Condominium VII – Board of Managers

CONDO VII NEWSLETTER – January 2020

Birthstone: Garnet Flower: Carnation

DATES TO REMEMBER
• January 1 – New Year’s Day
• January 20 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday Observed

Happy New Year!!! Happy New Decade!!!

If you want 2020 to be your year: Don’t sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out. Make a change. Smile more. Be excited. Do new things. Throw away what you have been cluttering. Unfollow negative people on social media. Go to be early. Wake up early. Be fierce. Don’t gossip. Show more gratitude. Do things that challenge you. Be brave.

Correction
In December’s newsletter, we told you that updated documentation needs to be provided with regards to handicap parking spots. Please disregard the request to provide vehicle information. Handicap permits are issued to individuals, not vehicles, so we only need the doctor’s letter, the copy of your handicap permit, and your parking plaza. Please remember to submit everything by January 15th. Thank you.

Vandalism
I’m sorry to report that in November our Tot Lot was vandalized. One or more person(s) spray painted the benches, the swing set poles, part of the sidewalk, and a section of the walkway fence. This kind of criminal act is unacceptable and hurts everyone in our community. It also results in additional expenses. In spite of the hard work put in by the HOA maintenance staff, they were unable to remove all of the paint. In the spring we will need to see about repainting the damaged areas and it’s very likely we will need to replace the benches. After discussing the matter, the Board decided the area will now be under 24-hour video surveillance and cameras and lights have been installed. It was an action not taken lightly, however, we need to protect our property and assure the safety of everyone living here. To repeat a well-known mantra – If you see something, say something. If you see someone committing an unlawful act, notify the appropriate authorities. If you see something that has been damaged or vandalized, either notify the Board or put in a work order.

Belated Thank You to our Building Captains for a job well done in completing the 2019 Fall smoke alarm inspections. We would also like to welcome two new Building Captains – Bernard and Steve. Condo 7 thanks all of you for volunteering your time. We could still use a few more volunteers. If you are interested drop a note with your contact information addressed to the Board in the clubhouse mailbox.

Some additional winter reminders
 Ice melt is available in the basements. Fill up a container to keep by your door.
 Back-in parking is only permitted when a substantial snow is predicted.
 Upper Lamont Residents: To avoid any chance of damage to lower units, please remove the snow from your balcony as soon as possible.
 Regency Residents: In the event of subfreezing temperatures, open your bathroom faucets to a trickle. The water pipes are located on the exterior walls and this should help prevent them from freezing and/or bursting.
 Our landscapers will shovel the walkways only if at least 2” of snow has fallen and only after the snow has stopped.
 Pick up the mat outside your door so it doesn’t clog the snow blowers.
 When snow is forecast, try to park your car in a plaza so the HOA can easily plow the roads. Once the roads are clear, move your car out of the plaza so that it can be cleared as well.
 Have flashlights ready in the event severe weather causes a power outage.

Dryer Vent Cleaning
Since many of us tend to “hibernate” during the winter months, it’s a good time to have your dryer vent cleaned. Condo 7 will pay to have this done once a year. Just put in a work order.

Contacting the Board
Once again, we request that you do not call Board members at home or use their personal email addresses. To make it easier for you to bring any non-work order related issues to the Board’s attention, I’m pleased to announce that you may now send an email to BrettonWoodsCondo7@gmail.com. Of course, you may still address a letter to the Condo 7 Board and drop it in the clubhouse mailbox.
Susanna & the Condo VII Board

Thought for the month: Advice from a Glacier: Carve your own path; Go slow; Channel your strengths; Smooth the way for others; Keep moving forward; Avoid meltdowns; Be Cool!