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MARCH 2008

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Regency Tower Annual Members’ Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 13, 2008 in the Meeting Room by the President.

WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS - The following new residents were introduced and welcomed: William David (609), Alton Hollis (904), Heidi Boucher (906) and Harold Pasini (1909).

MINUTES OF 2007 MEMBERS MEETING - The minutes of the March 13, 2007 Regency Tower Annual Members Meeting were read. Margie Nagle made a motion to approve the minutes; seconded by Ginia Wexler; unanimously approved.

OPEN DISCUSSION - The floor was opened to Association Members. Several members spoke on various subjects, such as: Replacement of awning at garage entrance, noise from elevator #2, questions and comments regarding Unit 1701, and some favorable statements regarding the Board of Directors.

Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez Delivers Election Results
Ofelia Delivers Results
REPORT OF SECRETARY – ANNUAL ELECTION -
The election results were delivered by the Election Committee Chair, Ofelia Alleguez.

  • Number of ballots received: 151
  • Number of valid ballots: 138
  • Number of Disregarded (Invalid) Ballots: 13

The official results of the elections held for the three positions on the Board of Directors on March 13, 2008 are as follows:

  • Eileen Bendis – 47;
  • Eric Berkowitz – 105;
  • Fern McBride – 111;
  • William Tennenbaum – 96.

These results were approved, signed and dated by all members of the election committee: Ofelia Alleguez, Chairperson, Cathy Lenz, John McKeever and Jim Rigney. The official document was delivered to the Secretary of the Board.

The Members’ Meeting was closed at 7:42 p.m.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
BILL'S REPORT READ
BY SECRETARY
After the Annual Members Meeting at 7:00 p.m., the regular meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 7:42 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2008 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 and Dott Nicholson-Brown. Bill Tennenbaum was excused due to a serious family illness.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on December 11, 2007 were read. Dee Lanzillo made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

Financial Report - The Secretary gave Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum’s report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of March 13, 2008. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)

A motion was made by Iris Anastasi to accept the Treasurer’s Report; seconded by Dee Lanzillo, unanimously approved.

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 (Election of Officers, New Screening Alternative). Click Here to read New Business.

Announcements

  • The Secretary thanked and expressed appreciation to Ofelia Alleguez for the wonderful job she does as chairperson of the Election Committee. Appreciation was also extended to the committee members: Cathy Lenz, John McKeever and Jim Rigney.

  • Regarding the Pet Survey, the “nays” outweighed the “yeas,” therefore, there will be no pets.

  • Security is not allowed to lift or do maintenance work due to our workers comp insurance policy; please do not ask them to lift anything. Luggage is to be brought around to the North door and should be rolled directly into the service elevator.

  • Everyone must sign the exercise room waiver. Do not send guests down with keys before they’ve signed the waiver.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Iris Anastasi and seconded by Eric Berkowitz to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

MARCH 2008

“Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which makes the difference between the leaders... and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.”
- Johann Friedrich Schiller

  .: Aloha :.,
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown
Johann Friedrich Schiller
Johann Friedrich Schiller
As we begin our 8th year under the direction of the current Board the community can look back with pride on the State of the Association. When my husband and I moved here in 1988 (20 years ago) the Realtor told us that The Regency Tower was at the bottom as to maintenance fees (good), but also as to improvements and desirability (poor). Over the years we discovered the reasons were varied: The infrastructure was deteriorating while being held together in a patch-work fashion, infighting within the various Boards, (in fact, almost every summer while we were north, there would be a coup d’etat with removals of officers and/or employees.

We were elected in March 2001. The very first thing we did within one week was to start a newsletter for the community to foster open communication. We established high standards, specific goals and selected the optimal team to implement the goals. This Board then spent several years rebuilding the infra-structure while maintaining a group which works in harmony versus discord. With the guidance of Rafael Alleguez, Chair of the 5-year Planning Committee, a Round Table and 12 other Committees, we accomplished all the items outlined in the Strategic Plan of 2001 in less than 4 years. These included completing the balcony doors, new hurricane windows, new elevators, a Fitness Center, Remodeled Meeting Room, Rendezvous Room, Restrooms on lower level and 1st floors, new front entrance door and 20 floors of Exterior Fire Exit doors, restoration of Pool, Driveway/Parking/Garage; new drainage well and Landscaping. Additional items accomplished after completion of the 5-Year Plan were new A/C piping on all floors, a Billiards/Poker Room, Key Fob System and Security Camera Monitor System. Lastly, we renovated/redecorated all Hallways.

