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AUGUST 5, 2020

BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETING

Special ZOOM Meeting
From Rendezvous Room
3:00 p.m.


Treasurer John Amatulli
Treas. John Amatulli
President John LaPrade
Pres. John LaPrade
The Regency Tower Board of Directors Virtual Meeting was called to order by President John LaPrade at 3:00 p.m. Given the recording exigencies attributable to the pandemic, the following notes summarize the meeting.

The board met on August 5 to discuss some additional change orders submitted by our contractor. The first change order was for grouting the tile on the balconies. The tile was installed so that there would not be any need to grout the tile. When the balconies were opened up, we heard from a few owners that they were not satisfied. Board members investigated and spoke with MCW and our engineer and it was decided to grout the tiles on the balconies. MCW submitted a change order for over $9,111 and eventually MCW agreed to grout all of the balcony tiles for $3,193 (both numbers include the bond fees).

The board also approved a change order that deals with the vertical build up on the window drops. The vertical build up became necessary because of damage to the stucco on the building envelope was in excess of 3/4” in many areas. Our engineer directed the use of SIKA VOH to build up those areas and the contractor estimated a cost of $35.00 per square foot for these repairs.

Click to Carousel Click to Restore Construction Click to Metro Caulking & Waterproofing The board also reviewed a rather large change order from MCW to repair the leaking planter on the upper pool deck. This planter has been leaking for some time and causes flooding in the south western part of the garage and stairs from the pool deck to the garage. Because of where the planter is located and the inability to get any heavy equipment into that area, 60% the work order is labor. Because this work was out of scope we obtained three estimates for comparison to complete the work. In addition to Metro ($53,725), we have received an estimate from Restore Construction ($67,499) and from Carousel ($67,300). The board voted to use MCW as they are by far the most cost effective to perform these repairs.

Eileen Bendis
Eileen Bendis
Secretary Fern McBride
Sec. Fern McBride
The board also discussed a work order for replacing the fencing around the pool deck. No action was taken on this item as currently there is only one estimate for this work and further discussion was tabled until additional quotes are received.

Eileen Bendis then gave a brief review of the Design and Decorating committee and what they are working on for finishing touches. They are still in the estimate gathering stages and more information will be forthcoming when it becomes available.

Finally, the board discussed their next meeting. At the next meeting, which by law requires a 14- day notice the board will discuss a resolution to allow electronic voting by owners who choose to enroll. The date of this meeting has been tentatively set for 8-26-2020. More information to come.


Fern McBride

Board Secretary

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AUGUST 13, 2020

Board President John Laprade’s
Message to Members

Hurricane Isaias
John Laprade
Board President
John Laprade
It is hard to believe that August is already here! Isaias let us know that even though it is early, we are already into hurricane season. This is the first time that we have had an
“I” named storm this early in the season since records have been kept. While we were fortunate and escaped any of the effects from the storm, we must all be mindful and start gathering together our hurricane supplies early so that we are all ready should another storm head our way.

First, the Balcony/Concrete restoration project continues to move forward. This year in addition to hurricane supplies we will also need to have enough personal protective equipment like masks and gloves and other supplies like hand sanitizer because of COVID-19. Isaias was a kind of dry run… for our year round residents, make sure you’re prepared and have enough supplies.

Work continues on the balcony/concrete restoration project, and while we had to demobilize equipment and materials from around the building for the storm (which will add some additional costs) we needed to take the necessary steps to insure the safety of our residents and our building. COVID-19 We continue to experience wind/rain weather related delays on the project but as you see things are continuing to move along. The next big step is when the painters will begin painting….and we expect that to happen before the end of August.

Eileen Bendis
Eileen Bendis
Finally, I have asked the former Design and Decorating committee to come back to work on finishing touches to the project such as signage, outdoor lighting, new garage awning and new pool/patio furniture as was outlined in their final report submitted to me on March 22, 2019 and recorded in the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting on April 8, 2019. I asked Eileen Bendis to work with the committee to gather information and estimates so that as we approach the end of the concrete project we can implement what was voted on by owners when we selected the lobby finishes and accents two years ago.

COVID-19 As you know, these finishing touches were not funded in the balcony/concrete restoration project, only the work on the building was accounted for in that project so the board will need to consider what is needed and where the funds will come from to pay for these expenses. While we are only gathering information at this time, I will keep you all fully informed and up to date regarding these important finishing touches.

Thank You

Heidi Weber
Heidi Weber
Recently Heidi Weber sent an email to owners and to the Board of Directors resigning her seat on the board. This followed a mix up with the July 2020 newsletter. The final version of the July newsletter that was sent out to owners was not the edited version that Heidi had worked on.

Regency Tower Newsletter I am sorry that Heidi has resigned. Many of you may not know that Heidi was the only owner to volunteer for the communications committee last year and she has served as the editor of the newsletter since then. Heidi has written a number of articles featuring our owners and employees, has done a great job gathering the information for the newsletter from various contributors, as well as editing and laying out the newsletter that is sent to owners.

I want to reiterate what I said at the board meeting when asked about Heidi’s resignation. I am sorry to see Heidi resign and will always be grateful for all of her contributions to our association. Whether volunteering in the office when we did not have a manager or working on communications to keep owners informed or running for the board it is important that whenever one of our owners steps up and volunteers their time and talent we should all be appreciative. Thank you, Heidi.

Be safe everyone!



John Laprade
Board President


Manager Dana Domond's

Building Office Update

Manager Dana Domond
Manager Dana Domond
Dear Residents,

Remove Furnishings from Balcony
Remove Furnishings from Balcony
I would like to begin by thanking all residents for their cooperation in preparing for Hurricane Isaias.

