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 (via speakerphone).
Reading of Minutes -The minutes of the meeting held on December 12, 2006 were read. Dee Lanzillo made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.
Financial Report -Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of February 13, 2007. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)
There are four (4) delinquent accounts at this time. There are also three (3) accounts currently in collection with our attorney.
A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz to accept the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.
Wiley Cotton asked for clarification of the statement regarding the due date of the special assessment for insurance. It was explained that one insurance surcharge payment was due on February 1, 2007 and the second payment is due June 1, 2007.
Committee Reports -President Nicholson-Brown then called for Committee Reports. Click Here to read the Committee Reports.
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 Bill Tennenbaum to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m.; unanimously approved.
“Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
.: ♥ Aloha ♥ :.,
To paraphrase a recent Daily Word lesson: Imagine living in a world that is free from conflict. Imagine if love and respect for one another was the standard. Imagine if each of us healed a relationship with just one other person. What a difference it would make in our world, our nation, our country and our Association! While serving on the Board of Directors during the past six years, I lost three friends whom I respect and love, primarily because the Board made decisions which were best for the Association rather than individuals. Unfortunately we must do what is best for the many vs. the few. February is the month of Love. Why not enjoy the feeling?
Well, for the eleven hundredth time I am again stating that we are at the end of repairs and improvements. We’ve practically rebuilt this building. After replacing the Air Conditioning Risers and Fire Exit doors, what else could go bad? Don’t answer that. So this time I mean it when I state we intend to slow down, relax and enjoy our accomplishments. Although the following statement is an oxymoron, I am repeating that I plan to make haste slowly. None of the Board members believe me but you do, don’t you?
Life in the Office
Administration - Things are moving along at the usual hectic pace except with Cindy off enjoying a winter cruise, it is a bit more so. We had to purchase a new Fax machine. Too many faxes coming and going took its toll.
Please advise the Office personnel a day in advance if you expect contractors or delivery persons so that Maintenance may place protective covering on the carpeting.
The Round Table
February 1st MeetingMembers in attendance were: Rafael Alleguez, Shirley Appelman, Laszlo Bandi, Betty Burns, Chris Feneck, Ron Forment, Mike O’Carroll, Tom Palumbo, Anne Petroe, Jim Rigney, Liz Urbano, and Jean Veitch. Excused: Debi Tinsley, Ad Wilson. Board members present were Iris, Eric, Dee, Fern, Bob and Dott.
Looking at the world around me, I see birds, trees, flowers and rocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. Isn’t it marvelous how seamlessly they blend into one solid, unified landscape?
“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.”
Aloha – I love you
Architectural Review & Construction Committee
In early January, Fence and Railing Depot workers installed the final missing sections of balcony railing eviscerated by Hurricane Wilma. Since the replacement sections installed in the six affected units were new, they didn’t color match the existing 7-year old railing. To address this problem, we requested that Continental bypass recoating the balconies with missing sections until those sections were replaced. Once installed, Continental returned to those units and achieved a color match by recoating the adjacent areas in addition to the areas demonstrating exposed metal and blistering.
After 10 months, Continental finally completed recoating every exposure on every balcony railing. The recoating project will extend the useful life of our balcony railings for many years, likewise postponing the expense for replacement. During the course of the project, the contractor addressed coating problems and oversights as they were reported. While the work progressed on Stack 11, six units that reported untreated areas on their railings were scheduled for attention upon completion of that final stack. During the final week in January, the contractor addressed the special problems reported for units 2003, 1010, 707, 706, 506 and 501. As you are aware, the Balcony Railing Rehabilitation Project was accomplished at no cost to the Association.
Several of our high intensity lamps were damaged during Hurricane Wilma and some of the poles were severely twisted. During the past year, we researched the potential repair of the affected poles. Upon learning that the repairs weren’t viable, we looked into their replacement. Unfortunately, the manufacturer no longer makes the model installed by the electrical contractor following the deck repairs. That contractor recommended the complete replacement of our lamps and poles. Considering the possibility of a self-serving agenda, we’ve decided instead to rebid the job. We will solicit bids from three vendors, after which we will identify the strategy that best suits our needs.
Two units applied for architectural review in January. In one unit, the review deterred the installation of a washer-dryer into an area without proper drainage, thereby protecting the owner from the expense and inconvenience of future floods. The washer-dryer was relocated to an area accessible to the appropriate drain line. Had the owner neglected to undergo architectural review and incorrectly install the appliances, he would have suffered the unnecessary expense of removing and reinstalling them. Since the change was effected prior to their installation, it had no financial impact. The second review was approved as applied. Both reviews were completed and returned within 48 hours of submission. Thank you for your kind attention.
A new non-skid floor mat has been installed at the front entrance door. Matching non-skid floor mats have been ordered for the North and South door areas and should arrive shortly.
Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Maintenance: The following are some projects completed by the Maintenance Department:
Housekeeping: All of the hallway renovations are completed. You may have noticed the difference in cleanliness of our hallways. I want to commend Eddie and Marc for their special care on each floor. I salute our Maintenance Department on a job well done. The pool area on both upper deck and beach are looking great. I extend my thanks to Ernest. Special thanks to Johnny for all his hard work.