In other words your and our money has been well spent, notwithstanding the current economic situation in America. We have a building and grounds equal or surpassing any on the Galt Mile and The Regency Tower is now known as the “best” building on the Galt.

2001 – 2008 have been 8 busy years. We can all be proud to live in a building with one of the lowest maintenance cost per square foot, and is the only building able to get private Insurance, and most importantly with a Board able to get along well together while maintaining our fiduciary responsibilities.


Aloha – I love you
Dott

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MARCH 2008

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz - Balconies are Finally Completed
ERIC - FIXED FENCE
LAMP - 11 ARC REVIEWS
Following an evaluation by Mills Electric last August, we repaired six of our storm-damaged high-intensity deck lamps. Among those were the third and sixth lamps from the street on the north deck. Subsequently, the second lamp from the street started operating erratically, intermittently cycling on and off. A call to Fischer Electric revealed that either the ballast or the bulb was failing. Prior to receiving approval for its replacement, Fischer was asked to verify whether manufacturer Lithonia Lighting had any implied warranty responsibility. A few weeks later, Chuck Fischer confirmed that although the fixture carries a one-year defects warranty, no manufacturer exclusively warranties commercial outdoor bulbs or ballasts. After Fischer’s assertion was verified by a quick trip to Lithonia’s website, Fischer Electric received the green light to effect the repair. On Wednesday, March 12th, Fischer installed the new bulb and balanced the fixture’s ballast.

Click to Fischer Electric Web Site Several unit owners overlooking the South Deck security fence reported that the fence was singing again. When the wind whips through the vortex between Regency Tower and the Galt Ocean Club, certain fence pickets vibrate noisily. The fence pickets are supported by a horizontal stabilization bar and then pass through two horizontal spacers. When contacted two years ago, the installer caulked the pickets to the lower spacer, inhibiting the vibration. However, with time, the caulk dried out and cracked, allowing the problem to resurface.

South Deck Security Fence
South Deck Security Fence Singing Stopped
As often occurs in South Florida, installer Fence and Railing Depot is no longer in business and owner Clyde Ambose could not be located. Engineer John Evans assured us that the required repair could be performed in house. We investigated several options that would yield a more permanent result. Soldering the joints would necessitate the intense heat of an arc welder, which could undermine the structural integrity of the prefabricated aluminum fence modules. As per a plan organized by Maintenance Chief John Sala and endorsed by engineer John Evans, we purchased a variable-use epoxy effective for both aluminum and the white powder-coat fence surface. The areas where the pickets intersected the lower horizontal spacer were cleaned with acid after being scraped with a steel brush to improve surface adhesion. The epoxy was mixed on-site and applied to the prepared intersecting joints. Several residents proximal to the fence were asked to report whether the process was effective. If any residual vibratory noise continues to disturb nearby residents, the same process will be applied to the upper spacer, fully immobilizing the entire fence. So far, Tony Cibel, Bobbie LeClaire and a few other residents that overlook the fence have reported a favorable result. If the process continues to prove successful, we will apply the same treatment to the less egregious North Parking Deck fence.

During the past three months, 11 Regency Tower residents submitted pre-construction plans for Architectural Review. While every one was returned within 48 hours, several that were submitted on an emergency basis were reviewed immediately. When one unit owner neglected to submit plans for review, Security stopped the delivery of materials to the site. Unable to pursue the renovation, the contractor brought the plan to the office where it was immediately reviewed and found compliant; allowing the job to proceed on schedule. Two unit owners were precluded from attaching washing machines to drains dedicated to bathroom sinks, avoiding the likely prospect of future floods – not only for them – but those that live in the units below.

