After open discussion with the owners, the CY2007 Budget Presentation meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2006 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, Dee Lanzillo, Fern McBride, Bob Nagle, Dott Nicholson-Brown and Bill Tennenbaum.
Reading of Minutes -The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on September 26, 2006 were read. Bill Tennenbaum made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.
Recommendation: CY2007 Budget, Reserves (Bill Tennenbaum) -The Treasurer thanked the Finance Committee: Bob Nagle, Insurance, Ron Forment, Operational Expenses, Martha Sellas, Contracted Services, and Dott Nicholson-Brown, Administrative Costs (which include Salaries and Benefits).
Committee Reports -President Nicholson-Brown then called for Committee Reports. Click Here to read each report in its entirety.
New Business -President Nicholson-Brown then called for New Business. Click Here to read New Business.
Adjournment -A motion was made by Dee Lanzillo and seconded by Eric Berkowitz to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.; unanimously approved.
Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Upon completion of the South Deck security fence, the contractor turned to the North Deck fence in an effort to thwart unrestricted trespasser access from the street to the beach. The North Deck fence is also anchored by 3-inch posts inserted 6 to 8 inches into the wall. However, the instability of the concrete wall that supports the fence had to be addressed. Examination of the fence damage after every storm revealed that while the fences remained intact, the cores they were posted into consistently cracked under the sustained wind and/or impact pressure. As such, a steel corset lining the easternmost garage wall will serve to prevent the reactive deterioration its predecessor suffered when pummeled by debris. The diamond plate flashing that’s firmly affixed to the wall helps distribute debris impacts throughout the entire wall as opposed to concentrating the stress on the posted cores. To save money, the flashing was installed by our own versatile maintenance department under the guidance of Fence and Railing Depot.
Rehabilitation of the pool fence, the seawall fence and hurricane damaged balcony railings was commenced earlier this year. Several sections of the replacement fence and railing were deemed inadequate and had to be remade. One remaining section of pool fence and a corner attachment will complete the pool and seawall span. Two sections of the replacement balcony railing also had to be rewelded and reinstalled.
Prior to performing any construction in your unit, please submit your plan to the office for review. Your home is your castle and you are entitled to configure it as you see fit. However, since your floor is your neighbor’s ceiling, this brief review will protect you from inadvertently violating some regulation that may require demolition of the new construction. Unfortunately, each year we suffer expensive floods and leaks resulting from the unauthorized past installations of appliances connected to plumbing not designed to manage the additional drainage. Ironically, a significant percentage of conflicts between neighbors that would ordinarily be friends arise from ineffective sound insulation. To avoid the expense and inconvenience of tearing up a newly installed floor or moving an appliance, simply inform the office of your intentions prior to starting work. Submissions are generally approved within 48 hours and when the occasional problem is discovered, it is usually cured by a minor adjustment to the plan… often resulting in a lower cost! It also protects you from unanticipated consequences and/or complaints in the future. The review will cost you nothing and could save you a bundle.
To allow our residents access to new technologies, we’ve reviewed several additional products for use as flooring sound insulation. The new products are substantially thinner than the cork, Laticrete, Southcrete and Sound Out materials that previously comprised the authorized underlayments list. The first of these, NobleSeal, was added to the list several years ago. Two additional products, Proflex and Insulayment, were added last month. All three new products surpass the sound transmission coefficient (STC) and noise reduction factor (NRF) specifications required by our regulations. Additionally, they demonstrate excellent Impact Insulation Coefficients, another measurement of noise transmission. Unlike the products that originally populated the list, their contribution to the height of the floor is negligible, avoiding any potential tripping hazards. More information about these products is available on the General Information Page of the Regency Tower web site under “Floor Coverings”. Links to their manufacturers’ web sites and relevant Product Data Sheets were made available.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Our Hallway renovations are now in the completion stages. The final floors of carpeting should all be installed in the next week to 10 days. The baseboard follows and the final tweaking of the individual floors continues. Most of the furniture pieces have been delivered, and some of the owners have already picked accessories for their floor. They have all done a wonderful job.
I want to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this construction period. We are almost at the end and we should look beautiful for the upcoming Holidays.
The Landscaping Committee has met on several occasions during the past weeks. We are considering a landscaper who we are now in the process of working with on the different types of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers to be planted that will work within our budget. He has mentioned to us that once an agreement is reached he would be able to begin in about ten days with completion in approximately two weeks.
Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Maintenance: The following items were completed:
Housekeeping: Our maintenance crew has been quite busy cleaning up from all of the renovations taking place on the various floors. They have kept the floors and trash rooms much neater and continue to do so. It is we, the owners and residents of our building, who must make sure we do our part by abiding by all the rules and regulations. Many thanks to our Maintenance Crew and Housekeeping Crew for all of their cooperation during the renovations.
Margie Nagle reported that there were no screenings since the previous meeting.
The Social Committee met on Wednesday, November 8th and discussed the following: Theater production at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Performing Arts Center (call Pat and Jim DiSebastian); Coffee Hour at 10:00 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of each month, starting in January; Bridge on Monday afternoons starting January 8th (sign up with Jean Veitch, if interested); Pool Tournament; Wine and Cheese on January 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; 50/50 raffles for fund raising to have other affordable evening functions.
