April 24, 2017
Board Members on conference call: Abe Ben Aviv, Steven Faigin, Richard Robins, Gene Sicoli
Approval of Minutes -Minutes of the December 12, 2016 meeting were distributed and posted in advance. A motion was made by Steven Faigin to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.
President's Report - Eileen R. Bendis- President Eileen R. Bendis read her President's Report. Click Here to read the President's Report.
Manager -A motion to approve the hiring of Mr. Andrew Surdovel as General Manager of the Regency Tower was made by Fern McBride. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.
Financial Report -A financial report for the first quarter of 2017 was presented by our Staff Accountant, Teresa Baker.
The report is posted in the mailroom and copies are available at the office.
Corporate Credit Card -After discussion of the need for a corporate credit card, a motion to approve arranging for a corporate credit card with a $1,500.00 limit to be used by authorized signers was made by Gene Sicoli. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.
Committee Reports - Eileen R. Bendis- President Bendis then called for Committee Reports. Click Here to read the Committee Reports.
Presentation of Procedures for On Line Banking - Ms. Marty Madan, Vice President, CenterState Bank, gave a presentation and distributed information regarding the procedures involved in on-line bill paying for our maintenance fees.
Adjournment -No further business. The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.
PRESIDENTS REPORT APRIL 24, 2017 Board President Eileen Bendis’
APRIL 24, 2017
Board President Eileen Bendis’
It is time that we must take corrective action to the outside of our building. As many of you are aware, the paint is chipping, chunks of concrete are falling and the railings are peeling. In the past few years we have been patching and patching, which has been very expensive. A few months ago, we had an engineer check every balcony and issue a report of his findings. We are now ready to have a committee formed, under the watchful and experienced eyes of Eric Berkowitz, to get bids and get the ball rolling on our next project: concrete restoration. It will be painful and inconvenient, but it is a necessity. So, prepare yourself and your wallet! I want to enlist volunteers, ideally ones who have experience as builders or contractors, and put their vast experience to good use. If you could review bids or contracts before we send them off to the attorney, please let me know.
Crime has come to the Galt Ocean Mile! Yes, our little enclave has had some very serious crime this month. On April 1st, a lady was walking on the sidewalk with two friends at 11:00 p.m. and, between our building and the Galt Ocean Club, two men dressed in black with hoodies on grabbed her purse and ran. Then on April 14th, a security guard from Playa del Sol was moving his car from the building to park across the street when two men approached him with a gun and knife and stole his belongings and his car. The police have increased their presence on the Galt and we are now talking to other buildings about additional cameras on the Galt, coordinating this effort with the police department. Please, BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!! Do not take anything for granted. When going out, take identification (with your local address on it) with you so that, in the event that anything happens to you, people will know where you live.
On a final note, the Air and Sea Show is being held on May 6 and 7. If you are expecting guests, please be sure they come in the front door and register their cars. Even though the show will be scaled back compared to prior years, we expect to get quite a crowd. Please respect your neighbors and enjoy the day.
Thank you for your support this year for me and the board; we appreciate it.
COMMITTEE REPORTS April 24, 2017 Architectural Review & Construction Committee Keeping the Wheels on the Wagon
April 24, 2017
Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Keeping the Wheels on the Wagon
Following a year of hard work and research by Nancy Seltzer’s Decorating Committee, the board considered how to schedule renovations overwhelmingly endorsed by unit owners in a late summer referendum – without financially burdening members with simultaneous assessments for concrete restoration and common area improvements. Since special pricing negotiated by the committee was subject to a deadline, the Board decided to first complete the interior upgrades.
Functioning like air conditioners in reverse, heat pumps use a refrigerant to capture heat in the outside air and transfer it to the pool. To minimize power needs, three serially connected pumps operate in tandem. If the water temperature doesn’t appreciably increase shortly after the first heat pump is turned on, a second pump will automatically initiate as well. When the ambient temperature is so cold that both pumps still prove inadequate, a third pump is triggered.
Once the targeted temperature is reached, it is maintained by a single pump cycling on and off, minimizing the power draw. Since the cost of electricity used to power the heat pumps is almost 40% less than the cost of gas consumed by a fuel-burning heater, the savings is significant. Several vendor proposals were solicited in early March. Consulting with manufacturer AquaCal and our engineer, Knox Pools replaced the damaged heat pump with a quieter – yet more powerful – new model, restoring our balmy pool temperature.
Working together, Charlie, Engineer John Evans and the Coastal crew accurately estimated the exact location of the sub-surface breach. The 48-year-old heavily eroded iron pipe was exposed and replaced. As a precaution, the site was left open for two weeks, in case the new pipe needed adjustment. Finally, the repair was filled with cement and painted. Although no blockages have since been reported, if the bathroom’s electric service is sufficient, replacing paper towels with an electric hand dryer may help prevent future clogs.
Balconies and Building Columns
Evans began compiling a “Balcony Book” in November 2016, a ledger documenting the structural details of every Regency Tower balcony as well as eroded building columns. Vendors use the Balcony Book to craft competitive proposals. When the project is authorized, those bids will anchor the first official report. Thank you for your kind attention.
Signs - Carol Rigney and Nancy met with Fast Signs on Friday morning. They ordered the signs for the office, Rendezvous Room, Mail Room, Fitness Center, Game Room and Laundry Center as well as the security desk and personnel. They are waiting for the proofs from Fast Signs.
Miscellaneous tiles in the hallway. Nancy is still waiting for the quote from Advanced Fire for the movement of the smoke alarms. Once that is received, we can schedule the installation of the remaining ceiling tiles.
Mats for the side entrances are at the building. We are just waiting for the painting to be completed to put them down.
Bathrooms - The light fixture in the ladies room needs to be moved by Top Dog Electric and the bathrooms still need to pass inspection. The building is working on the items identified by the inspector.
Ask your realtor how an updated lobby impacts the value of your home.
APRIL 1, 2017
The Monthly Association “411”
APRIL 1, 2017
The Monthly Association “411”
After an overwhelming request from unit owners once again this year, we are experimenting with a new configuration of the beach cabanas under the watchful eyes of Board director Abe Ben-Aviv. The original documents of the Regency Tower had the cabanas only on the north side of the steps and none on the south side to enable owners to use chairs and umbrellas there. We are trying to accommodate unit owners who wish to enjoy more of the beach by restricting cabanas to the north side of the steps.
Something new: get ready for additional ways to make quarterly maintenance payments. We are finally going to implement procedures for online banking for your convenience. Hopefully, we will have this up and running by the 3rd quarter. Thanks to our Treasurer, Steve Faigin, and new accountant, Teresa Baker, for getting this achieved.
Our manager, Chuck Linder, has resigned. As a temporary measure, we have brought Andrew “Andy” Surdovel on board to take over the day to day duties. Introduce yourself so he gets to know the residents.
Eileen R. Bendis