Over the past eight years, we’ve witnessed many fights between otherwise peaceful neighbors over ineffective, non-compliant sound insulation. The Association also suffered more than a dozen expensive floods from washing machines attached to low-flow sink drains. The damage was often exponential, spreading eight to ten floors below the failed connection. While the Board is not empowered to undo mistakes allowed in the past, we are committed to preventing future sources of unnecessary conflict and expense.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Insurance Committee
Bob Nagle

Bob Nagle discusses Insurance
BOB NAGLE
The Regency Tower maintains several insurance policies covering various perils including commercial property, general liability, commercial crime, directors and offers liability, umbrella policy, workers compensation coverage and floor insurance. Presently, all of these policies have an effective date of December 1, 2007 and cover a 12 month period ending December 1, 2008.

Click to QBE Our principal carrier (property coverage including hurricane) is QBE Insurance Group whose head office is in Sydney, Australia. QBE derives over half of their business in the western hemisphere and has their main office in New York City. They have an A+ rating and assets in excess of $25 billion. We started doing business with them in the fall of 2004 and for this purpose utilize the insurance brokerage firm Smith Watson Parker.

Click to Smith Watson Parker We are one of the few South Florida condominiums still covered by QBE and this is primarily due to our 100% mitigated status, i.e.; hurricane impact windows, etc. Our annual premium is down 25% from 2007. From an insurance point of view, premiums are determined by complicated future actuarial projections (risks) and what actually happens!

 

Considering a Landscaper
IRIS ANASTASI
New Landscaper
Landscaping Committee
Iris Anastasi

Landscaping: Tri-R, our landscaping contractor, has sold his business and our contract to Vila Landscaping Company. We will be contacting them in the near future to discuss our landscaping needs for the upcoming season.

 

Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

Maintenance:

  1. Maintenance Chair Dee Lanzillo has been EXTREMELY BUSY!
    Dee - Wonder Woman!
    Turtle season has begun. It runs from March through October. We have made all of the necessary preparations to comply with the proper lighting on beach and pool areas.

  2. The stand pipe at South side of front drive thru was replaced by a contractor. It was necessary for Johnny and his new assistant, Eric Verdecia, to core through the concrete down to the garage to make room for the pipe. After the contractor finished, Maintenance poured concrete and sealed/waterproofed the area in accordance with the city fire code. We also must replace the tiles which were removed. Also, maintenance has installed signs above the standpipe according to fire department.

  3. We have replaced the missing molding in elevator #1. It has been gone for sometime. Thanks to Johnny, he was able to match the wood as well as the paint stain. Many thanks Johnny!!

  4. Fence on Southside of our building has been reinforced and painted. Maintenance was able to correct this problem at a minimal cost to our Association. All cameras on our premises are cleaned. The outside cameras are cleaned weekly by Eric.

  5. The garage and all of the outdoor parking areas have been power washed and cleaned. The south wall has been repainted due to some damage to paint. Thanks guys for a job well done.

  6. The pool areas as you all know is in excellent condition. We have received many compliments from our owners. Many thanks to John Coleman.

Housekeeping: Marc and Rocky are doing a great job with the cleaning of all floors from the basement to the 20th floor. Thanks to you both.

Eric Verdecia has been touching up the painting where needed. There were some problems on the 19th floor with the contractors. We addressed the damage with them and I am happy to report that all of the problems have been solved. We also addressed all of the complaints from the 19th floor residents and I am sure that all has been done to their satisfaction.

At this time I am asking the person that removed the painting from the 10th floor to please return it. We have spent thousands of dollars on renovation of and beautification of our hallways, so please do the right thing and return the painting.

Many thanks to all of you.

