AUGUST 21, 2019
Board Members Present: John Amatulli, Stephanie DeAngelis, Herbert Fontecilla, Fern McBride, Sonia Picariello
Board Member on ZOOM: Kevin Suszko
To Vote to Appoint a Replacement Director to Fill the 7th Vacant Seat on the Board
A motion was made by Fern McBride to appoint John Laprade to fill the board vacancy. The motion was seconded. Three members voted to approve the motion (John Amatulli, Stephanie DeAngelis, Fern McBride) and three members voted to not approve the motion (Herbert Fontecilla, Sonia Picariello, Kevin Suszko). Since there was no quorum to approve the motion, the vote fails.
A motion was made by John Amatulli to appoint Eileen Bendis to fill the board vacancy. The motion was seconded. Three members voted to approve the motion (John Amatulli, Stephanie DeAngelis, Fern McBride) and three members voted to not approve the motion (Herbert Fontecilla, Sonia Picariello, Kevin Suszko). Since there was no quorum to approve the motion, the vote fails.
A motion was made by John Amatulli to appoint Catherine Lenz to fill the board vacancy. The motion was seconded. Three members voted to approve the motion (John Amatulli, Stephanie DeAngelis, Fern McBride) and three members voted to not approve the motion (Herbert Fontecilla, Sonia Picariello, Kevin Suszko). Since there was no quorum to approve the motion, the vote fails.
A motion was made by Herbert Fontecilla to appoint Daniel Mailhot to fill the board vacancy. The motion was seconded. Three members voted to approve the motion (Herbert Fontecilla, Sonia Picariello, Kevin Suszko) and three members voted to not approve the motion (John Amatulli, Stephanie DeAngelis, Fern McBride). Since there was no quorum to approve the motion, the vote fails.
Adjournment -No further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
AUGUST 30, 2019
Board President Stephanie Giambruno’s
My first order of business was to hold a one agenda board meeting last week so we could fill the vacant spot and then move on with all the much needed work we need to do.
I had hopes that we would vote, with a majority, on a new member to fill the vacant seat. Unfortunately, that did not happen. We are, by law, still able to function as a board with only six members, albeit less ideal with no tie breaker on any items that need to be voted on by the board. Nonetheless, our work continues!
My sincere hope is for all board members to come together as a cohesive unit and work in the best interest of all 203 owners of Regency Tower as we have a lot of work to do and have a major capital improvement going on in our building as everyone is very aware.
I announced at the end of that meeting that David Lafferty was kind enough to create an owners' page that would not deny access to any owners unlike the group that was created on Facebook. Mr. Lafferty worked very hard to create an open page where all owners can read and share information about what is happening in our association.
Many of you know me; many of you do not. I urge anybody who has any questions about anything pertaining to the building or to my role as acting president to always feel welcome to reach out to me personally in email or by phone; I will happily answer your question or direct you to somebody on the board who can.
This a big job. and I do not pretend to know everything. I'm sincerely grateful and thankful to our manager and my fellow board members who are supporting me in this role. As in any administration, nobody acts alone. I rely on the other directors in their roles to support my work as acting president. Thank you all for your support in that.
I have heard by some owners in the building that I am too busy to take the role on since I have two small daughters and a demanding career as a journalist. It is true I have two small daughters and that I have a demanding career. However, it is also true that 1.) I'm fully capable of multi-tasking and 2.) I have my own huge support system in raising my family. So, while I did not volunteer or choose this role, there is absolutely no need for you to be concerned that I can't take on the president's duties and do it diligently because I am "too busy" to do so. If I need assistance with something I will not be shy about asking for help.
I promise all of you that I take these duties seriously and will carry them out with honesty and integrity. I have absolutely nothing to hide, and my door is always open, so please feel free to come to me and talk to me about any issues you may have.
I will schedule our next board meeting in the next couple of weeks so that some outstanding matters can be tended to soon.
Thank you to all those who offered their kindness and support as I've taken on this role. There have been many of you—and I'm grateful for your professionalism and support!
As of this writing, there is nothing new to report from the budget committee; all six members are out of town. We've been working to come up with a date to have an official meeting, via a conference call, but did not find date when most members would be available. I'm looking forward to reporting more in the next newsletter.
What's done and what's next:
Initially, Mr. Herb Fontecilla was named chair of the Bylaws Committee but decided to step aside as of July 16, 2019.After I met with Mr. Laprade on July 19, I agreed to co-chair the Bylaws committee with Ms. Stephanie Giambruno.
The following week, Mr. Laprade stepped aside from his position as the President of the Board of Directors, and Ms. Giambruno, the vice president of the board, stepped up to fulfill the duties of president.
As of August 3rd, Ms. Giambruno appointed Ms. Eileen Bendis and Mr. Anthony Viceroy to co-chair. We are now working to schedule a committee meeting on September 16 in the Rendezvous room for the owners on site who would like to attend, and a Zoom session for those out of town.
As of August 19, 2019, I sent an email to the committee members to give an overview of the Order of Priority so that we can work efficiently and effectively. I developed a quick survey and would appreciate that you take few minutes to take it. Here's the link:
I'm looking forward to working with the owners and committee members to see how we can modernize our bylaws.
I'm asking all of you, not just board members or committee chairs, to consider joining this group to share and discuss Regency issues that you are interested in. I would also hope and expect that when you see information posted here that is incorrect or misleading that you would question the information with the individual who posted it.
When you join, you'll be asked to provide some information including name and email address (which will not be used for marketing) and will then be emailed a password which you can then change or save.
