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MARCH 2009

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Regency Tower Annual Members’ Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 12, 2009 in the Rendezvous Room by the Vice President.

MINUTES OF 2008 MEMBERS MEETING - The minutes of the March 13, 2008 Regency Tower Annual Members’ Meeting were read. Dee Lanzillo made a motion to approve the minutes; seconded by Eric Berkowitz; unanimously approved.

OPEN DISCUSSION - Iris Anastasi announced that this meeting is for unit owners. If you are not a unit owner, as a courtesy you may stay but not speak or disrupt the meeting in any manner. Owners will have 2 minutes to talk on one subject. If an owner has more than one subject to discuss, they are asked to hold it until everyone has had an opportunity to speak. Suggestions are always welcome, but any minor complaints pertaining to the maintenance, housekeeping, landscaping or beautification of the building should be addressed with the chairperson of that committee or a written letter needs to be sent to the office. This is not the forum for bringing up those types of issues.

The floor was opened to Association Members. Several members spoke on various subjects, such as: exercise room cleaning, vending machines location, security staff issues, concerns regarding effect of economy on unit values, unit 1401, swimming pool drain compliance, etc. and building painting.

The meeting was recessed at 7:30 p.m. until the completion of the election results.

Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez Delivers Election Results
Ofelia Delivers Results
REPORT OF SECRETARY – ANNUAL ELECTION -
The election results were delivered by Secretary Fern McBride at the request of the Election Committee Chair, Ofelia Alleguez.

  • Number of ballots received: 151
  • Number of valid ballots: 125
  • Number of Disregarded (Invalid) Ballots: 26

he official results of the elections held for the four positions on the Board of Directors on March 12, 2009 are as follows:

  • Iris Anastasi – 66;
  • Eileen Bendis – 49;
  • Dott Nicholson Brown – 89;
  • Maria “Dee” Lanzillo – 86;
  • Robert Nagle – 88.

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 committee was thanked for the excellent job they performed as members of the Election Committee. The unusually large number of disregarded/invalid ballots was due to several owners not following the legal procedure of placing their ballots in the small “ballot” envelope, which must be sealed and placed in the large envelope that is signed by the designated voting owner.

The Members’ Meeting was closed at 8:00 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. was recessed at 7:30 p.m., the regular meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in the Rendezvous 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 and Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone).

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on December 9, 2008 were read. Eric Berkowitz made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.

The minutes of a special meeting regarding staggered terms of the Regency Tower Board of Directors held on December 9, 2008 were read. Iris Anastasi made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Eric Berkowitz; unanimously approved.

The minutes of a special meeting regarding paint assessment of the Regency Tower Board of Directors held on February 19, 2009 were read. Dee Lanzillo made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Bob Nagle; unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Treasurer Robert Nagle gave a report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of February 28, 2009. (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 the Committee Reports.

New Business - President Nicholson-Brown then called for New Business (Election of Officers, New Screening Alternative). Click Here to read New Business.

Announcements

  • When an owner is not in residence, all future admittance to a unit must have a signed letter in hand from the owner, giving permission to access the unit, or a letter must be faxed to the office in advance even if the guest has a key to the unit. This is to ensure integrity, security and safety of all owners.

  • Security will no longer hold mail or packages for owners who do not reside at The Regency Tower. Arrangements should be made to forward mail before leaving. Snow birds should make arrangements for packages, etc. when not in residence.

  • Prospective buyers/lessees may not use the 30-day “Guest” privilege or have access to unit prior to being screened.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Dee Lanzillo and seconded by Bob Nagle to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

MARCH 2009

State of The Association
Annual Report

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
- Ghandi

  .: Aloha :.,
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
We are fortunate that this Board can present a positive report despite the economic concern that affects everyone living in housing with shared expenses. In previous years we were the only fully mitigated building on the Galt Mile and the only one with private insurance immediately following Hurricane Wilma. Now, we stand out again as the only Association to not have a single foreclosed unit. When Iris Anastasi checked online some time ago, there were 538 foreclosures on the Galt. The Regency Tower still has zero! In fact, frequently when prospective buyers arrive to view 1401, they ask to be shown “all your foreclosures”. When I state we have none, they are surprised and perhaps disappointed.

Click to Becker & Poliakoff Web Site As information, when a condo owner stops paying fees, the law requires the rest of us to make up the difference to keep the Association solvent. In a February news column Becker Poliakoff stated, “Most community associations today are forced to budget for ‘bad debt’, which translates into unit owners who are paying their maintenance while having to cover the obligation of the non-paying unit owners and their lenders, who refuse to take title in order to avoid having to pay assessments.”

Regency Tower Sign
Rafael Alleguez
From the outset in 2001, this Board put in place a tough new common sense approach that reformed our outdated system of patch and glue. Under the guidance of an owner, Rafael Alleguez, we began a 5 year plan to build and replace anew our infrastructure vs. patch & glue. To accomplish this, we read our documents and initiated innovative programs such as exercising the Right of First Refusal which brought much needed funds into our treasury without assessing the owners.

In view of the current state of the economy that affects us all, and in view of the fact there is no way for the Board to know of unforeseen foreclosures; on January 26th, I sent a memorandum entitled “Survival Strategies” to all Board Members. My cautious plan of action included:

  1. Determine to the extent possible the number of units with mortgages.

  2. Estimate to the extent possible the number of units that may become problems.

  3. Monitor our economic situation and delay or cut back on non-emergency expenditures.

  4. Expend only for items already budgeted and evaluate even those for possible delay.

The Regency Tower has been blessed with wise treasurers over the years such as Ron Forment, Henry Kaplan, and the two excellent gentlemen I have worked with; Bill Tennenbaum and Bob Nagle. Under their leadership we have expanded our commitment to operate only in the black at whatever the cost. We are committed to a sense of honesty and accountability to our budget. Every Board member is cognizant of his/her fiduciary responsibility.

In closing, some of you may not agree with every project we have undertaken, and there will probably be others in the future where there may be disagreement. However, the one thing we can agree on is that we all want the best for the Regency Tower and want it to remain second to none on the Galt Mile. That is the aim of this Board.



Aloha
Dott

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MARCH 2009

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz - Balconies are Finally Completed
ERIC - PAINT PROJECT
Time flies. A decade has slipped away since we last painted (and waterproofed) our home in 1999. According to our condominium documents, the time has come to brighten up the building again. More importantly, since the building’s 7-year protective waterproof coating is weathering its tenth year, it must be replaced to preserve the structural integrity of the underlying concrete, masonry and supporting rebars. The project was authorized for implementation late last year, at which time the Construction Committee assumed responsibility for its execution.

Many factors impact the timing for this project. The job must be completed prior to June 1st, the onset of Hurricane Season. Given our crippled economy, many of our members have expressed concern about funding the special assessment required to finance the project. To help alleviate the fiscal strain (especially for those on fixed incomes or carrying toxic mortgages), instead of unilaterally collecting the entire assessment, the Board thought it less egregious to structure payment of the assessment over several months. All funds must be fully collected by May, before the weather-mandated completion deadline.

While researching the initial “scope of work”, we contacted neighboring associations to discover their experiences with various contractors, engineers, manufacturers and distributors. Their methodologies ranged from random selection in the yellow pages to a well organized vetting process. The best strategies entailed recruiting authoritative guidance from an engineer, a paint manufacturer’s local representative and/or a paint products distributor.

Bob Nagle
Bob Nagle
We considered two viable options for a bidding format. Some associations paid their engineers to develop specifications, select contractors, send out bid invitations and assist in their review. Others took advantage of a free service provided by distributors in which they perform a building audit, solicit affiliated paint manufacturers to customize the required specifications, invite contractor bids and advise the Board and/or a committee during the subsequent bid review.

Ron Forment
Ron Forment
Although exploiting this free service saves thousands of dollars, Ron Forment, Bob Nagle and I were concerned about its potential for abuse. In controlling every aspect of the process, a distributor faces several conflicts of interest. For example, instead of inviting their most reliable contractors, they could alternatively solicit their most lucrative accounts, rewarding them with a bidding opportunity. They could similarly advantage a favored contractor while advising the Board about performance adequacy, change orders that increase cost or the legitimacy & timeliness of payment requests.