A reminder, if you are leaving your unit for extended periods of time please inform the front desk or the office so they can assist with turning the water off to your unit. Also, please remove any items from your balcony during your absence.

 

Security Update - new FOB system

Acting-Chief of Security Kenzi Benton
Acting-Security Chief Kenzi Benton
Keyfob All residents that are currently here should already have their new FOBS in place with their picture taken. If you have not obtained your new FOB, please see Kenzi at the front desk as soon as possible. We are asking any residents who are not currently in residence and are planning on coming to their unit to notify the office or the front desk when you will be arriving. This way your FOBS will be ready for you and you can come to the front desk to have your picture taken.

The week of August 10th the security company will be connecting the beach gate. Please keep in mind that once that is connected to the new system your old FOB will not work at the beach gate.

Beach Egress
Beach Egress
In the upcoming weeks we will be issuing the new stickers for residents that have garage parking. This will become your access for the garage gate to open and will replace the current clicker system we are now utilizing. There will be more information regarding this to follow.

Please stay safe!

This is Your Office
If you a problem that I might help you resolve...
Please call the office!
Your concerns - and input - are important!


Dana Domond
Property Manager

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

August 2020

Budget & Finance Committee
John Amatulli

Treasurer John Amatulli
Treasurer John Amatulli
Financially, we continue to do quite well. During the first half of 2020, total revenue received was $847,668, total expenses were $760,064, a net gain of $87,604.

Concrete Restoration Project

Since July 1,2020, we have lost nine and a half days, almost half a month, due to wind and weather delays. Hurricane Isaias will add additional costs to the project, which are yet to be determined.

 

Billing Changes

Currently, the Stormwater charge is part of the utility bill received monthly by the Regency Tower Association. This is the bill for water, wastewater, irrigation and stormwater. The cost is paid by Regency Tower since we do not have individual meters for each unit. We have budgeted $75,000 for Water and Sewers. During the first six months of 2020, we have paid $33,448.

This will change on October 1, 2020. The new Stormwater charges will appear on each owner’s annual tax bill, and all future bills, as a non-ad valorem assessment.

The City Commission will vote on the new Stormwater rates on September 14, 2020, at a special meeting. The city’s website will have a GIS mapping system that shows each property in Fort Lauderdale and the owner’s stormwater assessment. As soon as it becomes available, I will provide the link to all owners.

Stay safe and please wear your mask.

*Copies of John Amatulli's Treasurer's Report can also be downloaded from the password protected Concierge Plus website and are available to owners in the Regency Tower office (Click Here to Concierge Plus website).

John Amatulli

John Amatulli, Treasurer
Regency Tower Board of Directors

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Construction Oversight Progress Review
John Laprade

Concrete Restoration Project Update: August 4, 2020

President John Laprade issues Concrete Restoration Progress Report
President John Laprade
Dear Regency Tower Residents,

Balcony Mock Up Apt 101
Balcony Mock Up Apt 101
The project keeps moving forward.

I wanted to attach some photos for our owners who are out of town so that they can see the extent of the restoration that has been done to date on the balconies and window drops. All of the balconies on the south side of the building are completed and work is finishing up on the southwest and northwest balconies.

There are only three stacks left to be worked - balcony stacks 9, 10 and 11. Almost all of the window drops on the south side of the building have been completed and work will shift to the north side. You can see by the photos that the balcony work on stack 11 is pretty extensive as was expected. Two-thirds of the balconies in this stack have been marked and the demolition is complete. We expect the second concrete pore to be the week of August 10th.

 
Balcony Stack 11 (looking west) Balcony Stack 11 (looking east) West Side Window Drop
 
 
East Side Window Drop South Side between stacks 5-6 New Front Entry Tile
 

We continue to monitor the work being done and billed to the association as discussed at the board meeting on August 5th. Currently the actual amounts being submitted for the concrete work are below the estimates that were developed by our engineer for the project. This is good news for the association as we will not be billed for quantities that are not used. While we cannot predict what will happen, should this trend continue, we will be under budget for these items and quite possibly for the entire project. We are closely monitoring these items and now that we are way past the 1/2 way point we can safely make some predictions on what we can expect will be used based on actual usage. We will continue to monitor this and report any changes to you.

Regards.

John Laprade

John Laprade, President
Regency Tower Board of Directors

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Security Report
Assistant Security Chief Kenzi Benton

Acting-Chief of Security Kenzi Benton
Assistant Chief of Security
Kenzi Benton
Vehicle Registration

If you have not received a parking decal, or if you have the old decal on your vehicle, please see Christine or Dana in the office to get the updated permit for your vehicle or a new decal. This way your vehicle can be properly identified in case we need to call you for any issues. If not available, stop by security to receive a Temporary Parking Permit until your earliest convenience to get a decal for your vehicle from the office

Reminder Regarding Overnight Guests

If you are in residence and have guests that are coming to the building, you should let security know in advance of their arrival. Due to COVID-19 restrictions your guests must sign an acknowledgement regarding no guest use of the pool, gym and other amenities during their stay. The acknowledgement must be completed and returned to the office or security prior to their arrival.

Keyfob Your guests must stop by the security desk to sign-in upon arrival to check in. If you choose, you can let your guests use one of your NEW FOBS and security will assign it to your guest for the duration of their stay. The new security system will automatically turn off the FOB at the end of their stay. You should make sure you get your FOB back or you will have to purchase a new one. Also, your guest’s vehicle (if applicable) must also be registered with security for the length of time he/she stays.

Reminder - due to COVID-19 restrictions, if you are not in residence no overnight guests are allowed at this time

Sincerely,
Kenzi Benton
Assistant Safety/Security Chief

Kenzi on the Job! Safety Tip: Since the south and north driveway ramps are Intermittently being used to both enter and exit the building during the construction, please take extra care to avoid collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles.

 

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