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MAY 2004

BOARD MEETING

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
Bill - One Delinquent Account
After open discussion with the owners, the meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2004 in the Meeting Room of The Regency Tower by the Vice-President.

Roll Call - The roll call showed the following board members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Louise Collins, , Fern McBride, Bill Tennenbaum (by phone) and Pablo Verol. Dott Nicholson-Brown was on leave.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on March 9, 2004 were read. Eric Berkowitz made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Louise Collins, unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Bill Tennenbaum, Treasurer, read the financial statement which is posted on the bulletin board in the mail room.

We currently have 1 delinquent account. It has been turned over to our attorney for forced foreclosure. This represents a delinquency rate of less than 0.5%.

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

Committee Reports - President Nicholson-Brown then requested the Committee Reports. Click Here to read each report in its entirety.

New Business - President Nicholson-Brown indicated that there was no New Business.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz and seconded by Louise Collins to adjourn the meeting at 3:45 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAY 2004

Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Well Works Well!
The epic construction effort we are undergoing is winding down. This includes ten simultaneous projects; deck waterproofing, foundation rehabilitation, garage rehabilitation, deck resurfacing, new deck lighting, new landscaping, hundreds of corrected plumbing, electrical and structural code deficits, pool lighting, pool & shower drain rehabilitation, the installation of a well and completely new drainage system to mollify the garage flooding during rainfalls.

The new drainage system is comprised of two main elements, a collection system and a stormwater well. A network of catch basins and connective infiltration trenches installed in the lower driveway will collect the stormdrain runoff. The surface of the lower driveway will be regraded to direct rainwater to the new catch basins. The catch basins are connected by perforated 18-inch pipes that are surrounded by six feet of rock and wrapped in a special fabric. The runoff, once collected in the catch basins, will travel into these pipes. The water will first pass through the perforations in the pipes, then through the rock and filtration fabric and ultimately into the surrounding ground. This insures that the water returned to the aquifer has been purified. When the lower driveway is saturated and unable to accept any more water, the excess will then travel through the network to the well.

The collection system is comprised of three new catch basins, the trench drain in front of the garage and the north and south catch basins located at the west end of the north and south decks by the street. Two basins were installed just north and south of the garage entrance. The garage trench drain empties into the basin that is located below the car wash stand. These two basins are connected to the new third basin at the west end of the lower driveway and the new well.

Our engineer, Brian DiGiralmo, designed a system that provides for several eventualities. A new pipe connects the north and south basins to the system in the lower driveway. Because the new system was designed to primarily address the lower driveway flooding, this connection is plugged, creating two independent systems. The runoff from the north and south decks will not be added to the runoff collected in the lower driveway. This relieves the well from having to dispose of the net rainfall that collects over entire premises. To accomplish its intended mission, it only needs to dispense with the overflow from the lower driveway. If, however, we find that any part of our system becomes overwhelmed for any reason, we can simply remove the plug to alleviate the problem, thereby avoiding additional future construction expenses. We were able to implement this system-wide safety net at no additional cost.

The well was excavated to a depth of 161 feet. After reaching 144 feet we finally attained a layer of hard rock and coral that provides appropriate access to the ocean. From 144 feet to 160 feet we have a geological shelf through which our well will always maintain a water table commensurate with that of the Atlantic Ocean. Because of our proximity to the Ocean, the system couldn’t depend on water having to travel up or down pipes. To offset the problem of the high water table, we installed a level system that is essentially a network of French drains connected to a well that will transfer its contents to the ocean. Because of the electrical outages that plague waterfront communities during severe weather, the system requires no appliances (such as pumps) that would cease to function during a power blackout.

The company that built the collection system, Atlantis Construction, has never before worked in such a tight area without closing it from start to finish. Because this construction is usually performed when a building is first erected, a litany of unexpected challenges had to be addressed on the fly. Despite these obstacles, the construction will be completed a week earlier than the three weeks anticipated. As expected, we had to close the garage for one full day, two half days and for several short intermittent periods during which equipment had to be repositioned. At the end of each work day, a road was built to provide overnight access to and from the garage. Thank you for your patience during this inconvenient procedure.

