Condominium I – Board of Managers

Condo I – July 2020

Condo I Board of Managers Update:
 The results of the Condo I Election will be reported in the August issue of the Brettonews. Thank you to all those who submitted proxies.
 The Condo I Board of Managers will be working hard on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year which begins on October 1.

Respect – Civilization is built on neighbors being civil to one another. We are living through an epic time of high stress on multiple fronts. Now more than ever it is important to remember the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Respect for other people and the community is the hallmark of being a good neighbor. You don’t have to be best friends, but do be kind to those around you. Together, we will get through these hard times.
As we see Coronavirus cases rapidly increasing in other states across our nation, we must not let down our guard in New York. This is no way near over. Continue to social distance and wear your mask when in public. It shows respect for yourself and those around you.

Use of Barbeques & Storage of LPG Tanks as it applies to multiple residence settings:
Summer is upon us and you may be planning to barbeque. Make sure you know the law and follow the safety requirements pertaining to using barbeques in condominium complexes.

Local Law of Town of Brookhaven Chapter 30, Section 103 E
Container storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is forbidden.
International Fire Code (2015)
308.1.4 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
• Electric Barbeques/Grills may be used within ten feet of a building because they do not produce an open flame.
• Charcoal Barbeques/Grills may not be used within ten feet of combustible construction and may not be used on a balcony. Condo I does not have any balconies, but other Condos in Bretton Woods do.
• LPG (propane gas – 20 lb.) Barbeque/Grills may not be used within ten feet of any combustible construction. They may not be used on a second-story balcony.
o Spare LPG tanks may not be kept on the property. The only tank you should have is the tank attached to your barbeque.
o Improper storage of the tanks/cylinders is a violation of T.O.B. Local Law 30-9.
Any violation of any section of the Fire Code of New York State constitutes an offense pursuant to Section 16 of the Fire Prevention local law and may be punishable by a fine up to $10,000 per day, imprisonment not to exceed (6) months or both. If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Division of Fire Prevention at (631) 451-6262 or visit our webpage at www.brookhavenny.gov/fire

Work Orders – You can submit work orders online. Go to www.brettonwoodshoa.org. Click on the Work Orders tab.
Litter & Dog Waste – Please, speak to your family members and make sure your guests do not litter our parking lots and roadways. Beverage containers, wrappers, cigarette butts, gloves, and masks have been noticed to name a few. Dispose of them in the trash. Those with permission to have a dog must leash the dog while out in public, scoop the poop, and toss it in the dumpster.

Drains – In order to avoid clogged pipes and a sewage back up into your or your neighbor’s condo, please, take care to allow only toilet paper and what nature intends to get flushed away. Items such as paper towels, feminine products, baby wipes, Q-Tips, dental floss, cigarette butts and so on will clog our pipes and should instead be put in the trash. In addition, do not pour grease or allow food to go down the drain. Collect cooking grease in a disposable container or soak it up with paper towels and dispose of it with your garbage.

Mice – Mice, chipmunks, squirrels, and other animals are attracted to food sources. Do not put food out for wild animals. This includes birdseed. We do not want to encourage these furry friends to set their homes up inside of ours. There is plenty of food available for wild animals in the wooded areas.

Did you know that mice can enter a home through an opening that is the size of a dime? So what can you do to keep them out of your home? Take the time to look around the inside of your home for openings mice might be able to slip through. Look behind the stove, where the plumbing pipes enter your unit, along the molding, and under vent covers. You can insert steel wool, green scouring pads, foam insulation, use caulking, or spackle to seal up cracks and holes inside your unit. Home improvement stores sell various critter repellents that keep mice away. Mice dislike the smell of peppermint oil. Soak a cotton ball and place in areas you think mice might be entering your home. Or buy an Ultra Sonic Plug-In Device. Mice hate the ultra-sonic beeping sound emitted by these electronic devices. Don’t worry the sound is inaudible to humans.

Noise/Smoking – Both can become quality of life issues. As per the Prospectus, homeowners shall not cause or permit any unusual or objectionable noise or odors to be produced upon or emanate from their units. Noise cut off in Bretton Woods is 11:00 p.m. inside and outside. At no time should TV, music, voice, or instrument be so loud that it interferes with the comfort of others. Objectionable odors include the fumes coming from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or similar item which can create a health hazard for others.

New Appliance – When you have a new appliance such as a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washing machine or dryer delivered, make sure you include in the agreement that the old one gets taken off the premises.

Large Garbage Items – Large items ready for the trash such as a couch, barbeque grill, table, sink, and so on do not belong in the dumpster. Instead, put large items way off to the right or left side of the dumpster and never leaning on the dumpster. Nothing is to be put in front of the dumpster because it prevents the sanitation truck driver from accessing the dumpster in order to empty it.

Communicating with the Board of Managers – If you have an issue that you wish to bring to the attention of the board, you must put it in writing. Either fill out a work order or write a letter and put it in the dropbox to the left of the clubhouse entrance. Please, do not call a board member at home.