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Association Areas Executive Committee…4/23/08

Big news …. right out of the gate…

Jerry Thompson our new foreman is no longer in our employ!

Later in the the meeting …a question …the reason for his departure….

response…no one knows!…no response back fro him by phone etc…

He was out sick last week….

A quandary for the SRC Board….

Jerry’s major responsibility was the newly installed in- house landscaping service…which only took over from the contracted- out service… a few short weeks ago…

the change over encountered some difficulties……due first to a hired landscaper not showing up…leading to a replacement…some wrong sized uniforms ordered…and now Jerry’s departure…

We have purchased around 11 thousand dollars in new equipment…another dumpster is on site for lawn clippings etc…for weekly pickup….

Originally it was asked when this change to in- house was being discussed…what happens if there is turn over?…

Response was ….not to worry…and in my opinion…that was due to never thinking it would be the foreman leaving…and a shortsighted view on turn over in such jobs….

example was brought up …using Seagrape streetscape project…which was encountering lack of workers…at the time this was discussed….

What happens now?…

Either another foreman….or a return to the landscape service from an outside company…and a loss in this purchase of equipment…..

Also…some calculated the saving with this original move….around 70 bucks a unit!

Updates to come….

Major Projects…

most are the same…

front driveway sealing is underway…

C tennis court is in need of an additional step to improve it…after the expansion joint is finished…concrete…reportedly a ball park figure of an additional $15-20 thousand….

Surface for the tennis court is still being looked into…project on hold…the President of the board informed all of the possibility a change in the surface could be considered a structural improvement requiring a 2/3 vote of the voters to implement…

A leading board member ..advocating for the change found this ridiculous…stating it was the equivalent of laying a carpet…

There was also talk that if the improvement was approved for the courts at C building…building A courts should be done at the same time…

Still no contract from the consultant for Comcast…we are still in a holding pattern…advised we are not to worry while Comcast “dot the i’s and crosses the t’s”….

Some Insurance agents came at the request of the board after working with one board member to see if we are able to do better than we have with our current insurance company…who we have been with for around 30 years…

Because this was considered more than a presentation by the board…in fact possible negotiations…I will not go into specifics… please contact your building’s board or manager for more detail…

Some highlights of interest though….

our current long term provider receives an upfront service fee of $112 thousand dollars…

the agents who came before us take 10% off the total cost of the policy

there was a difference in the total amount…. quoted… from materials provided to them…etc…

South Florida is not yet seeing the competing savings as other areas are… from private companies…versus Citizen’s windstorm insurance…

therefor…not offering us a change in windstorm insurance….

Coastal communities are covered under a V zone…for velocity…

previously we were classified an X zone…

meaning we had the lowest liability….and are “quietly” grandfathered in …

to keep the cost some $400+ thousand dollars less than a current new classification…2 things need to happen…

1. keep our flood insurance active…no lapse in coverage…

2. hope the insurance companies along with the National Flood Insurance Program do not use certain “maps” to change their liability predictors and up the charges…

The question was asked about the new sea level pics …previously posted on this site…and in this weeks papers…showing a 3 foot increase…and all coastal areas being under water…. could this possibly be used to exact such a change in coverage…answer …yes!

our per unit door liability coverage is around $200…these agents feel that is exorbitant…and consider the $40- $100 range more in- line with our liability history…

The agents were asked a few questions…and thanked…the board member working with them walked them out…

In a surprising move…the comptroller and those present at the table …proceeded to disagree with much presented by the agents…

The board member who brought the agents in and I were astounded they would not have addressed these concerns while they were present.

The response from the table…they felt these were negotiations…it would embarrass the agents…and they wanted tp proceed with questions in writing to the agents…

I respectfully disagree…and think it would have been much more beneficial to put all the cards out on the table…

More insurance news…our current insurance company neglected to correct the age of the buildings on our Citizen’s policy…

we are now canceled from the policy…and in receipt of a full refund…as Citizens figures out the correct amount…we have been assured by the agent we have no interruption in service while awaiting the correct policy.

Some talk about the BSO response to building B and a Scenic Highway update…which is in the Local section of the Sun- Sentinel today…www.sunsentinel.com

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