Condominium VII – Board of Managers

Condo VII  – September 2022

DATES TO REMEMBER
• September 5 – Labor Day
• September 11 – Patriot Day
• September 22 – First Day of Autumn
• September 25 – Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset

CONDO VII ELECTION & ANNUAL MEETING
The 2022 Election and Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Room. The response to our search for candidates to the Board has been disappointing. This is your community and we are looking for people who would like to assist in the continuing management of it. You don’t need any prior experience, just a genuine interest in keeping Condo VII running and being a part of the solution in resolving issues.
We will be accepting applications until September 15. No nominations will be taken from the floor during the meeting. If you are interested and misplaced the application mailed to you in July, email the Board (brettonwoodscondo7@gmail.com) and we will provide one.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please give your proxy to a homeowner who is attending, or return it to the Board for us to vote on your behalf, by the date of the meeting. If we do not have a quorum, we will not be able to hold a legal election. In that case, the Board will choose and appoint members from the applications received.
We look forward to seeing as many homeowners as possible at the meeting.

Budget
We are finalizing the budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and will be presenting it at the annual meeting. Our common charges will be increasing due to the HOA raising our share of their common charges, capital reserve and reimbursables as well as our increasing costs to meet our budget needs. We are working to keep our portion of the increase as low as possible.
In addition, as part of the HOA roads project which is currently scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023, we will be repaving and re-striping our parking plazas and there will be an assessment to cover this expense. This is work that needs to be done as our plazas are in disrepair and the striping is almost non-existent in the plazas. It also makes sense to do it at the same time the roads are being done since the workers and equipment will already be in the community. Depending on the estimated cost of this work, we will determine how many years we will need to spread the assessment over to minimize the financial impact.
Please attend the Annual Meeting to get the details behind the common charge increase and the assessment.

The power washing has been completed. In addition to the buildings, we also had the sidewalks, stairs, ramps and staircases to the basements cleaned. It’s certainly brightened up our community.

Back to School
It’s that time of year again. The children in Bretton Woods wait on the street corners for their bus pick up and get dropped off again in the afternoons. Please drive slowly and obey the stop signs. This is especially important as the days get shorter and they are waiting in the dark.

There is no assigned parking anywhere in Bretton Woods. The only rules are: do not park in front of the fire hydrants or mailboxes; do not park in any spot with zebra striping or a sign prohibiting parking; and if you park in a handicap spot, you must display your handicap parking permit. Many of us have a spot we prefer to park in, but we don’t have exclusive rights to that spot. If someone else is parked there, you don’t have the right to tell them that is your parking place.
The Board is very aware that the striping in our plazas is faded or non-existent and it makes parking difficult, especially at night. We ask that you do your best to ensure you are not overlapping into a second spot when you park your vehicle. We also ask that residents be understanding of the times when your neighbor may inadvertently be “over the line” because that could just as easily be you.

Condo VII Board of Managers
brettonwoodscondo7@gmail.com

Thought for the month
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower