August 2018 Newsletter
Posted By kthomson on August 29, 2018
To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,
August 2018– Board of Directors Meeting
The August 2018 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in the Community Room beginning at 6:00pm.
Everyone loves a good BBQ in the Summer. When using the grill outside please make sure you remember to turn off the fire and gas when completed.
Reconstruction Experts will be onsite from Monday, August 6th– Friday, August 10th to complete inspections of the building. This will require entry into units. Engineer, Patrick will knock and if no answer, the unit will be entered.
The Board, Management and Building Engineer, Patrick Freeman have created a condo inspection checklist that we think you will appreciate. The checklist will guide Owners in reviewing the state of various systems in their condos. The checklist will provide recommendations for related OMC bulletins, where appropriate. Additional details will be provided soon via an email from Management.
Fitness Room Refresh Project
The Common Area Enhancement Committee has made a proposal to the Board for the refresh of the Fitness Room, which has been approved. New equipment, lighting, paint, TV, and TV services are all on their way. More information regarding the Fitness Room Refresh project will be shared as it becomes available.
Streaming TV Options
Those interested in using a streaming TV service instead of cable TV may find this article helpful. It compares several of the major streaming TV services: Hulu Live, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Vue and DirecTV Now. Those streaming services include sports (e.g.; ESPN) and DVR options. Click here to read the comparison. A lower-cost alternative – without sports – is Philo, which offers 40 channels for $16/month. Click here and here to read more about Philo.
Many residents have found that by connecting to Alicante’s TV antenna (to get ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, etc.) and subscribing to an inexpensive streaming TV service, their TV watching needs are met. To view related OMC bulletins on streaming TV or Alicante’s TV antenna system, look here: http://alicantehoa.com/owner-maintenance-committee/
Get Your AC Ready for Summer
With warmer temperatures coming soon, it may be time to get your AC ready for the season. Ensure your HVAC filter is clean by following this bulletin. And, if it has not been inspected/serviced in some time, it may make sense to schedule a checkup of your HVAC equipment – see the info in this bulletin.
Avoid Costly Sink Backups
The disposal may grind it, but Alicante’s pipes cannot handle grease, scraps, cornhusks, egg shells, peels (apples, carrots, etc.), oils/butters, excessive soap, coffee grounds, or rice. Moreover, since condos are stacked, a drain issue in one condo likely impacts those above/below. Please remember – and ask cleaning staff to remember – to avoid the items listed to help keep Alicante’s drains flowing.
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. Please note that the rate for a 4-hour window has increased to $160. 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 Association Meetings
Just a reminder that each month’s Owners Board meetings includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses Association matters. Owners are encouraged to attend!