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APRIL 2003

BOARD MEETING

After open discussion with the owners, the meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 3:05  p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2003 in the Meeting Room of The Regency Tower by the President.

 Roll Call:  The roll call showed the following board members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Louise Collins, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Fern McBride, and Pablo Verol. Henry Kaplan was absent.

Reading of Minutes:  The minutes of the annual meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on March  11, 2003 were read.  A correction under the Maintenance Committee report was made changing the report for the month of February instead of March.  Also, the correct email address is:  regencytower1@netzero.net

Iris Anastasi made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Louise Collins, unanimously approved.

Financial Report: Rafael Alleguez, Treasurer, presented a line by line statement of all accounts. He stated that the status of the accounts report is posted on the bulletin board in the mail room.

A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz to accept the Treasurer’s Report; seconded by Fern McBride; unanimously approved.

The next Board of Directors Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2003.

Adjournment:  A motion was made Louise Collins and seconded by Eric Berkowitz to adjourn the meeting at 3:40 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride,

Board Secretary

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Aloha,

Although we have been very busy and a lot has happened since last month, my mind is so boggled I can’t recall any of it! I guess I’ve finally caught that CRADT (Can’t Remember A Darn Thing) disease that’s going around! With ever-changing demands, high expectations and a volatile economic climate, our Association face daunting challenges. The leadership challenge is complex and demanding. But, this Board is up to it - so far.

ADMINISTRATION:  Things are humming in the Administrative Office. Alicia is taking computer classes and keeping up-to-date (for the most part) on the goings and comings of our Residents. Cindy seems busier now than before we acquired a receptionist. Notice I said "seems." If not, she sure puts on a good show. In all seriousness, these two ladies, along with the Maintenance and Security employees are what keeps the "wheels" turning here at The Regency Tower. This Board is keenly aware of the value of our people as we know that along with a return on our property investment, we must determine a return on our human capital investment. For, without human capital, nothing can occur in any organization. By the way, if you wish to have something duplicated, the first three (3) copies are free. Copies four through ten (4-10) are 25 cents each. Anything over 10 copies must be handled elsewhere.

ROUND TABLE:  The Round Table met on April 3rd. Members present were: Ray Zabal, Dr. Morris Weiner, David Tinsley, Dee Lanzillo, Shirley Hopkins, Vickie Fournier, Tom Griffin, Nick Petroe, Rafael Alleguez and Joe Anastasi in addition to six Board Members. Excused were: Joshua Parker, Martha Sellas and Elaine Welzel. Nick asked about the palm tree that was cut down at the North curb of our building. Eric has been in contact with the city. It will be replaced. Dr. Weiner expressed concern about the stated policy of owners obtaining Service Contracts. A list of minor items to be performed by in-house maintenance will be established. Shirley and Dee each stated that the letters sent by the Board to owners on their respective floors have improved improper use of the trash room. Vickie suggested signs in the laundry room be consistent. Iris had already obtained new signs. She also suggested a trash pail near the car wash area. Beautification will get this accomplished. Also, the importance of absent owners having a humidistat or air conditioning on when they leave for the summer as humidity causes mold which can travel across your ceiling and into the units of others. Tom suggested providing owners with one free Resident directory every year. Rafael agreed that a yearly directory should be provided. The Board agreed that an alphabetical listing will be included at the back of the Rules & Regulation booklet, which is updated every May. He also suggested a rearrangement of maintenance hours. This has been accomplished. Ray and David complimented the Board.

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) DONATION:  Hurrah! ROBERT DERHAM of 810, has donated $2,200.00 for the purchase of an AED for The Regency Tower Association, Residents and Employees. (see letter below) The presentation took place on April 14, four months to the day that he lost his wife, Cathryn. An AED can be a major aid in resuscitating a heart attack victim. It takes a person through the steps with a computerized voice. The residents and employees of The Regency Tower thank you and salute you ROBERT DERHAM.

OWNERS AND LESSEES:  If you are leasing your unit, please advise your lessees to become familiar with the Rules & Regulations and the differences associated with Condo living. During the past year the Board has found it necessary to disapprove the renewal of two leases due to non-compliance or complete disregard of The Regency Tower Rules & Regulations. Additionally, one of the lessees was a nuisance to his neighbors above, below and on either side of him. Remember, lessees behaviors are the responsibility of an owner, not the Board.