Click to Sherwin Williams Web Site After examining the advantages and disadvantages of the available options, we decided to create a hybrid that took advantage of each alternative’s strengths while offsetting its liabilities. First, we spent several weeks meeting with representatives of paint manufacturers (Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Behr - Home Depot’s proprietary house brand) and paint product distributors (Beach Hardware (Ace), Reliance Paints & Coatings, True Value, etc). Based on their extensive positive references, we elected to work with manufacturer Benjamin Moore and Reliance Paint, a local Benjamin Moore distributor.

Click to Bemjamin Moore Web Site Widely credited by neighboring associations for successfully managing their paint projects, Reliance proprietor Jack Findlan was charged with developing project specifications at no cost to the association. To deter any prospective impropriety or conflict, we met with SPEC Engineering’s John Evans, the engineer that supervised our deck waterproofing & resurfacing, garage concrete rehabilitation and the lower driveway well that cured 30 years of garage flooding - projects that all came in on time and budget.

Several years after the 1999 paint project, we suffered water infiltration through large areas on the east side of the building and the rooftop mechanical room. Despite contractor Aqua-Shield’s post-project acquisition, its corporate heir honored our warranty against water intrusion and repainted those sections of the building at no cost to the association. Although assorted coating materials with a variety of warranties were considered, only an elasteromeric paint product carries a warranty against water intrusion. Unfortunately, since no paint manufacturer makes an elasteromeric product to coat the balcony floors, no free manufacturer’s specifications were available for that aspect of the project.

Jack Findlan suggested that Evans draw up the waterproofing specs for untiled balcony floors and add them to his customized Benjamin Moore specs to adequately protect all exposed exterior surfaces. Evans recommended coating the balcony floors with a stained waterproof product while applying an acrylic paint to the balcony ceilings. This strategy would allow any water that penetrated the waterproof barrier to be expunged through the ceiling below, thereby avoiding potential vapor blisters.

Click to Swaysland Professional Engineering Consultants - SPEC - Web Site An initial list of 13 paint contractors was almost doubled last December when recommendations were solicited from neighboring associations and our consultants. The contractors had to pass muster with consultant Jack Findlan, Engineer John Evans, all of Evans’ peers in SPEC engineering, managers and/or building officials in seven area associations that recently completed similar projects and finally, our Board members. By late January, seven surviving contractors were sent bid packages and invited to participate in a strict sealed bidding process. Of the four eligible bids date-stamped by the submission deadline, the Board selected H&H Painting.

You’ve probably noticed that the negotiated project costs are extremely reasonable, given the original painting budget projection of $250,000. This is due to a variety of factors. The economic downturn created an extremely favorable paint industry market window that intensified competitive bidding. We prevailed on the paint manufacturer to provide customized project specifications at no cost to the association, thereby limiting engineering costs to those required for protecting the balcony floors and general oversight. Savings were realized by vesting distributor Jack Findlan and a Benjamin Moore representative with onsite oversight responsibilities ordinarily performed by the engineer. We also eliminated assessment costs for incremental elective work benefitting specific unit owners, including the pre-construction removal of items that are private property.

We initially considered requiring that every unit owner remove any tiles covering their balconies prior to universally applying a waterproof coating. We considered a similar requirement for the removal of all non-compliant storm shutters. However, since the expense of removing and then reinstalling the tiles would intensify the financial burden during this difficult fiscal environment, we opted to leave that decision to each unit owner. For the same reason, the decision about if and which shutters should be removed will also reside with each unit owner. The financial responsibility for removing and reinstalling tiles and/or hurricane shutters falls outside the scope of this project. However, provisions were made that enable unit owners to make independent financial arrangements with the contractor for this incremental work.

Tiled Balcony
Tiled Balcony
Responding to unit owners who’ve requested that we arrange a group rate for the removal of balcony tiles and/or non-compliant storm shutters, I met with proprietor Gary Hricko of H&H Painting to negotiate reasonable pricing formulas. H&H will charge unit owners $11 per square foot for the removal of balcony tiles. There is one caveat. During the 1970s, a few tile installers decided to use a largely experimental adhesive to set the tiles instead of the traditional thin-set cement; thereafter creating significant problems with their removal. Balconies discovered to be burdened with this drawback will be priced on a case by case basis. H&H Painting will contract directly with interested unit owners for these discounted services.

Hurricane Shutters
Hurricane Shutters
The contractor’s building audit revealed a diversity of non-compliant shutters installed in a wide variety of configurations. However, the vast majority of these fall into one of two main categories - the standard track and panel balcony shutters and the old crank-driven window shutters. The price of removing the balcony panel tracks will be $55 per set (Please Note: certain corner units have two sets). The cost for removing each crank-driven shutter installation will be $180 for each multi-window opening and $90 for each single window opening. These prices will also apply to minor configurational variations. Estimates for dismantling unusual, unique or complicated shutter installations will be made on a case by case basis. Again - H&H Painting will contract directly with unit owners that elect to use these discounted services.

Although these incremental services fall outside the scope of the project, association members seeking to take advantage of the negotiated tile and/or shutter removal discount prices must notify the office as soon as possible since they must be performed prior to the application of any coatings. Since the discounts derive from efficient utilization of labor and eliminating set-up costs, if the contractor isn’t notified of any unit owner’s interest in performing these services during the preconstruction preparation period, the cost will skyrocket.

To summarize the incremental elective services - unit owners desirous of the contractor removing their tiles must notify the office as soon as possible. Unit owners seeking removal of hurricane shutters must additionally indicate the number and location of those shutters - also as soon as possible. As a convenience, the information will be forwarded to the contractor who will elicit payment directly from the unit owner.

The project itself will approximate the dynamic used to recoat the balcony railings, moving about the building until completed. The first, and by far most important step of the project, will be preparation of the building’s exterior surface. After power washing the walls, cracks will be plugged with an elasteromeric patching material. Areas exhibiting rust and surface defects will be treated prior to patching. The exterior surfaces will then receive a primer followed by a final coat of elasteromeric paint. Since elasteromeric coatings aren’t available in very dark colors, if one of the selected colors is dark, an acrylic substitute will be applied. Application of a dark color will also require a second final coat at an additional charge, albeit small enough for coverage by the contingency cushion.

As the swing stage circumvents the building, the contractor will remove balcony tiles and non-compliant hurricane shutters only for those sites wherein the owners have contracted with H&H Painting for their removal. Exposed balcony floors will be coated with a stained waterproof material while balcony ceilings receive an acrylic coating as described earlier. Absent any damage threat from water infiltration, walls that do not protect an interior area, such as the perimeter walls, will receive a less expensive acrylic product.

The deck area below the swing stage will be coned off as a safety precaution. The construction committee will attend regular progress meetings throughout the project, generating comprehensive reports for the membership. Since working from the swing stage will be prohibited during moderate to high winds, the project is estimated to take about three months to complete. I would like to thank Ron Forment and Bob Nagle for their assistance with compiling and analyzing the accumulated data prior to its presentation.

During the past two months, four requests for architectural plan review were submitted to the office. With one exception, they were reviewed and returned within 48 hours. One unit owner asked assistance with investigating the compliance status of a commercial product currently precluded by our documents, hoping to expand the eligible product base available to unit owners. Following an investigation of the product specs, data sheets and input from the City code compliance department, a report will be made to the Board, which will subsequently determine the product’s eligibility. This format has proven useful for making available new products and technologies as they come to market. Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Fern McBride
FERN MCBRIDE
New Canopies
New Canopies
Beautification Committee
Fern McBride

The four canopies on the pool deck that were in bad tattered shape - having been sewn together by Iris Anastasi and Margie Nagle - have been replaced with brand new fresh canopies. New umbrellas for our tables have been ordered and will be arriving very soon.

 

Exercise Room
Iris Anastasi

Exercise Room Being Enlarged
Iris: Bigger and Better
The exercise room is now completed. We have improved the exercise experience by renovating and adding new equipment. The addition of abdominal and lower body equipment, along with existing equipment gives a person a complete total strength body work out. Our cardio area will need some upgrading in the future. I hope money for ongoing or updated equipment will be allocated for the 2010 budget and the years to come.

It has been my pleasure to see this project fulfilled and hope many of you will enjoy it. My special thanks goes to Carl Conte, our maintenance personnel, for the unique dumbbell rack, Pamela Dilawri for the stepper and DVD and to the Chelo brothers for the barbell.

Many of you have asked for a Bosu Ball and perhaps if we have $130.00 left in the budget at the end of the year we can purchase one. In the meantime, enjoy what we have and stay healthy.

 

Insurance Committee
Bob Nagle

Click to QBE
Bob Nagle discusses Insurance
BOB NAGLE
As indicated in our 2009 budget, our cost for insurance (excluding workman’s comp) is $335,882 which represents approximately 27% of our total 09 budget. Of that number, approximately 2/3rds is attributable to property liability which is insured with QBE of the Americas. We also have policies with Zurich Ins, Travelers, US Plate Glass and Bridgefield Employees Ins. Co. These policies cover excess liability, directors & officers, commercial crime, glass coverage and flood coverage. Our workman’s comp policy is with Bridgefield and the premium is shown under Administration. Our policy with QBE runs through 12/1/09 and is based on the building’s October 2007 appraised value of $43,195,341. The policy has a 4% deductible. QBE is rated A+ by both S&P and Best. The company has a 2008 market cap of 27 billion dollars and a surplus of more than 2 billion. As a side note one of their subs is North Point Ins, located in Southfield, Mich. According to their press release North Point is the nation’s leading Insurer of independent bowling centers!

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Bob Nagle discusses Insurance
BOB: GETTING
GREENER
Landscaping Committee
Bob Nagle

Overall, our landscaping contract with Owens Landscaping is working out well. Bo Owens has met with us several times and is responsive to our needs and objectives. Last Friday, Ron Forment and I met with their foreman (Steve) and walked the property. Several items were discussed primarily the havoc caused by the heavy and incessant winds and the lack of rain. Of specific concern were the damage to the Impatiens, the stunted condition of the Roebelenii on the upper south side and the need for trimming, the remaining Bougainvillea. The Crotons on the upper patio running diagonally along the fence have been badly damaged due to the wind. Steve and his men were planning that day to trim most of the shrubbery, etc.

I would suggest that the landscaping committee plan to meet in early spring to discuss further changes in our landscaping activities. Any such changes would be contingent on the time line for the building’s painting project.

 

Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

Maintenance:

  1. Maintenance Chair Dee Lanzillo has been EXTREMELY BUSY!
    Dee - Wonder Woman!
    Covered pipes in laundry room, painted the walls & repaired sink.

  2. Painted guards station in receiving room.

  3. Organized cabana room. Installed racks so that cabanas & lounges could be stored properly

  4. New heat pump installed at pool.

  5. All outdoor lighting has been prepared to comply with turtle nesting season.

  6. Installed 3 new digital thermostats; 2 in lobby, 1 in Rendezvous Room.

  7. Replaced new water valve.

  8. Tested and inspected fire system requested by law.

  9. Repaired 2 of our trash chutes in compactor room.

  10. Cleaned water tower and replaced ball valve.

We are very fortunate that quite a few projects have been completed over the past few months. Our maintenance personnel has been busy repairing, replacing generator & water valves, and other large priced repairs. Eliminating contractors and doing the work in-house has saved the association quite a bit of money.

Many thanks to Johnny & Carl for jobs well done.

Housekeeping:

Mark & Rocky are doing a good job in cleaning all floors, from the basement to the 20th floor, as well as exercise room, laundry room, and outdoor areas. Nesley keeps the garage area, as well as the pool & beach areas, in excellent condition. Many thanks to the three of you.

Carpeting on all floors, 2 through 20, has been cleaned professionally by DRX. We received quotes from other cleaning companies at a price of $3,330. We were able to have the work done for $1,260, a savings to all of us of $2,070.

