MONTHLY MAINTENANCE

Dear Hillcrest 11 Residents,

As you are aware, being an owner in a condominium building means you are a cooperative owner, along with the other residents in the building.  Your monthly maintenance payments  pay bills for the building: electric, water/sewer, waste collection, cable TV, elevator service, landscaping and janitorial, to name a few.

There are also annual bills such as, certification and inspection of  fire alarms and extinguishers, the elevator, as well as building insurance.  Each year these costs are presented and approved during an annual budget meeting and incorporated into your monthly maintenance payment based on your percentage of common ownership.  When an owner of our building does not pay, or fails to pay their monthly maintenance in a timely manner this causes an unfair situation to the remaining residents of our building.

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BUDGET MEETING RECAP

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 ClubhoDCIM100GOPROuse #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.

WASTING WATER COSTS MONEY

The water you waste costs you money.  It’s that simple.

thThat leaky toilet you forget to fix, running water when you’re not using it, and the water you don’t recycle show up in our monthly water bill.

Please notify a Board member if you notice a water leak or the toilet in your unit continuously runs as if the tank is still filling long after it was flushed.

Fixing a leaky toilet saves HUNDREDS OF GALLONS OF WATER a day, and that saves money. A leaky, running toilet wastes more water than a dripping faucet.

Building water bills are our biggest expense.  Remember, each of us is responsible for paying building bills through our monthly maintenance payment.  If building bills increase that can hike up your monthly maintenance dues.

A handy tipsheet that was delivered to your door to help get you into the GOOD HABIT of SAVING WATER and keeping our water bills reasonable.  No one wants higher HOA dues, so stop flushing money down your toilet.

CONSERVE WATER & SAVE MONEY

  1. Take shorter showers; baths use more water.Water Pressure
  2. Don’t run water while shaving or brushing teeth.
  3. Only run laundry machine and dishwasher with full load.
  4. Replace old toilets, shower head and faucets with water-conserving fixtures.
  5. Don’t leave faucet running while soaping dishes or rinsing fruits/veggies.
  6. Recycle old water by using it on plants instead of throwing it down a drain.

Give yourself an applause if you already practice 4 or 5 of these tips every day or encourage neighbors to get hooked on these good habits.

Saving water to lower our bills is everyone’s responsibility and should be taken seriously when you consider the high cost for wasting water.