CONDO IX NEWSLETTER October 2017
Columbus Day (observed) 9th; National Boss Day 16th; United Nations Day 24th; Halloween 31st
DEAR CONDO IX RESIDENTS,
October is a wonderful month here in Bretton Woods – we hope that you enjoy every single day! School is in full swing, so please take care to look out for school buses and the children in our community. This month we say goodbye to some of our snowbirds – we wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you next year!
A GENTLE REMINDER: ALL MEMBERS OF THE CONDO IX BOARD OF MANAGERS ARE VOLUNTEERS AND HOMEOWNERS THEMSELVES. PLEASE RESPECT OUR PRIVACY/PERSONAL LIVES AND DO NOT CALL/TEXT/ EMAIL OR APPROACH US PERSONALLY WITH YOUR CONCERNS. ALL REQUESTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING – PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT THE BOARD WILL RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IF YOUR PROBLEM NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, CONTACT THE HOA FRONT DESK OR THE EMERGENCY NUMBERS LISTED IN THE BRETTON NEWS. THANK YOU!
CONDO IX ELECTIONS: The Annual General Meeting/Election was held on September 21st, before the writing of this newsletter. We received applications from incumbents Sue Conklin, Stu Leshaw and Pat O’Mahoney for the three open positions on the Board. If there was a quorum at the Meeting/Election last month, the established rotation of Board members was maintained and the applicants were elected for a 3-year term. If there was not a quorum at the Meeting, the Board of Managers has the authority to appoint members to the Board for a term of one year. We will report the election results and the name of Officers and Committee Chairs in the November newsletter.
2017-2018 BUDGET: New coupon books and a copy of the budget were mailed to all homeowners last month. As you may know, your monthly common charges are comprised of two components: Condo IX for the operation/maintenance of our community and HOA for the operation and maintenance of the common facilities. MPAU, which is a reimbursable expense, reflects the cost of operation/maintenance of the sewer treatment plant (STP). We have no control over the HOA or MPAU expenses – we simply collect these monies on their behalf. Both HOA and MPAU increased their budgets for next fiscal year. The HOA portion of your common charges will be $243.50/month, an increase of $5.50/month. We were able to absorb the MPAU increase by reducing funding for our operational expenses. Cognizant of our aging infrastructure, we slightly increased funding for our reserves in anticipation of the parking plaza project. If you have any questions about the budget, please leave a note at the HOA office and a Board member will contact you.
IMPORTANT – The change in the monthly common charges goes into effect October 1st. If you did not receive your new coupon book last month, please contact the HOA office immediately. Since your monthly common charges have changed, if you pay electronically please be sure to notify your bank to pay the new amount.
• The cement project was finished late August/early September. The weather did not cooperate and the project took longer than we anticipated to be completed.
• At the September meeting, the Board approved funding for the beautification of PP #16A/B, as well as tree trimming/pruning/shrub removal in some common areas.
• We continue to meet with AMC regarding lawn maintenance/irrigation issues.
• The beautification project by PP #14 is still in progress, as of this writing.
SMOKE DETECTOR INSPECTIONS: The mandated Town of Brookhaven semi-annual smoke detector inspections are scheduled for this month. We extend many thanks to our Project Chair, Mary Ann Russo, for coordinating this project, and to all the volunteers who will complete the inspections. These inspections are done for the safety of you and your neighbors – we appreciate your cooperation!
SAFETY REMINDERS: The children are back in school so please be mindful of their comings and goings. When walking, please wear light-colored clothing and walk facing traffic – never down the middle of the road! Children should not ride their bikes/skateboards on the sidewalks upon which residents need full/clear access. And finally, please adhere to the posted speed limit of 25 mph within the Bretton Woods community. Thanks!
CONDO IX COMMUNITY NEWS!
We send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to Joanne Anderson and Margaret Genovese. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We extend birthday wishes this month to Geri Donleavy – enjoy your special day!
Please join us in welcoming our newest residents D. G Lee, Hyun Ji Ahn and their baby Daniel (#952), as well as Andrew Olenick (#981) to Condo IX – we hope you have many happy years in our community!
The next meeting of the Condo IX Board of Managers will be Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30 PM in the Library. Please let us know if you have a concern you would like to put on the agenda for discussion.
Many hands make light work. (Proverb)