Click to SPS Web Site S.P.S., our deck contractor, remobilized this week to complete their construction obligations. This encompasses two categories. They need to complete the postponed construction in the lower driveway including the creation of a north entrance planter, new curbs throughout the lower driveway and installing pavers from the expansion joint on the north deck around to the garage entrance. Simultaneously, they will address a punch list of repairs and corrections residual to the construction that has already been completed. For instance, the efflorescence that afflicts some pavers on the upper patio deck with a white residue was unacceptable. Treating the pavers with xylene, a chemical that allowed some of the moisture retained in the pavers to escape, improved the overall appearance. The pavers that continue to exhibit this effect to an abnormal degree will be replaced. We discovered that the dark red pavers on the southeast section of the north deck are not the color that we ordered; they will also be replaced. Several infiltrations became apparent during last months heavy rain. The north entrance to the garage elevator lobby and an infiltration from the south wing planter into the office will be rewaterproofed. The “less than effective” drains installed down the center of the north deck will also be replaced. Some aesthetic modifications will be made to the beach egress and the garage louver will be adjusted. Areas of the north deck and the drive-through that sustain severe ponding will be regraded. S.P.S. estimated that this work should take roughly one month to accomplish. Thank you for your kind attention.

Beautification Committee
Louise Collins’ report was read by the Secretary

Louise - Beautification Committee Report!
LOUISE COLLINS
Progress is being made in the Ladies Room, but at a snail’s pace. We are at the mercy of the contractors and inspectors, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Rendezvous Room is moving along nicely. We expect the major renovations to be completed by June.

Much thanks to Iris and Fern. We appreciate your patience with the work that is being done in the building.

Cable Committee
Howard Hirschman

Howard Hirschman - HDTV
HOWARD HIRSCHMAN
Comcast will be adding WGN, Chicago, to our lineup in the fall (September, October time frame). This means we will not see the Chicago Cubs play until next season.

We can also expect the long awaited Travel channel at about the same time. The same fiber optic TV link is currently providing super high speed Internet service to our building.

 

Housekeeping Chair Dee Lanzillo
DEE LANZILLO
Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

The committee consists of Beverly Smith (402), Susan Larkin (1611) and Ofelia Alleguez (1910). We have made numerous inspections of our building and have found numerous problems on most floors. We have documented our findings and turned them over to Robert, our Maintenance Supervisor, so that these problems could be resolved.

Again, we ask all owners and renters to abide by our housekeeping rules and to be sure that our trash rooms and storage rooms, as well as elevator areas, be kept clean at all times.



Maintenance Committee
Wiley Cotton (report read by Iris Anastasi)

The major accomplishment of the maintenance department was the hiring of Mr. Robert Miles as our new Maintenance Supervisor.. There was strong sentiment from numerous owners that the previous supervisor was not the right man for the job, so he was released before his probationary period expired. A committee placed ads, reviewed about twenty applications, and conducted interviews with five finalists. Mr. Miles, or Rob as many of you have gotten to know him, was deemed the best candidate. We were successful at hiring Rob, and he has gotten off to an excellent start.

Feedback so far is that he has extensive mechanical and technical expertise, is a good supervisor in that his stall enjoys working for him and all work is getting done in a timely manner, and all reports have been positive regarding his interactions with owners. We are pleased and confident that Rob will continue doing a great job for us for many years.

The maintenance department worked closely with Iris Anastasi to complete the Rendezvous Room remodeling. A new air conditioning vent is on site to be installed by us. Most of a new ceiling is done. This will be finished after the a/c vent installation. Numerous small projects were done to expedite work in the two public bathrooms and the Rendezvous Room, and it is rumored that Iris is only a tyrannical boss sometimes.

A drain line in the laundry room was causing some flooding, and it turned out to be a major project. The trash rooms on 12 floors have been patched and painted, and the lights now operate off of motion sensors, which is a nice convenience. The remaining floors will be finished in June. The a/c units for the common areas on each floor have been inspected and all preventive maintenance done. The 15th floor unit was deemed un-repairable, and it was replaced. All main drain lines and traps have been snaked out and cleaned.

The garage entry gate broke and Rob repaired it himself so quickly most of us did not even know it broke. This also saved us paying for an outside service call at nighttime rates. A large safety reflector was installed in the ceiling in front of the garage guard office so we can see if another car is approaching when a guard is not on duty to direct traffic. It works quite well, so please take advantage of it. The old Medeco security locks on all common entrance doors have been replaced with the new electronic locking system. We are removing the old mechanical locks to eliminate confusion. Our maintenance department was prompt in sealing, caulking, and painting after each door mechanism was installed by the contractor.