GOOD BYE SNOW BIRDS:  As Snow Birds are leaving us unit by unit, we feel a little saddened. You brought laughter, wonder and delight in the changes to our property, attendance at our Social events, love, peace and harmony to the Association and delightful diversity to our presence. We will miss you. But!!!! when you return next winter, there will be more wonder, joy and delight in the changes that will greet you. Of course, the biggest change will be our new Driveway/Parking Restoration which will begin in May as soon as the rest of you finish leaving. OOPS! Do I sound as if I’m rushing you? I’m not. But hurry, hurry. Also, you will find new men and ladies restrooms on the lobby floor and much more which will surprise you upon your return.

I close with wishes for a Happy Passover and Easter to all. And to you Snow Birds enjoying the season of Spring, don’t forget to send me pictures of the Robins, Butterflies and blossoming flowers and trees.

Aloha,

Dott

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

April 14, 2003

To:  The Board of Directors - Dott Nicholson-Brown

From:  Robert Derham

Subject: Automated External Defibrillator

As you know, my dear wife, Cathryn Virginia, who suffered from a heart condition, passed away on December 14, 2002, exactly four months ago.

It is my wish that, in remembrance of her, the Association acquire an AED machine for the use of residents and employees of the Association.

For this purpose, I enclose my check #293 in the amount of $2,200.00 to be used exclusively for such purpose.

R .J. Derham

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  We again urge all absentee owners to leave keys for vehicles if you will be away between May and November.  If the contractor is ready for the area where your car is parked and we do not have keys "YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED."  If you have available space in the garage, we would appreciate authorization to use it.  Eric Berkowitz has obtained parking at:

ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORING CONDOS FOR THE CARS IN THE GARAGE

and at

WINN DIXIE FOR THE CARS PARKED OUTSIDE.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Beautification  - Louise Collins reported that the committee is in the process of working on the remodeling of the first floor Men’s and Ladies restrooms.  The funds were approved for this project in the 2003 budget.  Thanks to Rafael Alleguez, Iris Anastasi, Fern McBride for many hours of their time.  We also welcome a new member, Debi Tinsley.

Cable - Howard Hirschman reported the building’s cable replacement project is well underway.  Subcontractors hired by AT&T Broadband/Comcast have brought new cable from the street to our roof.  They are now running new lines to each unit. Cables are dropped from the roof to each balcony in a protective sleeve.  Cable is then delivered into the unit and attached to existing internal wiring.  As each stack is rewired, the signal is briefly disrupted while switching from the old cables to the new system.  The first stack completed was #6.  Last week stacks #7, 8 and 9 were finished.  #10 was done and #11 will be attended to this week.  Stacks #1 through 5 will be completed during the next few weeks.  This cable upgrade will allow our residents to take advantage of additional services.  We can look forward to connecting our telephones, fax machines and computers to the new system if so desired.

Construction  - Eric Berkowitz reported on the Driveway Project.  The existing driveway surface and the impaired 30-year old waterproof membrane will be removed and discarded.  A new functional waterproof membrane will be installed and the driveway will be completely resurfaced.  Because we are upgrading a system that was originally installed over 30 years ago, the new construction will require the adjunctive code improvements in the project’s structural, electrical, and plumbing components.  The grounds will conjointly undergo a complete landscaping. 

The key to the success of this project is the planning, integration, and oversight of these elements.  To this end, we met several times with John Evans, our Consulting Engineer.  We initially invited 6 reputable contractors to bid on this project.  With the guidance of the Consulting Engineer, we narrowed the field until we arrived at our ultimate selection.  The company chosen, Pompano-based Structural Preservation Systems (SPS), is a well-respected local subsidiary of the Maryland-based Structural Group.  The company is easily the most substantial of the entire bidding field.  Their references are sterling and they purport impressive experience in the construction areas warranted by our project.

The actual construction is estimated to take roughly six months to complete.  The project will commence after passing the required statutory permit procedures.  The bulk of the work will be done in the “off-season,” thereby diminishing the disruption to our residents.