Recycling Committee
Ginia Wexler

Plastic containers with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 on bottom go in barrels
GINIA WEXLER
An inspection of all trash rooms was conducted by Ginia Wexler and Mark Fetcher on 3/5 and 3/6. Only the 16th floor passed perfect. Following are the findings:

Floors:

  • floor 2Pillow in newspaper box. Cork in bottle, plastic cake lid, garbage in barrel.
  • floor 3Sealed plastic bag of recyclables in barrel.
  • floor 4Lids on container, cork in bottle, cap on bottles.
  • floor 5Sealed plastic bag of recyclables in barrel. Lids on containers.
  • floor 6Gym bag in newspaper bin. Cake plate with cover in barrel – covered with food. Garbage on floor; newspaper in barrel.
  • floor 7Sealed plastic bag of recyclables in barrel. Lids on containers and bottle.
  • floor 8Lids on bottles and plastic container.
  • floor 9Sealed plastic bag of recyclables in barrel. Plastic container on floor.
  • floor 10Cardboard box in newspaper box. Sealed plastic bags of recyclables in barrel. Lids on bottles.
  • floor 11Big tied bag on barrel, paper plates with food, box food in barrel.
  • floor 12Bottle tops everywhere. Empty box covered in plastic; box empty with plastic; 2 containers with liquid inside.
  • floor 14Bottle tops; Container half full of milk.
  • floor 15Top on large tin container.
  • floor 16Okay.
  • floor 17Telephone books wrapped in plastic; top on glass container.
  • floor 18A box put inside a bag; Bottles wrapped on top of box. Box and bottles put inside plastic bag in barrel.
  • floor 19Top on bottles; trash bag full of food scraps, should be disposed of down the chute.
  • floor 20Concrete wrapped in a bag. Large calendar wrapped up.

 

New Rules Soon
Jim Rigney
Rules & Regulations Committee
Jim Rigney

(Report read by the Secretary)

The Regency Tower Rules and Regulations will be reviewed and updated at such time as deemed appropriate, possibly during summer 2008.

 

Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

New Regency Tower Security Chief Carlos Pereira
CARLOS’ MOTTO: BE PREPARED
OUR STAFF IS ALWAYS BEING TRAINED
(Report read by Secretary)


As always, I would like to express my gratitude for being able to work here under this Board of Directors with their guidance and trust. We are already in March, time flies when we have fun!

Last January, our surveillance company updated our system. They corrected some camera angles and relocated others. Also, they rearranged our digital recording time which facilitated us to maneuver the system making it easier to review any past incidents.

We would like to remind you that spring break is here again and some of you will come down and/or will send some guests to enjoy this beautiful weather. Please do not forget to register them ahead of time, this will help us to expedite their registration upon arrival. Also, remind them of some basic rules, such as:

  • Bare feet are not allowed at anytime or any place inside building areas;

  • Use service elevator when you go to and from pool or beach;

  • No children are allowed to play in hallways or use the elevators without adult supervision, etc.

Again, without your assistance, our work won’t count. Therefore, if you have any ideas, suggestions and/or comments, please give them to the Board of Directors and if approved, we will implement it into our daily operation. Our aim is to make Regency Tower the safest building on the Galt.

Safety tip: When you leave your unit for more then 3 days, please remember to turn off your water valves (hot & cold). Prevention is a must!

Social/Bingo Committee
Mark Fetcher

(Report read by the Secretary)

Candace Runs Bingo
Candace - Ms BINGO
The ever-popular 7:00 pm Monday night Bingo in the Rendezvous Room resumed on January 28, 2008.

A new resident, Mark Fetcher, has been calling the numbers. Candace D. Brown handles the “business” side by collecting the money, figuring the proper amount for each game, distributing the prize money and assisting with set-up and closing. Each week, a hard core group of loyal bingo enthusiasts have been joined by other residents in our building. Plus many of our neighbors from surrounding buildings, too.

Candace assures that there’s always plenty of candy and Eric Berkowitz will pop in from time to time and drop off ice cold refreshments.

PLEASE JOIN US!!! Bring your friends!!!

The more that play … the more you can win and you can always be guaranteed to have a fun, social evening.

P.S. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help, we can resume other social activities such as Dinners, Barbeques, Theater, etc.

 

We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez

Ofelia Alleguez’s report read by the Secretary:

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

  • Mrs. Jose Greco (905) – A basket of fruit was delivered upon her return home from the hospital.

  • Kitty Vernoy (109) – passed away on December 16th; interment took place in Virginia; card sent.

  • Eleanor Kooby (2010) – passed away December 20th; note on bulletin board; card sent; trees planted in her memory.

