2008 was 64%.
a. Acorn Stair Lift
The Commission reviewed Acorn Stair Lift. The chair lift attaches by a metal rail
running from the top to the bottom of the floor. The chair lift is attached with screws or
bolts. The Commission determined that a license would not be required.
b. Sending a Delegation to Western Maryland for a series of Public meetings for
awareness of the MHIC.
Commissioner Snyder spoke about Western Maryland and how it’s not served by
the Commission. Homeowner’s and Contractor’s need to be more aware of the MHIC.
He suggested that MHIC send a delegation along with the building inspectors department
and have an open house to explain who we are and what we do. The Executive Director
will try to communicate with the people there and draft a plan of action. Meetings with
local officials and homeowners' associations, as well as a Public Service Announcement
on their local cable channel may also help. Commissioner Snyder and the Executive
Director will work together to get the word out.
c. HB 409, HB1309 and HB 589
Harry Loleas reported on a very brisk legislative session that saw a large number of bills
affecting DLLR. Specific bills affecting the Commission include:
HB 409, which will increase the amount of Guaranty Fund claims from $15,000
to $20,000 for each claimant and increased the small claim amount from $2,500 to
HB 589 is the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2008, which will require
contractors to have a lead paint accreditation number and accreditation expiration date if
the applicant performs lead abatement services. The Commission will note which
licensed home improvement contractors are also accredited to perform lead abatement
HB 1309 creates the Mold Remediation Services Acts, which requires persons
who provide mold remediation services on residential properties to be licensed by the
Home Improvement Commission.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.
John Borz, Chairman Steven Smitson, Executive Director