Fall/Winter 2012 Highlights
News from the Board Room
There have been a few changes to the make-up of the Board of Directors over the past few months. We bid a sad farewell to Irene Barsotti and Hugh Flanagan and we thank them tremendously for their dedication to our community and all their hard work. They were valued members our team and they will be missed. In their place we welcomed Jack Knudson and Susan Wortsman. Please join us in welcoming and thanking them for joining us. We are looking forward to a productive year.
Please do not forget if you need to get in touch with the Board, you can email us at Board@countryclubridge.org. This email address will email the entire Board as well as Florence Sullivan.
As you know, there was a break-in in the main garage back in November. A few cars were broken into and stolen from. The Greenburgh police are still investigating and believe they have a lead. Hopefully we will have more information as it becomes available.
Safety of our residents is a top concern. We have cameras being installed in the garage this week that will be recording 24/7. There will be 4 high definition security cameras in the main garage that are capable of recording day and night and can store over 30 days of video. In addition, we are exploring additional bids to have cameras placed at both entrances of the complex to monitor everyone coming in and out, on foot and by car.
Gas Conversion in Buildings 91 and 51: The gas connection in building 91 was finally signed off on and turned on by ConEd on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. This will save us a significant amount of money in the winter months. ConEd pushed this back several months due to hurricane Sandy and their need to deploy resources to other areas. After much persistence from management and the Board, they were here this week to finalize one of the connections. We are waiting on their update about when they will come back and connect 51.
Because of the work that has been done, Con Ed has made some temporary asphalt repairs in these areas. This spring, after the tanks have been removed the asphalt will be redone properly when the asphalt companies reopen. Please use caution when walking in these areas. Cones have been placed at these sites and we have done our best to make the area as safe as possible until such time as this work is completed. We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during this project.
Roof Repairs: The roofing company began the repairs to the roofs caused by Hurricane Sandy this week and will finish the job as best they can weather permitting. We will update you on their progress. Much of these repair costs will be covered by our insurance due to the fact it was storm damage.
The roof on building 5 was replaced back in November and the gutters were cleaned out.
Heating Issues: Several shareholders have complained that their apartments are too hot. We had our engineer come through and take a look to find that one boiler was not grounded so the temperature was not regulating properly. The Board discussed the need for all boilers to be recalibrated since this seems to be a common theme. A meeting will be held with the engineer and the Board to discuss the heating system and the work still needed to continue to make the system efficient and save us money.
Painting of Hallways: The hallways in Building’s #35, #51, #137, & #155 have been primed, plastered and painted due to poor condition and concerns from residents about lead paint. The Board has discussed painting all the hallways over time and will be discussing new paint colors.
The CCR Website
If you have not already checked it out, we have a new website you can see at www.countryclubridge.org. Please visit this site to sign up to receive timely emails regarding announcements, events and share information via the blog with fellow shareholders.
Hurricane Sandy: Thank you for all your support and patience during and after the hurricane. A huge thank you to Bob and Kevin for responding so quickly to all the issues and helping to find a way to reroute some of the electrical work so we could all have hot water. They worked tirelessly to make sure we were all taken care of to the best of their ability. The power was finally restored by Con Ed on 11/8/12 after
10 days. The Board has been researching and discussing how to prepare for future storms. Generators have been discussed and we continue to have the issue of 7 boilers on the property and cost and storage of these generators is a challenge.
Further investigation is taking place for long term planning.
2013 Pool Season: Based on the challenges we have had over the past few summers, we consulted with several shareholders at a pool committee meeting in October and voted and agreed to not renew the contract with American Pool and Management. Instead, the pool will be run in house and will hire 2 of its own lifeguards. Thank you to the committee for your time and input.