The trash compactor in the basement broke and we were able to repair it. A preventive maintenance cleaning and repositioning was done at the same time, and three compactor containers were repaired. A lighting fixture distributor has inspected our night security light at the beach access gate and made recommendations for the best type of fixtures to provide security illumination with shining back into owners’ units. Cost of the total has not been calculated yet. The pool access door in the basement broke after barely more than two years of service. We are trying to brace it so it will be serviceable rather than replace it because it will be a significant expense to buy a new exterior fire door. The repair, if it works, might not look so great, but it’s better than $1,400 or more after only two years.

Numerous miscellaneous jobs that got done include emergency exit signs being repaired, sprinkler system repairs, emergency flood control and clean up after two flash flood storms, cooperating with the well drilling contractor to minimize inconvenience for owners while the garage entrance is dug up, and extra clean up for the Air and Sea Show.

In April, our maintenance department invoiced to owners 19 repair work orders for a total of $609. In summary, we had a quite busy and quite good month. Our entire department is performing to everyone’s satisfaction under Robert Miles’ leadership. We are able to perform complicated and tricky repairs in-house, thereby saving money. All work being done is good quality work that is done in a prompt and timely manner.

Screening Committee Chair Margie Nagle
Thanks MARGIE
Screening Committee
Margie Nagle

Purchases: 208 - Malek Beydoun; 1708 - John Mulqueen and Christopher Henry; 110 - Anthony and Sandra Valenti. Leases: 1104 - Robert Austin; 211 - Arianne DeVille.



 

Social Committee
Louise Collins

On April 3, 2004 twenty residents/friends from Regency Tower enjoyed a delightful evening at the Brazilian Tropicana Supper Club. We dined on authentic Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine. We were thoroughly thrilled watching the spiritual ceremony and acrobatic skills of the Afro Brazilian cultures, as well as the carnival extravaganza. It made for a memorable evening.

Bingo came to an end in April. The attendance dwindles with the snowbirds departing as well as the committee. We will begin a new season offering a fuller schedule. We were limited this season due to the Rendezvous Room renovations.

I would like to thank my committee: Barry and Jean Nesbitt, Nancy and George Corse, Liliane Manoli, Dott Nicholson-Brown and Fern McBride. Thank you Tom Abdullah on your great job as caller for Bingo. I couldn’t do it without their help.

Security Report
Joe Anastasi

Joe Anastasi Suggests Uniform Tile on Balconies
JOE - 4 NEW GUARDS
Three new security guards have been hired in the last six weeks and one more guard will be starting tomorrow.


We have been using Tim Keating as temporary help on the third shift.





We Care Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez of Regency Tower Angel Squad
Ofelia Alleguez - Regency
Tower ANGEL SQUAD
We Care Committee

Ofelia Alleguez

Ofelia Alleguez was out of town, however, Louise Collins mentioned that we lost a fine gentleman and neighbor, Joseph Boghos (1401). We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family. He will be missed.

 

Howard - One New Owner
WELCOME MALEK!
Welcoming Committee
Howard Hirschman

During the last period there was a welcoming tour for Malek Beydoun, the purchaser of unit 208 on March 19, 2004, immediately after the screening.


 

SPECIAL UPDATES

MAY 2004

Two Key Fobs have been distributed to the majority of the units. Anyone wishing to exchange their additional Medeco keys can do so by registering in the office. Fobs will be given the following day.

  1. Any renter/lessee desiring an outer door Key Fob must purchase a Fob at $100 per key.

  2. All owners will receive a like exchange of Key Fob for any Medeco Key on record as belonging to that owner. Additional Fobs may be purchased at $100 per key.

 

The Rendezvous Room is closed for all events and activities until further notice.

If you are parking in either the South or North Parking Lot - you must use the "ENTRANCE". To get to the North Parking lot pass through the front lobby entrance driveway on the East side. To "EXIT" the North Parking lot - use the WEST side driveway of the lobby entrance and drive OUT to the Galt from the "ENTRANCE." There is two-way traffic at the front lobby entrance. The "exit" area is still not available for use EXCEPT for cars entering the garage.

Use the "EXIT" only If you are parking in the garage

The front entrance has also been opened for foot traffic but, NO luggage on wheels or carts are allowed on the lobby floor. Use the South door.

 

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