October 2016 Newsletter
Posted By kdub on September 30, 2016
Alicante Owners Association
October 2016 Newsletter
To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,
October 2016 – Board of Directors Meeting
The October 2016 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Community Room with Open Session beginning at 6:30pm.
General Manager Change
Kelly Thomson will joining the Alicante community as the new General Manager effective October 11, 2016. Current Manager, Kim Nguyen will continue to be a part of the account overseeing Kelly, providing her support and guidance as she grows with Alicante and Action Property Management. Please stop by the office in the Lobby on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 or come to the October meeting to give Kelly a warm welcome!
Safely Entering the Garage
To preclude non-residents from accessing the building, stop your car inside the gate until it has closed to preclude access by passersby.
Washing Machine Hoses
The original rubber washing machine hoses are over 9 years old, and are at risk of bursting. To reduce the risk of flooding your condo – and neighbor condos – it’s recommended that replacement stainless steel washing machine hoses be installed. This bulletin has related information: Alicante OMC – Washing Machine Hoses.
Living in a high-rise condo is not like living in a suburban house. See the information in this bulletin to keep your toilets flushing properly: Alicante OMC – Toilet Paper.
Washing with Soft Water
Alicante has a water softening system. Soft water has various benefits, and has favorable impacts on dish and clothes washing. This bulletin has related information: Alicante OMC – Washing with Soft Water.
Another Resident Has Switched from Cox to Other Vendors
For those interested, these were her steps:
She signed-up for Webpass Internet service.
She installed MagicJack telephone service.
She connected her TV to Alicante’s antenna to get PBS, CBS, etc.
She bought a Roku device, and attached it to her TV.
She signed up for Netflix and SlingTV, to get movies and TV shows.
She cancelled her Cox service.
The following bulletins have related information, including various vendor options:
• Alicante OMC – Off-Air TV System
• Alicante OMC – Streaming TV
Streaming TV Cost Savings Estimates
For those interested, this website gives cost saving estimates for streaming TV (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, etc.) vs. cable TV: http://www.theverge.com/a/online-tv-stream-price-guide
While we are a dog friendly building, please keep your furry companions on a leash while walking through the common areas. Per the Alicante Association Membership Handbook #9: “A leash held by an individual capable of controlling the animal must be used when walking your pet in the Common Areas including the lobby, hallways, garage and elevators.”
Additionally, please do not allow your pet to relieve themselves in the planters! To reduce confusing your furry friend, please do not walk your pet through the patio/recreational area.
Lastly, as a reminder, residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their unit. Please take the necessary measures to limit barking when in the unit and common areas. If there is persistent barking, it may rile up other furry neighbors and could be considered a nuisance – which is a violation of the governing documents. Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!
Per the Association’s Rules and Regulations, if you are renting your unit, please remember to send Management a copy of your lease. This information is necessary for many reasons, mainly for emergency purposes. In the event of an evacuation, the authorities require us to have an updated list of who is in the building. By not providing your lease and tenant’s information, we will not know who to look for if there was an evacuation situation. This information is kept confidential. Please remember to submit this information every time you have a new tenant! You can submit to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
If you are thinking about making a change in your unit that would require architectural committee review and approval, please plan well in advance. Per the Architectural Guidelines, the Committee is allotted 30-45 days for review. It is also recommended to wait before setting a schedule with your contractor until an approval has been awarded.
There are four committees at Alicante:
• The Architectural Committee reviews Architectural Applications submitted by owners.
• The Common Area Enhancement Committee works on common area décor, such as the lobby.
• The Owner Maintenance Committee provides information on maintaining condo systems.
• The Social Committee plans and hosts gatherings, like the Annual holiday party.
If you are a member who is interested in serving the Community but cannot dedicate the time to serve as a Board Member, joining a committee may be perfect for you! Please contact management at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Alternately, Owners may view the various committee charters on Vivo Portal.
In the event you change your email address or phone number, please remember to advise management. This allows us to continue to communicate important reminders to you!
Owners, please be reminded you are required to have individual owners insurance. Should you have any questions as to what your policy should cover, please review the CC&R’s for owners’ responsibility. Should you have renters or are a renter, it is good practice to obtain renters’ insurance, in the event an emergency were to occur.
Just a reminder that all moves and deliveries must be scheduled with Management at least a week in advance. A general rule of thumb is if it takes more than one person to move it, then a move must be scheduled. The reason is simply to protect the building from sustaining damage during a move. Please be advised that if you are found to have had an unscheduled move, you will be subject to hearing and fine. If you are unsure of the scope of your move or would like to schedule a move, please contact the General Manager.
In case you are ever curious as to who is responsible for what, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you should call Management or your own vendor, please see the Maintenance Matrix posted in the mailroom glass case. We pulled this information from the Alicante CC&Rs.
Monthly HOA Meetings
Just a reminder that each month’s HOA Board meeting includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses HOA matters. Owners are encouraged to attend!