Manager Search Committee
Cathie Lenz

Click to CondoJobs.com The first determination in finding a replacement for Dott is whether we are going to engage a property management company or employ an individual property manager. I contacted several property management companies and arranged for two of these companies to come here for presentations to the five of us on February 9th.

I then contacted Lisa Pinder of CondoJobs Recruiting Service to inquire about potential candidates. Lisa send me resumes of 25 individuals, all of whose salary expectations were in line with the $60,000.00 we had budgeted for the position. I e-mailed the resumes to my colleagues for their review. Based on their responses, of the 25, there are 9 who were “of interest” to at least 3 of us. Ms. Pinder is now in the process of arranging for us to interview as many of these as we can next Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

 

Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

New Regency Tower Security Chief Carlos Pereira
SECURITY CHIEF CARLOS PEREIRA
Yes. Yes, I’m back.

The grass could be greener on the other side of the fence, but believe me when I say, it has a much better taste here, and from the reaction I feel, the grass here has seasonings of love and care as the right ingredients. I cannot put into words how much your welcome back reception touched my and my family’s hearts.

Thank You Book I would like to express my gratitude to this Association for the opportunity to return to serve and protect this building. Thank you to all residents for your great support and open arm philosophy that assure me that I’ve made the right decision. As icing on the cake, Mr. Per and Mrs. Esther (unit #211) had a beautiful idea that matched everyone’s feelings. They gave me a lovely Thank You Book. I was really deeply touched and grateful to return to this great association.

Security Manual Well, I am working on the Regency Tower Training Manual. I’ve noticed that, as Mrs. Nicholson-Brown has always told me; with a training manual, all guards will be taught in the same way, unifying policies and procedures. She was right, AGAIN. Thank you.

Carlos on the Job! I will do my best to keep a stable Security/Safety Department with guards following the Association Rules and Regulations to better treat all residents and their guests. As always, we are accepting any criticisms and suggestions that anyone may have. Please forward them to the Board of Directors and they, if approved, will give to us for immediate implementation.

Our aim, as Security and Safety officers, is to make The Regency Tower the most secure building on the Galt.

Thanks Again, I would like to express my gratitude to the Board of Directors as well as all of the residents for the wonderful welcome reception.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Carlos on the Job! Safety Tip: If you leave for more than 2 days, make sure to bring in all balcony plants and furniture.

 

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
September

  • Gloria Reilly (109) – passed away at Holy Cross Hospital. May she rest in peace. Note on bulletin board, card was sent.

  • Ethyl Gianoulis (802) – A box of candy was delivered after her return home from a rehab facility.

October

  • Diane Ramku (703) – passed away. May she rest in peace. Note on bulletin board, card sent, and trees were planted in her memory.

  • Josie Greco (905) – passed away. May she rest in peace. Josie was a very long time resident and owner. Funeral services were held at Waterbury, Ct. Note on bulletin board, card sent and trees were planted in her memory.

  • Ethyl Gianoulis (802) – was back in the hospital. She was sent to a rehab facility and then was transferred to Assisted Living as her permanent residence.

December

  • Helen Artim (405) – was at Holy Cross for a few days, then was sent to a rehab facility. A plant was delivered upon her return home.

  • Ted Parker (1502) – was taken to Holy Cross. Note on bulletin board, phone calls and cards sent.

January

  • Irving Tuman (302) – passed away. Note on bulletin board, card sent. Trees were planted in his memory.

  • Ted Parker (1502) – passed away. Note on bulletin board, card sent. Trees were planted in his memory.

  • Michael Brent (2006) – went to Holy Cross Hospital. He came home after a few days. Phone calls and a card was sent.

 

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Check “Around Town”
Since the last committee report on December 9, 2008, the Regency Tower web site had 88,279 hits in December with 1,835 unique site visits, 84,968 hits in January with 2,028 visits and 81,832 hits in February with 2,121 unique site visits. Other than the United States, countries from which the most November hits were sourced are Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Sweden, Turkey, Colombia, Germany, France, Denmark, Hungary, Australia, Czech Republic, Bahamas and Brazil.

