Wrapping up 2013

There are several meetings planned to wrap up 2013.  First, the Budget Committee is meeting to finalize a proposed budget to the Board.  Next, the Board will convene to vote to adopt the proposed budget.  Finally, the Annual Meeting will be held when Board Members are elected and the Budget is voted on by the Unit Owners. 

There's a lot of activity, please let your voice be heard! 

Important Message from Community Council

 South Addition Community Council

 CRIME ALERT 

ALERT --  

 A neighbor has reported:


A van or truck has been coming to 11th Ave. and dropping off 4-6 men who then walk down the alleys and streets looking for open cars and open doors. Three homes have been robbed on 11th Ave. Two of the owners were in the house during the burglaries. No one hurt because the owners never saw the burglars.

Bonnie Harris, President

South Addition Community Council

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Important info regarding 2014 budget

The annual meeting has been postponed to allow for more Owner discussion and commentary on the 2014 budget and the planned deferred maintenance projects before presentation to the Owners for a vote.

There will still be a meeting November 6, 2013 at the Pioneer Home, but this will be a regular board meeting. All owners are strongly urged to attend. Further details and a revised 2014 budget will be available soon.

Transient

Important Budget Meeting

Please attend the important budget meeting THIS EVENING, October 2, 2013 at 6:30pm. Discuss the 2014 budget including a proposed dues increase. See your email for details!

BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETING AGENDA

BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETING AGENDA

PARK PLACE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION

July 31, 2013, 6:30 P.M.

4th Floor Meeting Room - North Building

6:30 1. ESTABLISH QUORUM; ADJOURN 4/24/13 & 6/12/13 MTG

CONTINUATIONS & CALL 7/31/13 MTG TO ORDER

6:30 2. APPROVE AGENDA

6:35 3. HOMEOWNER COMMENTS

6:50 4. APPROVE MINUTES: Draft 12/19/12, 4/24/13 & 6/12/13 Meeting

minutes (Marin)

6:55 5. MANAGER’S REPORT (Marin)

A. MANAGEMENT CHANGES

B. LEASE REGISTRATION

C. VIOLATION NOTICES

D. MOVE-IN FEES

E. RESALE CERTIFICATES

F. MAINTENANCE PROPERTY INSPECTIONS

G. FHA CERTIFICATION

7:15 6. TREASURER’S REPORT (Marin)

A. OPERATING

B. RESERVES

C. RESTORATION ACCOUNT

D. 2012 AUDIT & FINANCIAL STATEMENT

E. DELINQUENCY REPORT (Osowski)

7:25 7. COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. AIR HANDLING SYSTEMS S. & N. BLDGS. & GARAGES (Haley)

B. SOUTH BLDG. GARBAGE CHUTES UPDATE (Haley)

C. SOUTH BLDG. BOILER & WATER HEATER PROJECT (Haley)

D. SOUTH BLDG. UNITS BASEBOARD HEAT SHUTOFF VALVES & THERMOSTATS (HALEY)

7:45 8. OLD BUSINESS

A. BUILDING/GARAGE SECURITY (Marin)

B. ELEVATOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE (Marin)

C. PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM UPDATE (Marin)

8:00 9. NEW BUSINESS

A. BOARD APPROVAL OF INVOICES (Marin)

B. DRAFT 2014 BUDGET INFO & PROCESS (Powelson)

C. PROPOSED RULE AMENDMENTS (Osowski)

D. ANNUAL MTG PREPARATION

8:45 10. NEXT MEETING DATES –?

8:45 11. ADJOURNMENT/CONTINUATION

8:50 12. EXECUTIVE SESSION

Key Policy

Security is important to the residents of Park Place Condominiums.  The fewer building keys in circulation, the better the chances are that the building will remain secure.  With that in mind, we have a Key Policy that explains the philosophy, the mechanism, and the cost to issuing keys.  Please read it, and keep those keys secure! 

 CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE KEY POLICY

July 31st Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 31st at 6:30 PM in the 4th Floor conference room. We will be proposing some new rule changes. All homeowners are invited to attend.

South Building Boiler Replacement

The association has authorized a new contract for replacement boilers in the South Building, along with replacement of the water heaters.  We expect this will resolve many heating complaints and maintenance issues associated with the 30-year-old existing equipment.  Based upon energy savings realized in the North Building after the fire rebuild, we also expect a significant gas utility cost savings to offset the cost. The new equipment is being installed by Dokoozian Construction, through its plumbing subcontractor, Circle Plumbing.

A letter was sent to all homeowners with complete details about the Boiler Replacement and necessary steps required by homeowners. 

…Click Here to Read all details in the letter from the Association's Attorney

 

Do you have a Green Thumb?....

We have 9 planters in the Courtyard available for "adoption" - anyone who wants to exercise their green thumb can contact Frances at 343-8911 for details.  You would be expected to plant, maintain and do fall clean up on the Planter.

