January 2019 Newsletter
Posted By kthomson on March 4, 2019
To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,
January 2019– Board of Directors Meeting
The January 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in the Community Room beginning at 6:00pm.
Holiday Tree Pick- Up
Global Disposal will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, January 11, 2019.
If you would like to dispose of your tree, please bring it down to parking spot 19 on the P1 Level. It is located to the left of the ramp (if you are facing it, as if you are leaving the garage). Please clean up any needles your tree leaves behind.
As a reminder, all holiday decorations should be removed from doors and balconies by Thursday, January 10th.
Clothing/ E-Waste Pick-up
Global Disposal will be holding a Clothing/EWaste event scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2018. To sign-up please visit www.globaldisposal.com and click on the “event sign-up” tab. Find your HOA (Alicante) and event, and then fill out the sign-up form. Please note: you must sign up Before September 20th. Please bag all items and place them by the trash enclosure.
E-waste (electronic waste)
E-waste could include anything with a cord, including microwaves, televisions, computers, or any small kitchen appliances. To schedule removal for a large appliance, call us at 858-848-9278.
While Alicante is a dog friendly building, please adhere to the rules and regulations when walking pets and having them in your condo. All residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their condos, and clean common areas. Complaints were received by management for multiple pet-related disturbances over the recent holidays:
· Animal urine in an elevator not cleaned-up by the owner
· Barking dog on condo patio
· Barking dogs walking thru lobby and common areas
· Barking dogs in condo units disturbing hallway passersby and adjacent residents
Please manage your pets so that they do not diminish others’ enjoyment of Alicante. This includes cleaning up pet accidents and taking the necessary measures to limit barking. Pet-related violations of the governing documents can lead to fines and CCTV footage from the common areas and elevators will be reviewed to identify residents who are not cleaning-up after their pets. Please show respect to your neighbors and help keep Alicante a pet-friendly building.
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.
Alicante Residents can get local TV channels for $0/month by connecting to Alicante’s roof antenna (*after a one-time connection fee): ABC, CBS, PBS, etc. Interested residents may want to check-out the Fitness Room TV as it is connected to Alicante’s antenna. See the OMC’s “Off-Air TV System” bulletin for more details: http://alicantehoa.com/owner-maintenance-committee/
Enjoy Sports Without Cable TV
For people interested in cutting the Cable TV cord, this article describes ways to watch sports without Cable TV. For example, by connecting to Alicante’s TV antenna, Residents can watch sports on local channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, etc.). Alternately, by subscribing to a streaming service (e.g., Hulu with Live TV), Residents can view sporting events carried by ESPN, FSN, BTN, etc. See this article for related information. Interested residents may want to check-out the Fitness Room TV as it has the Hulu with Live TV service.
Replacement Secondary Dryer Lint Filter
Alicante clothes dryers have a secondary dryer lint filter. The second filter reduces the chance of lint build-up in the exhaust duct that carries the warm moist air from the clothes dryer to outdoors. Generally, the secondary dryer lint filter is located near the ceiling of the closet containing the clothes
dryer. With time/use the secondary dryer lint filter may break, and need to be replaced. See the OMC’s “Dryer Filters” bulletin for more details: http://alicantehoa.com/owner-maintenance-committee/
Management is working with the landscape service to replace Silver Sheen bushes in select locations. The replacement shrubs are also drought tolerant.
Next Refresh Project
The Common Area Enhancement Committee is going to take a break now that the Fitness Room Project is complete. Later in January 2019 the committee will resume investigations for the next Common Area Refresh Project.
Free Wi-Fi in 1st Floor Common Areas
The association has free Wi-Fi in the Lobby, the Fitness Room, and in/around the Community Room. See the Welcome Packet for Wi-Fi network names and passwords. The Welcome Packet is available to Owners on Vivo. Renters may get a copy of the Welcome Packet from their landlords.
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!