January

  • Ethel Gianoulis (802) – fell at home on January 25th and broke her hip; taken to Holy Cross Hospital where she had surgery; note on bulletin board; card sent; chocolates sent upon her return home from rehab.

  • Steven Lichtman (605) – taken to Holy Cross Hospital on January 29th; note on bulletin board; card sent; plant delivered to him when he returned home.

February

  • Pam Cavka (611) – had heart surgery back home in Illinois; note on bulletin board; card sent.

March

  • Lulzime Rusi (1903) – had surgery at Holy Cross Hospital; note on bulletin board; card sent; chocolates sent when she returned home.

 

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Check “Around Town”
The Regency Tower web site had 86,080 hits in December with 1629 first timers, 79,253 hits in January with 1512 first timers and 91,179 hits in February with 1755 unique site visits. Countries other than the United States from which the most February hits were sourced are Canada, Hungary, Australia, Slovak Republic, Argentina, Poland, Uruguay, Germany, Netherlands, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Romania, France, China, Honduras, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Brazil, Finland and Norway.

The posted December 11, 2007 Budget Meeting minutes included the Report on Reserves Vote and the vote approving the 2008 Association budget. Committee Reports from Construction & Architectural Review, Maintenance & Housekeeping, Screening, Security, We Care and Web Site encapsulated the achievements of our Association volunteers. Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown’s President’s Report updated residents about the Employee’s Holiday Party, Lockouts, relevant Galt Mile Community Association activities and a review of the November Round Table meeting.

Negotiations conducted by the Cable Committee were described in a report entitled “Comcast Fixes Cable Flaws”, which detailed the reasons for an annoying interruption in the HBO signal last December. Ironically, we experienced another recent HBO glitch in which the sound feed was lost. Another article called “Cable Static Blows Over” focuses on Comcast’s responsibility to deliver unadulterated service without any requirement for Regency Tower customers to purchase additional equipment. As explained in the article, if you don’t want digital services, you don’t need a digital box.

Around Town The “Around Town” section on the Home Page receives hundreds of daily hits. Current local happenings, including Art Festivals, Craft Fairs, Music Festivals and relevant political events are described and laced with links to contact data.

Negotiations are proceeding to provide low cost broadband internet service to interested Regency Tower residents. Since Netwerx Systems agreed to lower their participation threshold, we now qualify for voluntary connection to the service. The initial cost to users for the 3 megabyte access will be $20 per month and will decrease as participation increases. Similar to Comcast and Bellsouth, a special modem is required for connection to the signal. Regency Tower residents will be offered three options to acquire this modem. The modem can be purchased outright for $59 or leased for $4 per month. Although no contract is required to participate, residents signing a one-year agreement will receive the modem at no cost.

Bob Nagle recommended that we elicit input from several additional local references before continuing. Appointments to that end will be made next week. If the results are positive, we’ll disseminate detailed information about the service and invite participation. As you are probably aware, comparable service from Comcast is $42.50 per month and Bellsouth charges about $30 monthly. As such, the $20 monthly cost is less than half that of Comcast and 50% less than Bellsouth. Since utilization is voluntary, non-participants will pay nothing. Thank you for your kind attention.

 

NEW BUSINESS

MARCH 2008

Election of Officers

March 13, 2008 - It was announced that Eric Berkowitz has declined the position of Vice President due to his time consuming duties as Vice President of the Galt Mile Advisory Board and Galt Mile Presidents Council. The President called for nominations for Board officers.

  • Fern McBride nominated Dott Nicholson-Brown for President, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

  • Dee Lanzillo nominated Iris Anastasi for Vice-President, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

  • Iris nominated Fern McBride for Secretary, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

  • Iris nominated Bill Tennenbaum for Treasurer, seconded by Bob Nagle, unanimously approved.



Screening Committee
Fern McBride

Thanks Margie!
THANKS MARGIE!
March 13, 2007 - Even though there is nothing in our documents about how we screen, we have been doing it by committee. We have had some excellent chairpersons of the Screening Committee, namely Margie Nagle and Iris Anastasi, who have worked very hard, but it has been a very difficult job to get the committees together. Our policy will now be that screening will be done by two or three board members and/or the secretary.

