For residents who were unable to attend the Annual Budget Meeting on Monday March 2, 2015, here is a recap of topics and points discussed:
Clubhouse #2 is new meeting location for Hillcrest 11.
Quorum was achieved, the vote to waive funding the reserve account by doubling HOA dues for this year was passed. But that reserve will be needed when disaster hits, residents should consider saving up anyway to cushion for when the inevitable hike in HOA dues does arrive.
Payment of a special assessment will begin May 1 and paid within 6 months. The assessment will be calculated using 15% and is intended to cover electrical refitting involving the fuse box in each unit. Residents have until April 1st to make final payment on last year’s special assessment.
The Board proposed a quote of $15,000 for the electrical refitting task. A resident requested competing quotes. The Board will do the homework as it is expected that major expenses have 3 contractor quotes before a final decision. The sole quote presented is from the electrician who has completed several tasks at Hillcrest 11.
A resident on the 3rd floor reported discourteous conduct by some who do not remove their lint after using dryer. And someone is using too much detergent or soap that is not branded with the HE logo. Your money bought this laundry equipment, your money will pay to repair it if we all don’t abide by those guidelines posted in all laundry rooms. If reading English is challenging, just ask someone for assistance, it will save us money in the long run. Or perhaps bilingual signs will become the new normal soon.
Residents raised the issue of residents placing litter on the property and not contributing to pick up litter. A resident recounted observing litter remain untouched for two days. We all should chip in to pick up litter that may blow or wash on to Hillcrest 11 or be left by visitors. This helps manage the cleaning expense for common areas.
The Board announced all meetings will be in Clubhouse #2 (see photo above) and Clubhouse #3 (immediately behind Hillcrest 11) is transitioning to a fitness center (see photo, right). Access to the fitness center is yet to be determined, there will be an annual fee of $52 or more to cover upkeep. Access to the gate to each pool will be changed to electronic access using a wob.
Parking permits have been ordered, distribution will be announced. It was emphasized that residents are not allowed to park in guest spaces. Board introduced a new rule: residents with more than 2 cars must arrange to park off-site. A resident with a 2-bedroom unit and sometimes 3 cars expressed outrage. The Board plans to hire a company to monitor the parking courtyard to enforce rules and use of permits. At first, this expense seems excessive for a 42-unit building already on a tight budget, really!
The campaign to reduce our water bill is still in play, residents are asked to avoid letting faucets run excessively and to trade-up old toilets. A rebate may still be available from the City of Hollywood. The Board suggests there might be a leak in the main pipe causing our bill to be more than Building #2 which has about 60 units and water bills averaging $2000 per month. To inspect for leaks in the main, water must be shut-off. Will the City reimburse if a leak is found? Stay tuned for update.
Hillcrest Country Club
Insights on pros and cons of the development proposals for Hillcrest were shared and residents were encouraged to visit: HILLCRESTINFORMATION.com and attend an information meeting in Hillcrest Country Club. Read the flyer, click there >> PROS & CONS. Government ID is required to cast your vote at the Hillcrest Country Club. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT VOTE, YOU ARE IN FACT VOTING FOR THE OLD PLAN.
Residents should have received a mailing announcing the process for Election of HOA Board at the Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse #2 at 1151 S. Hillcrest Court. Anyone interested in volunteering to be a Board Member should submit their candidate information sheet by March 18th.
This report was updated March 9th @ 12.45 pm. Previous post stated that residents parking a third car at Hillcrest 11 would be fined.