Stolen Keys...

Just a quick heads up!  One of your fellow Residents had her keys stolen from her door while she was inside the unit with a maintenance man.  We do our best to keep the building secure, but we need your help in doing so.  Please refrain from allowing anyone in to the building that you do not personally recognize.  Please be sure to always lock your doors for your own security.  Should anyone find a spare set of keys, please contact Property Management at 343-8911.  Thanks!

Important Notice Regarding Dues

The board recently took emergency action and increased dues in order to fund a huge  insurance increase. The association struggled to find coverage at any price in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as the existing policy expired on New Year’s Eve. Over 25 carriers refused to even supply a quote. The initial fire insurance premium increased 52% over last year’s amount, and insurance is the single largest line item in the budget. Ultimately, we negotiated a policy with much larger deductible that still required a dues increase of approximately $20.70 per unit per month. This was needed after “borrowing” approximately $85,000 from the reserves (the association had to pay most of the premium up front and also collect additional funds for anticipated renewal in 2014).

We also need to inform you that the deductible dramatically increased. The association intends to “self insure” the difference between the $10,000 deductible previously available and the $50,000 deductible that is now required. We urge extreme caution in treating the master policy only as catastrophic loss protection, knowing that any future claim is likely to result in cancellation.

New Statements reflecting the revised 2013 dues have been mailed out.  If you have provided the Association Manager with your e-mail address, an electronic statement should have been emailed as well.

Letter from John regarding conversion of Inlet Towers

Last night I attended the monthly South Addition Community Council (SACC) Board meeting to hear a presentation by one of the new owners, Bob Gross, and AHFC CEO Dan Fauske.  They were there to discuss the conversion of Inlet Towers from a commercial hotel to a residential apartment building.  As part of their loan from AHFC  you may recall they must provide some mix of low income (approximately $35,000 annually) and affordable housing units with their market rate apartments.

The meeting was extremely well attended and most residents of South Addiction wanted information on the impacts to the neighborhood.  Issues such as increased traffic, adequate parking, impacts to schools, noise, and security were some of the major concerns.  One issue that could impact Park Place is that AHFC statutes do not currently allow commercial operations in a residential building in which AHFC has a residential loan.  So technically their Bistro Pub, the “full service” restaurant they recently remodeled, could potentially be closed to the public.  I learned that “full service “ restaurant is the technical term for an eating establishment that serves primarily food but also may provide beer, wine and cocktail service - for some reason the simple word “bar” has a negative connotation so I won’t use that ! 

I know many residents at Park Park and the entire neighborhood enjoy having a place to walk for dinner or a cocktail and would hate to loose this amenity we now enjoy.  Also, I know some residents in the neighborhood would prefer to see no establishment that serve alcohol.  Rep. Gara was also at the meeting and agreed to work with AHFC to change the existing State statues to allow the restaurant to continue operating commercially and be open to the public but only if the SACC supported the concept.  I personally would like to work with SACC to see if we can get that support so the State statute could potentially be changed.

I know some of our residents have additional concerns about the concept of mixing lower income housing and perceived potential negative impacts to the neighborhood or property values.  My observation is that throughout the U.S. communities have moved to a new model of mixing families of different incomes together and not segregating lower income individuals into public housing projects that become crime ridden and blighted as in the past.  This new social housing policy produces more diverse and vibrant neighborhoods if managed well.   Bottom line is Inlet Towers has to find a viable business model that works or in time they would have to close and we certainly do not want to live in the shadow of a vacant tower – remember how the MacKay building on the other side of downtown looked for 20 years until a developer found an approach that worked.

I have had several conversations with Bob Gross and with the improvements he has already voluntarily made along our alley I think he will be a good neighbor and manage Inlet Towers well.  He and his wife actually live in Inlet Towers and obviously want it to be a great place.  If they don’t achieve that I’ve already told Bob he can expect us and the neighborhood to fight him as vociferously as we have fought previous owners on issues of noise, garbage, parking, etc. 

Anyway, SACC will be pursuing this issue over the next few months and I anticipate they will probably vote on a formal resolution perhaps as early as their January 17, 2013 meeting.  I would like your thoughts on perhaps moving our next Park Place Board meeting to December 19, 2012 so we can also consider a resolution on this issue.  Bob has offered to let us use the large conference room at Inlet Towers so more of Park Place residents can see the new restaurant renovations and interior improvements they have already made.  I would like our residents to hear his vision for Inlet Tower and also be able to discuss their concerns, issues and questions about how this will operate.

I apologize that this is all very sudden and only learned of the details a few weeks ago when I returned home.   I am also leaving home again this weekend and will not return until December 12.  However, I would like all Park Place residents who are interested in these issues whether in support or opposition to be able to actively participate in the discussion.  If the majority of the Board agrees I will ask Bob to reserve the large Inlet Tower’s conference room for our next Board meeting to be scheduled on December 19.  If most of you do not want to do that I’ll ask Bob to plan to attend our next regular Board meeting on January 16, 2013 and make a presentation to us at that time.