Thank you for your efforts, David, I hope that this new site will help more owners participate in the things that effect our building and every owner's investment.
Construction Oversight Progress Review
Construction Oversight Progress Review
Concrete Restoration Update: August 28, 2019
I hope that everyone is doing well.
Below is an update on the progress of the concrete restoration project:
As of today, the balconies serviced by swing stages 1-7 and-8-9 have had all finishes removed, and engineering marked out the areas for concrete restoration. The balconies affected by swing stages 2-3 and 4-6 were also marked out by engineering for repair. The balconies serviced by swing stage 10 will be completed today. There will be a cost comparison of each stack when this process is 100 % completed. This will compare the estimated areas of demolition versus the actual demolition areas. Metro will provide “As-Built” drawings of these areas.
The northeast end of the garage was discussed. Removal of the cars in that area will be a priority during this coming week. Security (Eddie Rodgers) will contact each owner of the cars parked in the affected area for removal. The parking spots affected by this restoration are as follows: 27-28-29-30-31-32-33 & 48-47-46-45-44. If you are parked in any of these spots, we need you to remove your vehicle ASAP. We requested Metro to have a crew dedicated to expediting this work so that the cars will not be out of their assigned spots for an extended period.
Concrete Restoration Update: August 21, 2019
As of today, Stacks 1 - 6 have had the tile stripped from the balconies and all other finishes removed. Stacks 7 & 8 will be completed by the end of this week, and the balconies on stacks 2 - 6 have been marked for repairs. Every balcony in stacks 1 - 8 will be marked by the engineer and photographed to indicate the location of each and every repair.
The mockup of the balcony repairs for Unit #101 is complete. (see photo) The concrete repairs have cured for a week, so the waterproofing base coat will be applied this week. The base coat, primer, and the sanded epoxy primer will be applied next week. After that cures, half the balcony will be tiled; the other half will have the pewter-colored knockdown finish. When completed, the balcony will be the model-unit showing both types of balcony finishes. Owners will be able to see the balcony once it is completed.
The balcony tiles will be ordered for 28,000 sq. ft of balcony coverage. Metro will store the tile in the garage on three high pallet configurations in the association’s parking spaces.
Thank you and enjoy your day.
Concrete Restoration Update: August 7, 2019
As of today, the swing stages are set up on stacks 1-8 (see photos), and the removal of balcony tiles on each stack is underway with a completion date of August 30th. Removal of the tile requires that the Thinset mortar be removed before the engineer inspects each balcony and marks any areas for repair. The removed tile on each balcony will be left on the balconies and removed every Friday.
The removal of tile from the balcony of unit #101 is complete. The next step is removal of the Thinset before the engineer can identify any areas that need repair. Once the repairs are completed, the balcony will be waterproofed, and half of the balcony will be tiled; the other half will have the knock-down finish. At that point, the balcony will be the model-unit showing both types of balcony surface finishes.
Thank you and enjoy your day.
Andrew C. Surdovel, LCAM
Eddie has been away serving in the National Guard Reserves. He just got back and is now dealing with security to keep the building and the residents safe as we face Hurricane Dorian. There will be more to read in the next issue.
Don't Forget to let us know the dates of your guests' arrival and departure; this will greatly reduce the time it takes to sign your guests in when they arrive. If your guests drive to the building, a picture of their license plate on a mobile phone could also help speed things up.
Make sure to inform your guests that they must sign in with security at the time of their arrival - no matter how long they are staying.
There are still some residents who have not updated their vehicle decal. When you are in town or have time please see Ms. Christine in the office to receive an updated vehicle decal. Knowing where to find owners of vehicles helps when things like car alarms go off.
Safety Tip: Since the south and north driveway ramps are being used to both enter and exit the building during the construction, please take extra care to avoid collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles.
We started the Sunshine Breakfast, which is intended to get more residents involved in building activities and better acquainted with one another. We made an agreement with the deli across the street for a special offer and discount for breakfast on a Saturday. 10% discount on the entire bill and free coffee or tea. The comments from the owners have been very positive. Here are a few:
Monica Webster, unit 1902 said, "The ambiance, the food, and the company was excellent. Good choice."
Chanis Sinclair, unit 708 said, "This was fun and enjoyable. I had an amazing time connecting over delicious breakfast food. Sunshine Breakfast, a friendly way to meet and share with your RT neighbors. Excited about next time."
We will announce the event a few days in advance and have a sign-up sheet at the front desk. Anybody who decides to join us should add their name, so we can give the restaurant an idea of how many people to expect. However, last minute joiners are accepted! On the announced date, we will meet downstairs and walk together to the deli!
In addition, we are planning to organize "Regency Tower High Tea" at the Italian bakery Dolcesia, across from Playa del Sol. Cakes, pastry ice-cream and Tea or Coffee served for the occasion. It will be an afternoon event, 4:00 PM. We haven't decided if it's best during the week or on a Sunday. Please give feedback so we can set this up to get the most people participating. Use my email at the end of the newsletter to weigh in.
We are also in the process of organizing weekly Thai Chi lessons with an instructor coming to our building. L'Hermitage has been doing it successfully for a while already, so we got in touch with the same instructor. Thai Chi is an ancient Oriental practice that is considered even better than Yoga.
The more of us there are, the less it costs each participant. If you are interested in this stress-reducing, noncompetitive form of exercise, please contact one of the committee members or email me at the address listed below; it will help us figure out the cost per person. As soon as we have all the information, we'll make an announcement. Ciao!
Please Note: The Below Event is cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.
Please join us! We got a Special Deal from the NY Deli across the street: