Roll Call -The roll call showed the following Board Members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Fern McBride, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone) and Pablo Verol. Louise Collins was excused.
Financial Report -Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of February 14, 2006. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)
There are no delinquent accounts at this time. A motion was made by Pablo Verol to accept the Treasurer’s Report; seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.
Committee Reports -President Nicholson-Brown then requested the Committee Reports. Click Here to read each report in its entirety.
New Business -President Nicholson-Brown indicated that there was no New Business.
Adjournment -A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz and seconded by Iris Anastasi to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m.; unanimously approved.
“Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.”
.: ♥ Aloha ♥ :.,
The December meeting was held at L’Hermitage I on Monday, February 6, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. Discussions were held regarding Hurricane Wilma’s damage to various buildings and the Galt Mile. The Parks Department is taking bids for 300 replacement trees for the Mile and expect to start work by the end of March. They will now plant trees which will be more hurricane resistant and are trying to kill the roots of the current trees. We were also advised about Hurricane Window insurance with U.S. Mass Plate Glass who replaces any damaged windows. The Board is requesting Bob Nagle to look into this.
The Round Table
Recently I read an article in the local “Hi Riser” newspaper regarding a man who, upon realizing he was taking everything too seriously, gave up his profession so that he could laugh again. I too, have become aware that I am taking life and specifically this job too seriously. Taking after my father, I’ve always exhibited a hearty laugh. I love to laugh. So if you see me when I’m not smiling or laughing, call me “cranky Dott.” That will remind me to “lighten up.”
Aloha – I love you
Architectural Review & Construction Committee
The Committee is also undertaking repairs to the building. These fall into several categories. A persistent leak through the expansion joint from the North Parking Deck to the garage has already been repaired twice. While the location of the emergent leak is apparent, its source has been elusive. Structural Preservation Systems (SPS) subcontractor Pro-tech will continue to water test and rewaterproof every section along the expansion joint until the infiltration is cured. A leak from a planter on the Patio Deck to the stairwell connecting the garage to the pool is also being repaired. After contractor SPS prepared the planter by removing some of the dirt, the manufacturer of the waterproofing system used by subcontractor Protech, Carlisle, requested that they remove another three feet of dirt to adequately expose the defective area. Now that SPS has done so, Pro-tech will return to finish the waterproofing repair. When this is accomplished, SPS will replace the dirt into the planter. These alternating responsibilities, coupled with the strain placed on every legitimate South Florida construction contractor from the effects of Hurricane Wilma, has caused frustrating scheduling delays.
The sand under certain areas of the deck was washed out by Hurricane Wilma, causing some minor sinking of the pavers at those locations. Among them is an area by the car wash, another at the north side of the drive-through stop line, a third by the central lower driveway catch basin, and two areas surrounding drains on the North Parking Deck. Seemingly defective attachments are suspected to have caused loosening and ultimate detachment of two of the drains. According to our engineer and SPS, before the paver subcontractor can reset the bricks, the drains must be repaired and properly installed. Because the loose drains presented both a tripping hazard and a danger to vehicles, SPS temporarily secured them until the manufacturer recommends either repair or replacement next week. Once the drain problem is settled, all of the paver repairs will be performed simultaneously. Since these are warranty repairs, they will be undertaken by SPS and their subcontractors.
The fences destroyed by Hurricane Wilma were inspected by our engineer, John Evans, who recommended that we replace them with products better able to withstand repeated weather events. SPS sent their fence subcontractor, Alufab, to evaluate our needs and recommend a solution that will preclude us from having to repeat these repairs annually. Our engineer recommended that we have SPS also repair several building columns that sustained concrete damage. In addition to the storm damage, he revealed some dangerous foundation defects, mostly centered in the pump room. To buy us some time, a structural column that was severely eroded was temporarily repaired by John Sala. Unless permanently addressed, the column will continue to deteriorate. Of greater concern is the platform that supports the heavy main tank. Since the pump room deterioration first became evident a few years ago, Mr. Evans has been monitoring its decline. To prevent an unintentional oversight of the need for the repair, it was included in the 5-Year Plan agenda. Committee Chair Ron Forment requested that I solicit the Engineer’s opinion as to the repair’s urgency. During the evaluation of building’s condition after Wilma, the Engineer said that the situation had become dangerous. Evans characterized the platform as unstable and opined that it could collapse when stressed. The tank and the surrounding equipment would need to be dismantled and removed while the platform is properly supported. Once fixed, the equipment can be reinstalled. The pool will have to be closed during the repair, which should take between one and two weeks.
