July 12, 2021 Newsletter - English
Posted on Jul 12th, 2021
New Lower Gate Operators
Both the entry and exit garage gate operators have been replaced. Some final work will be done this week to reinforce the steel frame and clean up some electrical issues. Once finalized, the new gates will have soft start/stop; battery backup in case of emergency; smoother, quieter operation; and working induction loops for automatic door opening while exiting. KEEP in mind, the lower exit pedestrian door still opens in front of the garage gate. Do not open this door until the garage gate is fully down! Even though there is a safety switch which deactivates the gate while the pedestrian door is open, damage may still be caused. We will also be installing “safety eyes” outside of each exit ramp to keep the gate from closing prematurely. The upper operators will be replaced in the coming weeks.
Garage Pedestrian Doors
This past week, we replaced all 7 garage pedestrian doors. Final work, which includes removing unused electrical, repairing wall damage, rekeying all doors, and adding door stops, will be done in the coming days. In the meantime, all doors are connected to the building’s access system and can be opened with your ID card or fob.
Some of the new features include:
· Continuous hinges to eliminate regular maintenance needs,
· ADA compliant handles & crash bars with only 5 pounds of pressure needed to open,
· Electronic crash bars for easy maintenance,
· An enlarged 42” handicap access door in the lower North entrance,
· and we finally removed the heightened threshold in the lower exit ramp which caused difficulty for those exiting with bikes, carts, or wheelchairs.
Speaking of Safety
We take safety very seriously and continue to improve in any way possible. At next weeks meeting, your board will be considering 2 more items of importance: adding Fob readers inside of the elevators, and replacing the lobby doors with ADA and fire code compliant glass doors with proper crash bars and common key access. We hope these proposed and future changes will help increase safety and security.
The Annual Meeting is July 24th. Just as last year, we will be hosting a hybrid meeting via GoToMeeting and allowing in-person seating. Interested residents can come down to sit in the office and lobby area. We will be providing drinks and snacks. Be on the lookout for the meeting link being sent by email.
Don’t forget to cast your votes! There are two different ballots, a yellow one for the Board of Directors and a green one for governing document changes. Feel free to bring your ballots to the office once complete.
Each Friday, we have been sending out Newsletters featuring one of the rule/CC&R or Bylaw changes to highlight the benefits of each rule and clear up any questions that you might have.
This week we are providing more information concerning the final Ballot Measure. Ballot Measure 8: provides for Triennial Audits Instead of Annual Audits. This requires a change to the Bylaws.
Currently, Section 7.2(G) of the Bylaws requires the Association to obtain annual audits of the Association’s financials. Ballot Measure 8 would require an audit just every 3 years with the Association conducting financial reviews for the other 2 years.
Pros: All bank accounts and finances are already prepared by a 3rd party thereby keeping all approval at arm’s length. A full audit is unnecessary since all finances are reviewed daily. A financial review would be more cost effective while retaining needed checks-and-balances. This does not prevent a Board from authorizing an audit, as they may deem to be necessary, from-time-to-time.
Cons: An audit is more thorough than a financial review and some owners may find a concern in an extensive audit that they would not ordinarily find in a review. The added expense of an annual audit may reduce risk of improper accounting to the association.