The Project will be done in two segments.  The south side of our premises, both the driveway and the garage, will be done first.  All of the vehicles occupying spaces in these areas will need to be relocated.  Once completed, the same procedures will occur on the north side of the building.  The property will be completely re-landscaped subsequent to the construction. While renovating the surface above the garage, any vehicles located underneath the active construction are subject to damage.  It is therefore critically important to insure that the keys to every vehicle whose owner is absent the premises are available in the office.  If your car needs to be towed you will be complicating the project and charged for the expense.

We instituted repairs on the balcony railings in units 610, 808, 1007 and 1811 during the past month.  Please clean and wax your balcony railings.  A spray wax is adequate and it will make cleaning the railings a quick and simple task.

Housekeeping - Louise Collins reported that the Housekeeping Committee is dedicated to keeping up with the everyday needs of the building.  We appreciate your support.  We are still having a problem with the hand towels being taken in the lower level restroom.  Whoever it is, is stealing from his/her neighbors and is costly as well.  Thanks for your assistance, Fern and Ofelia.

Laundry - In the absence of Lazlo Bandi and Martha Sellas, it was reported that $685.00 was collected and everything is fine in the laundry room.

 Maintenance - Pablo Verol reported that the past month was mainly preventive maintenance to the infrastructure of the building.  We tuned up all the pumps, installed a temporary gate door to the proposed Game Room and replaced lights in the Southeast area of the garage.  The Maintenance Department personnel now have staggered hours - 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This gives us two hours extra coverage.  One hour earlier in the morning and one hour later in the afternoon.

Recycling  - Ginia Wexler submitted the following report:  There are no signs in trash rooms on floors 2, 3 and 8; the 20th floor needs a need sign.  Many of the newspaper boxes have lost their printing.  These need to have “Newspapers & Magazines Only” printed on them.  Because of the cable work, there were numerous wires in many barrels.  Signs should have made it clear that this is not an acceptable item for the barrels.  Many people are leaving empty cartons in the barrel.  They should be folded and put in a bag down the chute.  Some people are not washing containers and some are stuffed with soiled napkins, etc.  Tops are left on in spite of signs saying:  “No lids or tops.” Please take plastic covers off of newspapers; and do not leave paper bags with the newspapers.  My own floor, #12, has one person, not uncovered yet, who puts all trash in the barrel.  Apparently he or she does not know there is a chute on the opposite wall even though I put up a sign especially for that person!

Screening - Margie Nagle, co-chair of this committee, reported there are new owners of #602:  David and Debi Tinsley, along with their children Bailey, Matthew and Grace.  New lessees of #1711 are Wanda da Silva and her son Jean Grabiel.

Social - Louise Collins reported that the Social Committee held its monthly coffee and bingo games.  We all enjoyed a Western Barbecue on the outside patio, threatened by rain.  The chefs, Ed LaChance, Barry Nesbitt and Peter Pedrette did a great job on the grill, assisted by Tony Rinomato.  The ladies, Nancy Corse, Liliane Manoli, Fern McBride and Jean Nesbitt hosted and served.  Recently a group attended the first presentation of “Star Gazing on the Beach,” featuring Vince Hill.  It was an enjoyable evening - beautiful weather and wonderful entertainment.  Pictures have been placed in the mailroom capturing some of the social events. We hope they will remind you of the good times we have shared as neighbors and friends.  We said farewell for the season to some of our committee members - Jean and Barry, Nancy and Jerry, and Liliane.  I want to thank them as well as Dott and Fern for their support.  I couldn’t do it without their help.  I’m blessed.  It was a great season.  We still have a few more events planned - watch the bulletin boards!

We Care - Ofelia Alleguez submitted the following report:

• A donation was sent in memory of John Papa (1005), who passed away in March.

Thalia Parker (1502) was hospitalized at Imperial Point with a broken hip.  Note on bulletin board, card sent, follow up calls.  Spoke to her husband today - Thalia was in rehab but had to go back to hospital - she is at North Broward Hospital.

Tom Abdullah (503) was at Holy Cross for several days.  Note on bulletin board, card sent.  He is home now - fruit basket sent.

Welcoming - Howard Hirschman reported he had conducted a welcome tour for the two families reported screened by the Screening Committee - one new owner and one new lessee.

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