SPS was also informed about the storm damage to some of our residents’ balconies. The damage ranges from bent railing pikes to entire sections of railing having been eviscerated. Some balconies also suffered concrete damage. In response to several residents asking for advice about repairing the damage, our engineer suggested that we ask the contractor for unit pricing based upon a group rate. Any interested owner can hire the contractor to perform the repairs based upon this discount formula. The owners' of Units 706, 805, 1206, 1605 and 2003 have all requested price quotes from the contractor, who will evaluate each balcony and, if acceptable to the unit owner, proceed with repairs. Any unit owners interested in hiring the contractor for similar repairs should notify the office, which will pass the request to SPS.
Campany Roofing had to special order the 2 large 30” replacement vent turbines for our roof. When they have been received, they will be installed. Simultaneously, Campany will replace the damaged coving cap on the mechanical room roof along with the downspout that was blown away and deliver three vent caps to protect the exposed vents while the turbines are stored during storms. Our engineer has been in regular contact with Fischer Electric, the electrical subcontractor used by SPS to install the high intensity deck lamps. Evidently, Fischer Electric is facing manufacturing delays for the three replacement fixtures lost to Wilma. SPS will replace the decorative lamps in the entry planter under their warranty obligation.
One of the main benefits of our keyless entry system is its flexibility. Extending the system’s capabilities and eligibility for manufacturers support simply requires software upgrades instead of the expensive replacement of obsolete components. Bass United has installed a new security software upgrade known as “Pinnacle”, keeping our fob system on the technological cutting edge. The new software will expand the system’s capabilities. It will, for instance, enable the future integration of garage door openers into the access system, affording Security redundant vehicular identification. Incidentally, since we were the first Galt Association to retrofit a keyless entry, five others have followed our lead and three more plan on installing similar systems.
In an effort to carefully compose an effective video security system, we commissioned a survey of our existing equipment. To refine our security strategy, we held several meetings with security contractors devoted to reviewing the tools needed by our security personnel and the controls needed by Security Chief Carlos Pereira and the Association. We also investigated systems used by other Associations in both new and older buildings. After considering various security options from three security companies, we opted for a software-driven component system. As with our Fire Safety and Access Control Systems, this will provide for inexpensive upgrades while affording us unparalleled flexibility. We all owe Carlos a debt of gratitude for his valuable input. Since his appointment as Security Chief, Carlos participated in every step of the process and every meeting held with the security contractor. We insisted on seeing a fully operational integrated system prior to its selection. The demonstration satisfied every concern exhibited by Carlos and the Committee. In addition to weather resistant motion sensitive color cameras, high resolution color monitors and digital DVR multiplexer recording capabilities, the software will also permit encrypted online access to every camera. The front desk and receiving room control centers will be hard wired to the office network. Installation will commence after the contractor’s proposal is submitted and approved.
As many of you have recently learned, every legitimate area contractor is currently overwhelmed from Wilma-related repairs in addition to the overall rehabilitation that most Associations are undergoing. That means that everything takes longer to accomplish. Projects affected by deadlines, such as the onset of Hurricane Season, require immediate attention. To help meet this inflexible deadline, GlassAmerica has sent contracts to every unit owner still unprotected by mandated impact windows. The three to four weeks saved by avoiding the ordinarily additional “snail mail” correspondences may make the difference in beating the onset of Hurricane Season. If you’ve made alternative arrangements for protecting your home, simply discard the document. If not, please remit the completed documents to indicate your acceptance of their terms – ASAP! Thank you for your kind attention.
Howard Hirschman reported that Bob Nagle succeeded in contacting our Comcast Account Executive, Mr. Tony Walkinshaw.
“Bob, Eric and I met with Tony on Monday, January 30th. Eric made Tony aware of the Galt Mile Association and gave him copies of recent Galt Mile and Regency Tower newsletters. Tony reported that Comcast was testing dial telephone service up north and the testing was proceeding satisfactorily. Comcast dial telephone service could be available here later this year.