March 12, 2009 - A motion was made by Fern McBride that the Board of Directors retain the same officers as last year. The motion was seconded by Bill Tennenbaum. The motion passed with six yeas and one nay.

The Officers are:

  • President Dott Nicholson-Brown

  • Vice President Iris Anastasi

  • Secretary Fern McBride

  • Treasurer Bob Nagle and

  • Assistant Treasurer Bill Tannenbaum



 

NOTICES & REMINDERS

MARCH 2009

Quarterly & Special Assessments

If an emergency should occur to prevent payment of your assessment within 15 days after due date, please contact the Board with the specific date of payment. If you wait until after it is sent to the attorney, the amount is multiplied many times by attorney fees, association fees and other costs, and your ability to work out a payment plan is severely jeopardized.

Laundry Machine

It is necessary to bring your own quarters to use the laundry machine!

Shortly after the 3 PM December 9th Board Meeting, the meeting minutes were posted on the web site. As usual, following the Financial Report, committee chairs or alternates read comprehensive reviews reflecting their committees’ activities. Reports were given updating the efforts of Construction & Architectural Review, Beautification, Insurance, Landscaping, Maintenance & Housekeeping, Security, We Care and Web Site. Dott Nicholson-Brown’s President’s Report enumerated the historical progress experienced at the Regency Tower since 2001.

The New Business Page considered the possibility of hiring a Manager. Acknowledging the great debt of gratitude owed to Dott for all her efforts, we must respect her intention to set aside her management responsibilities. We thank her for getting the building into its current excellent condition and unrelentingly ramroding committees. To insure that our building continues to operate in the professional manner that we are all used to, we’ve decided to pursue professional management. A reminder for the Holiday Fund is in the Events section.

The “AroundTown” section is still eliciting 35% of the web site’s hits. The March section offers details about the Sunday Jazz Brunch, the Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, the 21st Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, the Mayor's State of the City Address, the 5th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, the 17th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, Noon Tunes, the Friday Night “Jazz On The Square” event at Commercial and A1A, the Lyrid Meteor Shower, the 12th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival, the 13th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Fair, the Vernal (Spring) Equinox Sun Celebration (Ostara), info about the Winter Art Shows at St. Lawrence Gallery and Commissioner Teel’s pre-agenda meetings

As you have probably heard, at the Governor's February 18th Town Hall Meeting at the Beach Community Center, Charlie Crist administered a healthy dose of relief and pride to the residents of the Galt Mile neighborhood. After familiarizing himself with the issues surrounding the planned "Calypso Project", he rose to the challenge and announced that "Its Gone," eliciting a 10 minute standing ovation from the audience of 300 local residents and their public officials. To learn what happened that afternoon, surfers had but to click to a full summary. Thank you for your kind attention.

 

NEW BUSINESS

MARCH 2009

Election of Officers

Emergency Lock Outs

Kindly keep your keys with you at all times. A spare should be left with a neighbor, kept in your car, or in a hidden area outside your unit. In emergencies only:

Monday – Friday

  • Mrs. Lanzillo will unlock the door from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.;
  • Ms. Nicholson-Brown from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. and
  • Carlos from 10:30 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

  • Mrs. Lanzillo 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.,
  • Ms. Nicholson-Brown from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (same as above) and
  • Carlos from 10:30 p.m. – 8 a.m. (same as above)

Apartment Entrance Decoration

XIII of Rules & Regulations states; “Personal rugs, mats, decorator items or packages are not permitted to be placed in any hallway, corridor or lobby. Such violations constitute a nuisance and potential hazard. Seasonal door decorations are permitted, but may not protrude beyond the main apartment recess.”

Food & Garbage

Should be placed in plastic bags, tied securely and placed down the chute. It should NEVER be placed on the floor of the trash room, in recycle pail, or flushed down the toilet.

We Offer Two Services

I. Surveillance Available To Residents - $12.00 Per Visit - weekly/bi-weekly/monthly

  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

II. Air Conditioning Maintenance Available To Residents - $6.67 PER MONTH or $20.00 EACH QUARTER

  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.

 

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