December 2018 Newsletter
Posted By kthomson on December 3, 2018
To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,
November/December 2018– Board of Directors Meeting
The November/December 2018 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in the Community Room beginning at 6:00pm.
Management and Engineer Holiday Schedule
In observance of upcoming holidays, Action Property Management will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 – Tuesday, December 25, 2018, as well as Tuesday, January 1, 2019. ABLE Engineering will be closed Tuesday, December 25, 2017 and Tuesday January 1, 2019. For all emergencies, please remember to call 800-400-2284.
This year’s party was a another hit! On behalf of the community, the Board would like to thank the Social Committee (and its helpers!) for hosting another terrific event!
EV Charger Investigation
In support of the trend toward the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs), the Board is exploring several options for accommodating EV Chargers in the Alicante Garage:
Given the current technology available, the Board has determined the most cost effective solution for Phase One is to install EV chargers in Association-owned parking spots. The Association-owned EV Chargers would be accessible to Residents who have garage access. Residents who use these EV Chargers would pay for the electricity delivered to their EVs.
Phase Two would involve upgrading Alicante infrastructure so it is easier / less costly for Condo Unit Owners to install their own EV Chargers in their deeded parking spots in the Alicante Garage. In these cases, the Owner’s EV Charger, its installation in an Owner’s deeded parking spot, its connection to Alicante’s EV charging infrastructure and the electricity for vehicle charging would be at the Owner’s expense.
Related considerations for both options (e.g.; costs, related community rules & regulations, etc.) are still under investigation. Look for more information in the future.
While we are a dog friendly building, please remember that residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their condos. 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 that can lead to fines. Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!
Management maintains a list of vendors that have provided favorable service. The list has been updated for 2018. Residents in need of a vendor may want to investigate the list found here.
Management is working with the landscape service to replace Silver Sheen bushes in select locations. The replacement shrubs are also drought tolerant.
Streaming TV Services
You may want to check-out this article that compares major Streaming TV providers: PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Philo, FuboTV, Watch TV and Hulu. The various providers have different offerings / prices. A Streaming TV service may meet your needs better than cable TV.
Next Refresh Project
The Common Area Enhancement Committee is going to take a break now that the Fitness Room Project is complete. In January 2019 the committee will resume investigations for the next Common Area Refresh Project.
There are OMC bulletins to help you find replacement parts for your condo’s systems, including these:
· (Bar) Bracket Cover
· Clothes Washers
· Garbage Disposals
· HVAC Filters
· Light Bulbs
· Dryer (Lint) Filters
· Shower/Tub Cartridges
· Smoke Detectors
· Toilet Flapper Valve
· Washing Machine Hoses
Look here to download the OMC bulletins you need: http://alicantehoa.com/owner-maintenance-committee/
Roku App for new Fitness Room TV
Residents may want to download and install the free Roku App on their smartphones or tablets. The Roku app allows smartphones or tablets to control the New Roku TV instead of the TV’s Remote. More, the Roku App enables “private listening”: Listen to your show on your smartphone’s or tablet’s headphones while watching your show on the new Fitness Room TV. More info here: https://www.roku.com/mobile-app.
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!