May 2017 Newsletter
Posted By kthomson on August 29, 2017
To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,
May 2017- Annual Meeting
The May 2017 Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in the Community Room beginning at 6:00pm. This meeting is the Association annual meeting. Do not forget to turn in your ballots.
Hallway Carpet and Paint Project
As communicated earlier, the Board approved new paint, carpet, and other updates for the resident hallways on floors 1 thru 14. The project schedule currently shows the following target installation windows:
- Hallway lighting updates: April
- Hallway re-painting and re-carpeting: May – June
- Hallway signage updates: June – July
Note: Dates are subject to vendors’ schedules.
With warmer days coming, you may want to have your AC system checked. For more info, you may want to refer to this bulletin: Alicante OMC – HVAC Checkup.
Keep Clothes Dryers Working Their Best – The following steps aid optimum dryer performance. First, regularly clean both lint filters, as described in this bulletin. Further, you should have the dryer’s exhaust duct system inspected and cleaned, as described in this bulletin. Besides improving dryer performance, clean filters and exhaust ducts reduce the risk of fire.
Clothes Washing Machine Water Hoses
If the clothes washer in your condo has rubber water supply hoses, it is recommended that you replace them with stainless steel hoses. When rubber hoses get old they may burst, flooding your condo and neighbor condos. For more information on replacement stainless steel hoses, see this bulletin: Alicante OMC – Washing Machine Hoses.
Sling TV with DVR
Alicante Residents interested in streaming TV (e.g.; Roku, Amazon Fire TV, etc.) may want to explore Sling TV. This service delivers many popular channels (including ESPN) – and has a DVR.
- For more info about the channels available on Sling TV, look here.
- For more info about Sling TV’s DVR, look here.
If you’re interested in switching from a Cox bundle, the following bulletin includes steps to make the switch: Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.
Sling TV + Netflix + Local Channels
If you’d like to switch from a Cox bundle and are looking for a solution that combines off-air local channels* with Sling TV and Netflix, then the Air TV Player might be right for you. For more info, refer to the following:
- Air TV Player website
- Air TV Player Review
- Alicante OMC – Off-Air TV System
- Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle
*You may access local channels using Alicante’s roof-top antennas.
Proposed Phosphate Treatment for Building Hot Water
A vendor will attend the June 22, 2017 open session Board meeting to discuss a proposed treatment for Alicante’s hot water system to reduce the risk of pinhole leaks. Fixing pinhole leaks in common area pipes can become an appreciable Association expense.
Background: The risk of pipe pinhole leaks depends on a number of factors, including:
- Pipe material (copper, plastic, etc.)
- Pipe/building age
- Mineral content of the water carried by the pipe
- Erosion caused by water flowing thru the pipe
Over time, chemical reactions between minerals in the water and the pipe material (copper) can result in thin spots in the pipe, leading to pinhole leaks. Moreover, the flow of water through the pipe can erode the pipe’s walls, increasing the risk of pinhole leaks. Since Alicante’s hot water is continually re-circulated (to enable instant hot water at the taps), Alicante’s hot water pipes are at risk of pinhole leaks due to chemical reactions, as well as water flow erosion.
The proposed treatment involves the injection of food grade phosphates into the hot water flowing throughout the building to all condo units. The phosphates injected into the hot water would react with the copper pipe, depositing a layer along the inner surface of the pipes. This layer lessens the risk of pipe corrosion (minerals in the water) or pipe erosion (constantly flowing hot water) that could lead to pinhole leaks.
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!