Please let me know your preference or feel free to suggest an alternative approach.

Thanks much.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

John

Winter is Here!! Friendly reminders from the Association

Winter is here and with it comes the snow, ice, dark, and wind that can lead to unsafe conditions in and around the building.  The Association would like to ask for your cooperation in keeping our Buildings and the surrounding exterior areas easily accessible and safe for all Residents and Visitors!  Here's how you can help:

Recent Changes at Inlet Tower

This is an update of the recent changes at Inlet Tower regarding a loan with Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.  That loan provides that Inlet Tower will no longer be a commercial hotel but instead a multi-family apartment complex with a mix of low-income, affordable, and market rate units.  The restaurant and bar will have to be restricted to Inlet Tower residents after December 31, 2012 due to AHFC Statutes.  AHFC will be working with the State legislature this session to obtain amendments to the current law so that the restaurant and bar may be reopened to the public and not restricted to just Inlet Tower residents.

The following is an agenda for the next South Addition Community Council meeting at which Bob Gross one of the owners at Inlet Towers will be presenting information on the changes proposed for Inlet Towers.  If you may have questions or an interest in this issue this meeting would be a great opportunity to learn more. 

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SACC -- South Addition Community Council

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7 PM 

Anchorage Pioneers’ Home, 5th floor – the room left from the elevator

Agenda 

I.  Call to Order 

A. Changes or Additions to Agenda 

B. Approval of October 18, 2012 Meeting Minutes – the minutes are posted on the SACC page at http://www.communitycouncils.org/ 

II.  Reports

A. President – Bonnie Harris tavi2@gci.net  

B. Treasurer – Melanie San Angelo

C.   Police   

D.   Assembly – Patrick Flynn 

C. Legislature 

D. Federation of Community Councils (FCC) 

III. Council Business (presentation 5-7 minutes each)

A. Inlet Towers - Owner Bob Gross presentation on current operation as apartments, with 37 of 182 units to be low-income and 54 at fair market rent. 

B. Title 21 Update - Title 21 rewrite as provisionally adopted by Assembly was in 2010, where it stands now, what community members can do to advocate for Title 21 issues important for their area - Citizen’s Coalition Title 21.

C. SWS Curbside Trash Pick-up - subcommittee update - Gene Storm

D. Police - APDEA Resolution to support MOA 2013 “B” budget which calls for a police academy and eliminates police department layoffs.

V.  Community Comments (3 minutes each)

VI.  Adjourn.   

Next Executive Committee Meeting, Thursday, December 6st – 6 pm

Next General Membership Meeting, Thursday, December 20 – 7 pm

Vice President – Lanie Fleischer 

Treasurer – Melanie San Angelo

Members-at-large – Cathleen Hahn, Kathy Weeks, Albert Whitehead

Annual Meeting Scheduled! October 10th, 2012

The Annual Meeting has been scheduled for October 10th, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Pioneers' Home.  We will be meeting on the 5th Floor.  The Pioneers' Home is located at 923 W. 11th Avenue.

2012 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

  I.          Member Check-In, Call to Order, Introductions, and Determination of Quorum

In accordance with the Bylaws (Article III, Sections 3.10 and 3.11), the presence at the Annual Meeting of members, in person or by proxy, of Thirty Percent (30%) of the total voting power shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the votes eligible to be cast on a matter by the members present or represented by a proxy is necessary for adoption.

 II.         Proof of Notice of Meeting

The Notice of Meeting and Proxies were mailed via U.S. Mail in accordance with the Bylaws, Article III, Section 3.5.

III.         Approval of Minutes of 2011 Annual Meeting 

IV.         Reports of President and Treasurer

 V.         Business

              A.        Approval of 2013 Budget

              In accordance with Section 15.4 of the Declaration, the budget is ratified unless a majority of all Unit Owners rejects the budget, whether or not a quorum is present.

              B.        Election of Board of Directors

VI.         Member Comments, Questions, Discussion

VII.        Adjournment

Web 3.0

Welcome to 3.0!

This is a major renovation of the parkplacealaska.com website. The site now incorporates social media, a clean interface, and allows Park Place Condominium personnel to update news in a variety of ways.

This isn't an end, nor is it a beginning, but one more milepost in improving communications in the community.

Security

At Park Place Condominiums we are one of the few properties in Anchorage to have secure, covered and heated parking for all who live here.  At the annual meeting held in October, we were reminded by the Board to be on the lookout and to report anything suspicious that you see.  A few common-sense reminders for us all:

  • Make sure doors shut and lock behind you
  • Be sure the Garage Door goes down after you drive through
  • Don't let anyone inside if you don't personally know them
  • Don't override locks, always bring your key!
  • Stay informed!  Visiting this website helps you do that