A motion was made by Iris Anastasi that the Screening Policy of the Regency Tower Association be changed as follows: The normal application and investigation procedures for Sales and Leases will remain intact. Screenings will be conducted by two or three Board Members and/or the Secretary. The motion was seconded by Bob Nagle and unanimously approved.

 

NOTICES & REMINDERS

MARCH 2008

Game Room

The waiver for use of the Game Room limits its use to playing of Billiards, Ping Pong, Card Games or other table Games.

Exercise Room

Please do not go into the Exercise Room from 10 – 10:30 and ask the cleaning person to wait until you finish. No one should enter between 10am and 10:30am. The Maintenance Department thanks you.

Refrigerators

It is extremely important that you leave your refrigerator on when away from your unit. The costs are very low. For the 4th time, and twice within one month, our maintenance employees were made ill from rotten, spoiling food full of toxins and e-coli bacteria. Additionally on one floor the neighbors became ill from the odor.

Laundry Room

Do not put Canadian coins in machines. Also, please do not bring down garbage or dirty diapers and throw into the trash receptacle. These should be wrapped in plastic and discarded down the chute.

Elevator Reservation

Reminder: A $500.00 deposit and reservation must be made for delivery and removal of appliances, A/C and or Hot Water Heaters, any piece of furniture, molding, etc. as well as all move ins or outs. The deposit covers any damage that may occur to our elevators, strobe exit light, walls and floors.

DEADBOLTS

Please do not put a deadbolt on if you are living alone. If there is an emergency, Association employees nor Emergency Medical Technicians can get in. This has caused a delay in getting help to residents in the past.



Absentee Procedure

If you are absent for more than 3 (three) days the following should be done:

  1. Shut off all water.
  2. Remove everything from balcony.
  3. Complete two copies of absentee card – 1 to Security and 1 to office.

Manufacturers recommend that you do not turn off your refrigerators. The gaskets dry out. It only uses a very small amount of electricity.

Service Contractors

Click to Mr. Appliance Web Site You may add the following to the list of Contractors for plumbing, air conditioning, appliances, etc. presented in the October News Letter.

Add to this List:

We would appreciate feed back on any contractors on the list.

Car Keys

It is imperative that a set of keys to your vehicle/s be left in the Office at all times. Auto keys are kept in a locked Key Box inside a second locked room in the Office. It becomes necessary at various times to move vehicles in the garage and outside during cleaning and other necessary occasions. Vehicles will be towed if a key is not available.

Service Contracts

All owners should have Service Contracts for maintenance and repair of such items as air conditioning units, toilets, sinks, refrigerators, heating pumps etc. The Association is not responsible for personal property and the maintenance personnel are busy maintaining the common-use items. We recommend that you contact a service contractor such as:

Surveillance

It is necessary for residents to come in to the Office or call to advise Office personnel when you are back in residence if you want your Surveillance discontinued while you are here. The same is true for when you leave and wish to resume service.

TO NEW OWNERS: The Association provides Surveillance at a cost of $12 per visit during your absence on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Surveillance includes:

  1. Flush Toilets
  2. Open all faucets
  3. Run garbage disposal
  4. Check air-conditioning room
  5. Check apartment for water leaks
  6. Check refrigerator
  7. Check general appearance of apartment
  8. Replace smoke detector battery as needed (charge for battery only)
  9. Inspect balcony
  10. Check windows

Air Conditioning Maintenance

The Association provides Air Conditioning Maintenance at a cost of $20 per quarter or $6.66 per month. This consists of:

  1. Blow out hoses and notify owners if replacement is required.
  2. Check drain pan, insert Pro-Treat tablets.
  3. Replace filter each month.
  4. Clean coil
  5. Pour in formula 7961 to keep lines clean.

No charge to you if the hose bursts and you are on A/C Maintenance.