The Committee needs suggestions and volunteers.
Ofelia Alleguez reported that happily, for the first time, the We Care Committee had no illnesses or deaths to report.
Web Site Committee
In response to a flood of questions about the newly reinvigorated fence rehabilitation, an article explaining many of the points contained in this months Architectural Review and Construction Committee Report was published on October 26th. Given the absence of an October Board Meeting, the article was posted to bridge an information gap between the September and November Meetings. On November 1st, an article about the advantages of early voting was published. In addition to the missing the crowds, avoiding the polling place lines and other unnecessary voting pressures, it gave the addresses of locations convenient to Regency Tower that facilitated early voting.
As usual, the “Around Town” segment on the Home Page was updated. The October Viva Broward event, Fort Lauderdale’s Halloween Party called “Nightmare in the Park”, the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Riverwalk, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and the Boat Show were all reviewed. Of course, these events have been replaced with their November counterparts, giving residents and visitors a built-in ongoing basis for a current potential itinerary. Hits on the “Around Town” section have more than doubled over the past two months, reflecting its popularity. Along with the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch and the 21st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, information about America Recycles Day - 2006, Commissioner Christine Teel’s bi-weekly pre-agenda meetings, the Broward County Fair and the Bank of America ¡FIESTA! Fort Lauderdale street fair is posted with event details, contact info and appropriate links.
We have been blessed with a marked lack of Hurricane activity so far this year. Dozens of hits to the Hurricane segment of our web site demonstrates an active interest in avoiding any catastrophic surprises and keeping our preparations current and effective. With the replacement of City Cruiser buses with the Sun Trolleys, a corresponding update was posted on the General Information page.
Also updated was the Floor Coverings section on the General Information page. During the past few years, new technology has made available improved sound underlayments, adding alternatives to the thick cork, Laticrete, Southcrete and Sound Out entries that have historically been the only acceptable options. These new entries are much thinner and extremely competitive. Following the addition of NobleSeal two years ago, Proflex and Insulayment were added this year after demonstrating sound transmission coefficient (STC) and noise reduction factor (NRF) specification compliance with Association regulations. These new products are listed along with links to relevant Product Data Sheets.
Heralding in the season is the annual reconfiguration of our Committees and the Round Table. The new Round Table member roster is posted on the Round Table page above this years meeting schedule. The new Committees and their updated membership are available on the Committees Page. Thank you for your kind attention.
A suggestion was received that our Treasurer conduct a class in understanding financial reports.
NOTICES & REMINDERS
Carl’s Touch Car Wash
Carl’s Touch Car Wash
They are located (you guessed it) at the car wash space by the pedestrian entrance to the garage. “Carl’s Touch” car wash is offered every Saturday between 10 AM and 2 PM. Interested? Just speak to (you guessed it again) CARL.
Vote Smart Vote Early!
Vote Smart Vote Early!
Employee Service Awards
Annual Holiday Fund for Employees The Holiday Season will soon be here and, as is our custom, we are asking everyone to contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2006. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff for everything they have done during the past year to make living at the Regency Tower comfortable and pleasant. The total amount received will be divided among all members of our staff. Although many residents give more, a minimum of $50.00 is suggested. We thank you for your generous response to this request. Please make your check payable to “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” and deposit it into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk. If you are not in residence, please mail your contribution addressed to: Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund by Our committee wishes you and your family a joyous Holiday Season, as well as happiness and good health throughout the coming year. Please keep in mind that many of our employees extended themselves far beyond their respective “job descriptions” before, during and after every emergency. Their actions contributed heavily to moderating the inconvenience and damage costs faced by our Association during and after each hurricane, often risking their own safety to promote ours. We were one of the few Associations to enjoy an employee presence throughout every episode. This is an opportunity for each of us to show our gratitude and reward their dedication. Please DON’T ALLOW IT TO PASS without being heard from - editor Employee Holiday Fund Committee Ofelia Alleguez
Annual Holiday Fund for Employees
The Holiday Season will soon be here and, as is our custom, we are asking everyone to contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2006. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff for everything they have done during the past year to make living at the Regency Tower comfortable and pleasant.
The total amount received will be divided among all members of our staff. Although many residents give more, a minimum of $50.00 is suggested. We thank you for your generous response to this request.
Please make your check payable to “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” and deposit it into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk. If you are not in residence, please mail your contribution addressed to: Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund by
Our committee wishes you and your family a joyous Holiday Season, as well as happiness and good health throughout the coming year.
Please keep in mind that many of our employees extended themselves far beyond their respective “job descriptions” before, during and after every emergency. Their actions contributed heavily to moderating the inconvenience and damage costs faced by our Association during and after each hurricane, often risking their own safety to promote ours. We were one of the few Associations to enjoy an employee presence throughout every episode. This is an opportunity for each of us to show our gratitude and reward their dedication. Please DON’T ALLOW IT TO PASS without being heard from - editor
Employee Holiday Fund Committee