The long lasting/energy saving light bulbs are being stolen from the fixtures on various floors and replaced with old bulbs.
Regarding a question about the lounge chairs at the pool, they are cleaned once a month, however, the discolored strips may have to be replaced.
Floors 2 – 10: Most floors were fine. In general too many tops are being left on bottles; plastic wrappings are being put into the barrel; on the 6th floor food was left in a bag in the barrel. This is unacceptable. The 9th floor had an electric bulb in the barrel.
Floors 11 – 20: Floors 11, 12, 16 & 18 – lids on plastic containers;
People are putting their empty bottles in a bag; this is not necessary.
Questioned what we do with old electric bulbs.
During the month of January, there was one screening: Anthony Buono leased apartment 708 to Mary Shields.
Security Chief Carlos Pereira
First of all, I would like to express gratitude from my staff and myself for all the cooperation that we have received from owners, lessees and guests for doing their best to follow all building rules and regulations, allowing us, guards, to focus our attention on other security issues.
With all renovation projects concluded, it is time for us to return to our scheduled daily routine, striving to serve you better. Your suggestions to the Board of Directors are always welcome and appreciated. The Security Department still, more now than ever, is counting on your cooperation and confirms our aim to make this building the SAFEST on the GALT MILE.
Safety Tip: For your own safety, bare feet are not permitted at any time or any place on the common property inside of the building.
This committee is in need of a chairperson. However, Bingo began three weeks ago and has been very successful. The participants requested Bingo every Monday, rather than every other week. We thank Tom Abdallah for being a wonderful caller.
Anyone interested in chairing this committee, please contact the office.
We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez reported the following:
Web Site Committee
Following the December 12th Board Meeting, the minutes, the Committee Reports and New Business were posted to the site. After Ad Wilson’s Round Table admonition focusing on the importance of fire extinguishers in each apartment, Rafael Alleguez’ subsequent investigation and recommendation of the most effective type was posted under last month’s New Business. Dott Nicholson-Brown’s Presidents Report illustrates that Regency Tower has completed every major aspect of its rehabilitation - ahead of most of our neighbors - and at less cost. She also offers what transpired in the November 2nd and December 7th Round Table meetings.
The “Around Town” section of the web site has swelled to 9 local activities currently available to Regency Tower residents. Information is offered about the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, Maroone Moonlight Movies, the South Florida Senior Games, the Las Olas Art Fair, Noon Tunes at Stranahan Park, the 11th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival, the 15th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, the 2007 incarnation of ¡Fiesta! Fort Lauderdale and City Commissioner Christine Teel’s “Pre-Agenda” meeting data. The information about these and other local events is always kept current.
On the Real Estate Page, three units sold or rented were deleted and three new ones were added. If your apartment is listed on the Regency Tower Real Estate Page, please inform us if there are any changes to the status of your unit. Thank you for your kind attention.
February 13, 2007 - It was requested that we introduce any candidates running for the Board of Directors that are present. Dee Lanzillo, Iris Anastasi, Bob Nagle and Dott Nicholson-Brown introduced themselves and gave brief comments about what they had accomplished and why they should be re-elected. The only other candidate in the room, Joyce Ramey, declined the opportunity to comment.
The Board is recommending that all unit owners place at least one fire extinguisher in their apartment.
Holiday Blackout Period
February 13, 2007 - An issue came up at a recent Round Table meeting that we have a blackout period for construction/contractor work during Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday. It was suggested that this restriction occur when the office is closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Fourth of July. After discussion, it was decided that there would be further consideration of this issue before a decision is reached.
NOTICES & REMINDERS
Please keep watch on your floor and report whoever is stealing the energy savings light bulbs from our new light fixtures. We will keep all imformation confidential.
Remonder: No antennae may be placed on common area property. Balconies are not exclusive use property. They are Limited Common areas. Antennae may be placed on a stanchion against the interior wall near the floor. See Eric Berkowitz for info.
There are two ways you may help reduce our water bill. First, be sure to use the nozzle when washing your car to prevent water waste. Security keeps a nozzle in the Receiving Room. Secondly, check your toilets and sinks for leaks. It was reported that one unit had a toilet with a running leak for over six months due to death and non-occupancy.
Auto and Motorcycle Registration
If you purchase a new car or change your plates, be certain to give the information to Security and the Administrative office.
When calling for car service, be sure to tell the dispatcher to have the driver pick you up at the North door. Also, when returning, have them drive around to the North door which is very convenient to the service elevator for luggage.
If you engage an employee or outside person to work for you, they should be provided with a key. We do not give out Association keys. Reminder: Permits are required.
The Social Committee Announces
Bingo is Back
Bingo Games resumed on Monday, January 29th at 7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Room and, due to their overwhelming popularity, will continue every Monday. Cards are $1.00 each per person with coverall at $1.00 per card per person. Cash prizes are awarded after each game.
Come on down and join the fun!
The Social Committee
Regency Tower Employee Holiday Fund Report
Contributions from owners and lessees to the Employee Holiday Fund 2006 totaled $10,150.
The amount of $10,150 has been disbursed to the following employees using a formula provided by the Association that takes into consideration their salary and length of employment.
The Committee would like to thank the owners and lessees who contributed for their support and generosity to our employees.
Ofelia Alleguez, Chair