We met with Tony and Peter Bloxam, Director of Commercial Development, on February 1st. They told us that arrangements for VIP customers (such as we are) would get improved service for our owners’ calls via a hotline to real people who will respond to our owners’ problems. We were assured that they are here to address our needs and to ensure that our owners and residents receive the highest level of service possible. The new number our owners should call in case of individual service issues is: Resident Customer Service (24 hours-7 days), 954-437-1920.”
This is the final leg of our renovations and upgrades for the Regency Tower. This will also be the one that will affect all floors and visually reflect the quality of our building. While our recent renovations have involved the structure and function of our building, the renovations of our hallways will be cosmetic, but will have the most visual impact to our building value. I want to thank all the residents for their patience and consideration for this project. I know we all look forward to a beautiful, classic new look for the home we all share - The Regency Tower.
Dee Lanzillo’s report was read by Ofelia Alleguez: Upon inspection of the whole building, I am finding a few small problems. I have spoke to Maintenance and since January to date they have been resolved. I would appreciate if owners and residents could be more responsible. Please, put trash down the trash chute, not in the recycling barrel. Many people continue to leave pizza boxes and large cartons in the trash rooms. We have asked numerous time to please cut them up and dispose of them properly. The laundry room is being cleaned daily and is much improved. Thanks to our Maintenance Staff, we seem to be getting back on track.
Game Room: Due to the delay of our hallway decoration, we are proceeding with completion of the Game Room. Floor tiling and room painting are expected to be completed during the next couple of weeks. Thanks to Liz Urbano for her consultation.
Margie Nagle reported 5 leases: Apt. 209, Gerard & Jeanne Brenton; Apt. 1106, Del Rusin, John Dohogne & David Diharce; Apt. 1404, Domenico Peano & Angela Leone; Apt. 1609, Ethan & Kay Tower; Apt. 1906, David Strassman. Thanks to my committee for being there for me.
We are also proud to announce that Jim Edmiston, our pool attendant, will move to Security soon. His acquisition will add quality to our team. It is the aim of the Security Department to have the best Security System on the Galt Mile. Thank you.
Pat & Jim DiSebastian’s report was read by the Secretary - The Social Committee has been busy arranging activities and canvassing residents as to what activities we are interested in having.
Bingo is being held every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Margie Nagle has agreed to host monthly Coffee Hours, beginning Monday, February 20th, at 10:00 a.m. The first event of the season will take place on Saturday, February 18th. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we will go to a musical show, “Love Songs to Remember,” at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We will meet in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and car pool or share cabs. The price is $10 per person for the show, plus any additional transportation costs.
Other activities planned for the near future include possibly going to the Cirque du Soleil show in Miami, and to the interactive dinner theater and show, “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The Social Committee needs you! We need assistance in planning the activities mentioned and more. For more information and to volunteer, please leave a note in mailbox #1908. We need your help!
We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez reported the following:
Web Site Committee
The Special Updates page is updated several times every week. Reminders about the magazine & catalog donation, information surrounding the balcony railing coating rehabilitation and the project recently completed by Comcast to replace the exterior conduit were posted as they occurred.
As additional photos of the Employees Holiday Party became available, they were added to the Photo Gallery. There is a large section devoted to the party. As with the Real Estate Section, clicking on any picture elicits a larger view.
During the month of January, the web site had 37,867 hits on 2758 pages. There were also 1162 Unique Site Visits (first timers). This is a new record for hits and Unique Site visits. Thank you for your kind attention.
The Social Committee Announces
Bingo is Back
Bingo resumed on Thursday, January 26th. Starting February 9th, games will be held every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Room. Cards are $1.00 each per person with coverall at $1.00 per card per person. Cash prizes are awarded after each game.
Coffee Hour Dates
Come on down and join the fun!
Your Social Committee met to develop a set of intriguing possible activities for the upcoming season. However, they crave your input. Listed below are some of the events being considered by the Committee. A similar list was distributed to residents, requesting that they indicate in which of the suggested activities they would enjoy participating. Please complete and return your input to the Regency Tower mail box located at the office entrance. If you’ve misplaced your copy of the list, request another one from the office. Your opinion is important to us!
List of Suggested Activities