CONDO IX NEWSLETTER August 2018
DEAR CONDO IX NEIGHBORS, IT IS PARTY TIME!
Please join us for our 3RD Annual Potluck Poolside Party on Saturday, August 25th at 3 PM! (The rain date is Sunday, August 26th) There is no cost for Condo IX residents. We just ask that you bring your favorite dish to share! 😊 (There is a nominal $5 fee for any guests who are not Condo IX residents.)
If you plan to attend the party, please call Pat O’Mahoney at (516) 313-2785, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may fill in the tear-off RSVP from the flyer that will be distributed later this month and leave it at the HOA office mailbox Attention: Condo IX. Please let Pat know how many will attend and what dish to share you will bring – an appetizer, entrée, salad, or dessert. The Board will supply sterno trays, paper goods, utensils, ice, soda, water, etc. We need a count of attendees to ensure that we have enough of everything, as well as an idea of what you will bring so we can avoid duplicates in the menu. This party will be a great opportunity to take a break from your usually hectic days to join neighbors, friends, and family for an afternoon of fun, food, and fellowship! We ask that you please RSVP by Wednesday, August 15th, we look forward to seeing YOU there!
BUDGET: This month the Board will prepare the Condo IX budget for fiscal year 2018 – 2019. Like all the other condos and HOA in Bretton Woods, we are faced with increasing costs and needed infrastructure repairs, both immediate and long-term. We strive to budget realistically so we don’t have to dip into our reserves for operational expenses. Please remember that we have no control over the HOA common charges, the reimbursables or the MPAU expenses – we simply collect these monies on their behalf. As with our budgets at home, there are some things that we must do and some things that we would like to do – please be assured that we will prepare the budget with all of these considerations in mind.
CONDO IX ELECTIONS: Condo IX is governed by a nine-member Board of Managers, who are elected to serve (staggered) three-year terms. As per the established rotation, three seats on the Board will become vacant at the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. Any homeowner, including incumbents, is eligible to run for the Board. Serving on the Board of Managers, which is a volunteer position, requires a commitment of time, energy, ideas and a genuine interest in the ongoing management of our community. If you have any questions about running for the Board, please leave a note at the HOA office and a Board member will get back to you. An application form will be mailed to each homeowner later this month with a return date that will allow sufficient time to prepare for the election in September. Please think about what you have to offer your community – become involved, run for the Board!
CONDO PROJECTS: The Board approved funding for gutter cleaning by AMC and power washing of the buildings by LI Compass Contracting. Bay Gardens completed installation of replacement plants on the boulder wall last month. We continue to work with AMC to resolve irrigation/sprinkler problems. Please submit a work order if you observe a broken sprinkler or area of brown grass so we can bring it to their attention.
HOUSEKEEPING: We understand that parking can be problematic in some plazas and that it may not be possible to always park in close proximity of your unit. Please be considerate of your neighbors and park within the confines of a single space. Please be reminded that open flame devices, including fire pits and tiki torches, are prohibited in Condo IX.
GENTLE REMINDER: We ask that you please respect Board Member’s privacy/personal lives and do not call them at home. All requests/questions should be submitted in writing and will be addressed as soon as possible. Thanks!
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS: Please, please, please do not feed the deer! This is a very bad year for ticks. We advise that you that take all necessary precaution to protect yourself when outdoors. Additional information is available at the following websites: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7197.html; http://ccesuffolk.org/resources/know-the-facts-be-tick-wise; https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/ https://nysipm.cornell.edu/whats-bugging-you/ticks/
CONDO IX COMMUNITY NEWS!
Get well wishes are sent to Joe Albarello and Barry Berger.
Oops! Apologies to Christine McKeever, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the “thanks” for helping with smoke detector inspections in May! Thanks also to Kathy Russo and Deirdre Severson for distributing flyers for the gutter cleaning project.
Birthday celebrants this month are Walter Hlawitschka and Stu LeShaw – enjoy!
The next meeting of the Condo IX Board will be held Wednesday, August 8th at 6 PM in the Performing Arts Room. Please note the change of date of the meeting to the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Summertime and the livin’ is easy. (George Gershwin)