 

EVENTS

MARCH 2008

“Hunger is no Day at the Beach”

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP)
"Hunger is no day at the beach"
January 29, 2008 - We are pleased to be a part of a campaign to reduce hunger in Broward County. The Regency Tower is a sponsoring member of the Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive!!! From February 1st to February 29th, please bring in your bag full of non-perishable contributions to support the good work of the
Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP). The CFP feeds over a million meals to the hungry of Broward County each year!

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) needs YOU!
Fill the bag & your HEART
This is the second year we are participating in this laudable effort. Last year, the Galt Mile neighborhood donated more than two and a half tons of food and sundries. In a friendly community competition, Regency Tower placed third in the amount of food donated per unit (2.7 lbs/unit) and fourth in the total amount of food donated (548.5 lbs). Since the number of participating associations has increased this year from 8 to over 20, the projected Galt Mile collection goal is 15,000 lbs of food.

Families are Fed by the Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) and YOU!
Hungry Families are Fed
Donations of canned meats and fish (tuna, Spam, ham, chicken, sardines, Vienna Sausage, etc); canned fruits; canned vegetables; canned meals (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti & meatballs, etc); soups (canned or instant); peanut butter & jelly/jam; dried milk; beans; pasta; rice; cereal and paper & plastic grocery bags are always needed. Baby food and baby formula (powdered or canned) and diapers of all sizes are also huge needs. Just as they get stocked on the shelves, they go right out. Also, donations of hygiene supplies such as small shampoos, conditioners, soap, toothbrushes, razors, and shaving cream help those living on the streets and barely making ends meet.

This year, they will also accept cash/checks. Every dollar contributed will be credited as 1 lb. of food towards the association's food total. Checks should be made out to “Cooperative Feeding Program”. The CFP can leverage your dollar by purchasing food for 18 cents per pound. Your $$$ will go a long, long way!

Please deposit your bagged food & sundry donations in the office.
THANK YOU!!!!!!

The Bingo Committee Announces

Bingo is Back

Bingo Games are scheduled to resume on Monday, January 28th at 7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Room and, unless participation dictates otherwise, 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 Committee

Candace Brown
Mark Fetcher
Fern McBride

Annual Holiday Fund for Employees

The Holiday Season is upon us and, as is our custom, we are asking everyone to contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2007. 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 December 1, 2007 TODAY so that distribution may be made at the Employees’ Holiday Party on Friday, December 14th at Noon.

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, when the garage door was on the fritz, during every flood, and during dozens of other instances that pass unnoticed because they do their job so well. 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

Fern McBride
Carole Rigney
Jim Rigney

Employee Service Awards

Vincent Laino, Heather O’Neal, Candace Browm and Marcelin Prudent are Commended
Vinny, Heather, Candace and Marc are Commended
July 21, 2007 - Regency Tower nurtures a tradition of recognizing the dedication demonstrated by employees. Commemorating having successfully completed their first full year of service, the Board of Directors awarded Gold Service Pins and congratulatory letters to four members of the Regency Tower family on Friday, July 6th. The ceremony was attended by their fellow employees and members of the Board.

Dott Awards Marcelin Prudent
Marcelin Prudent
Representing the Association, President Dott Nicholson-Brown consecutively called upon Marcelin Prudent, Vincent Laino, Candace Brown and Heather O’Neal to receive their accolades. As each presentation was made, Dott read the following acknowledgement of the employee’s acheivement:

Attending Board Members
Attending Board Members
“Please accept our sincere congratulations and this commemorative pin in recognition of your first anniversary with The Regency Tower Association, Inc. Dependable employees like you have helped to make The Regency Tower one of the best condominiums on the Galt Mile.”

Well Done Cake
"Well Done" Cake
At this point, each letter was tailored to reflect the employees' job title, expressing their supervisor's satisfaction with their efforts and a recommendation that their empolyment continue. Each letter ended with:

“On behalf of the Association, we extent our best wishes to you. We are certain you will continue to improve and celebrate more years here.”

Dott Awards Vincent Laino
Vincent Laino
Dott Awards Heather O’Neal
Heather O’Neal
Dott Awards Candace Browm
Candace Brown
 
Fellow employees celebrate awards
Fellow Employees Help Celebrate Peers Recognition
 

 

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