May 2021 Newsletter
New Roofing Shingles
Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey to implement a cap to limit rentals to 25%. We had 20 votes in favor of implementing a cap and only one vote against. Based on this survey we have a majority of homeowners in favor of this proposal. The Board is working with our Attorney to implement this change and we will let you know when it’s effective.
New Pool Furniture
We just learned our new pool furniture will not arrive until sometime in August because of a delay in production.
The new landscaping around the pool is complete and the new plants and flowers look beautiful. I think you will agree we have the best-looking property in the area. We would like to thank the Gardening Committee and Michele for all their work.
Watering the New Plants
Watering per gardeners is best suited for morning. Per the gardeners watering is best suited for early morning (5:00 to 9:00 am); when using a sprinkler, garden hose, or any other device that wets the plant foliage. When watering is completed, the plant foliage dries quickly. The rapid drying of plant foliage helps guard against the development of fungal diseases.
At night, water tends to rest in the soil, around the roots, and on the foliage, which encourages rot, fungal growth, and insects.
Spraying down plants in the hot sunlight is akin to sunburn the leaves and they will turn brown and die.
New Roof for Building No. 3 – (Units 4400-4412)
This summer building number 3 will get a new roof. The current roof is 24 years old, and in need of being replaced. The project should take about a week or two to finish. We want to get it done before it gets too hot. During this construction project you can expect noise, dirt, and some delays in getting into and out of your garage. We will have a start date after the contract is signed.
There are two Satellite dishes on the roof. The roofer will need to take down the dishes and the service will be disrupted for a week or two during construction. If the dishes are being used, they will need to be reattached and recalibrated to get the proper signal back. There may be some additional expense to the homeowners who use this service. Please let the Board know if you are using a satellite dish, and the name of your provider which will help us identify your dish. If we do not hear from anyone, these dishes will be discarded.
Fortunately, the State of California now mandates that all new commercial roofs are required to use reflective shingles that bounce back a percentage of the sun’s rays. These new 30-year rated shingles will help keep your 2nd floors cooler. We will also be installing two roof vents over each unit that will allow some of the hot air that accumulates in the attics to escape. It’s hard to believe our roofs currently do not have any ventilation.
A few homeowners are considering adding a solar fan to move additional hot air from the attics. The homeowner will need to purchase the solar fan and the roofer will charge the homeowner $200 to install the solar fan. You may also want to consider adding additional roof vents to vent out your bathroom exhaust moisture through the roof. Moisture accumulating in the attic can cause a mold problem. We currently have three solar attic fans on the property and the owners all think they are worth the money. Please let us know if you need any information about these solar fans or additional vents.
As you know, these units were built in 1964 so they are 57 years old. If you are one of the homeowners with the original attic insulation, you may want to consider getting some new insulation to help you keep your unit cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. New insulation should also save you some money in your utility bills.
Once this roof is finished, we will have to replace a roof each year for the next four years at an average cost of approximately $43,000 each. We currently plan to fund our reserves by $35,616 each year which will help to offset the cost of each new roof. Once you factor in additional known, and unknown reserve costs, we will most likely significantly lower our reserve balance at the end of the five-year roofing schedule. Since the buildings were all build at the same time, the Association gets hit with these large re-roofing expenses about every 25 years. This year is the start of this expensive roofing cycle.
Toluca Town House No. 3 Homeowners Association
6:30 p.m., Monday, May 10, 2021
Via Zoom Conference
Online shoppers should be aware of porch pirates, people who simply wait for people’s packages to arrive and steal them. According to the Better Business Bureau, package theft is at an all-time high.
On Sunday one of our owners had a package stolen from their porch area. The event was picked up on their Ring Doorbell.
Remember to try not to leave packages unattended, make a specific delivery time when people are home or even requiring a signature for packages is also a good idea.
If you see packages at your neighbor’s front door, please take a minute to pick up their packages for them if they are not home. Let your neighbor know if you are going away for a few days and ask them to keep an eye on your unit.
For USPS deliveries you can also sign up for USPS Informed Delivery. You get a notification every day that lets you know what is coming to your mailbox. This also includes packages shipped through the USPS.